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I am in search of a liveboard sailboat for my wife and I. Does anyone have any suggestions on what sailboats out there make the best liveaboard? Also does anyone have a really good broker to use when buying a boat?
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Re: Looking for a good buyer broker

Where are you located, price range, and what size/style boat are you looking for?
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Re: Looking for a good buyer broker

Without at least some little clue about where you are planning to look for a boat, you are not going to get any useful responses.
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Re: Looking for a good buyer broker

Currently live in the Chicago Metro area, and looking to find something in the 40-50 foot range.
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Preferably below 100K on the price.
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Re: Looking for a good buyer broker

Didn't we have a long discussion in your other thread as to why your plan to jump into sailing with a 40-50 footer wasn't a good plan?

I'm sure there are plenty of boat brokers who will gladly help you sink a boat load of money into a boat.

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There are several boat yards with owner brokers in the chicago area. Do an internet search. Also go down to Crowley's and see what they have available. Per other comments 40 - 50 foot is not a good starter idea.
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Well, whats a good starter? I think you could sink a boat load of money into any kind of boat. Do I purchase a 20 footer that my family could not comfortably spend weekends on? Dump a boat load of money into repairs and upgrades, and then lose a boat load of money when I try to sell it among the thousands of other small sailboats that are currently on the market? I guess you could pretty much second guess any decision when it comes to buying any boat. Are they necessities? Absolutely not! If I am looking for a boat my family could eventually possibly live on, why would I purchase anything less? I guess I just want to eliminate the hassle of buying something I dont really want and then struggling to sell it later on. If I were a 20 year old with big dreams, I could totally see starting small, but time is not on my side.
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Re: Looking for a good buyer broker

My first boat was a 30' Catalina. Many thousands were made because it was and still is a very popular boat. It served my family well for 4 years. Wife and I and 2 teenage sons.
We paid $11k for it, and sold it 4 years later for $10,500. Only major repair we had to do in 4 years was to have the transmission rebuilt. Everything else we spent, we would have spent on any boat.
No, you don't go out and buy a 20 footer that no one will be happy with, but you buy something maybe in the 28-32 range that the two of you will be comfortable on to spend weekends, maybe a week or two of vacation. This is where you learn what you like and what you don't like when it comes to types and styles of boats and the various equipment, gear and amenities that come with them.

Have you researched the difference in the various costs that will come with a 30 footer vs. a 45'? Differences in slip rent, cost to haul, cost to bottom paint, various maintenance, insurance, etc. You will be shocked at the difference in costs between those 2 sizes.

If you don't believe me, go to a full service marina and find out the differences in slip fees, haul out fees and bottom painting fees between a 30 and a 45. Also, I'm just guessing here, but you will find way more marinas that can handle a 30 over marinas that can handle a 45'

You can easily find a very nice starter boat in the $15-25k range that will serve you well, and sell it when you are ready to move up. If you buy the right boat, chances are good you won't have to take a real beating when you sell as it has already depreciated.
Even if you take a resale beating on it, for the 5-6-7 years, you have the smaller boat, you will save many thousands of $$ by not having to pay the associated costs that come with a 45' boat vs. a 30'. Believe me, you will come out ahead of the game moneywise.

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I am in search of a liveboard sailboat for my wife and I. Does anyone have any suggestions on what sailboats out there make the best liveaboard? Also does anyone have a really good broker to use when buying a boat?
I went with a Catalina 42...
Call Kevin Welch 321.693.1642 He's in Florida, but so are a lot of boats...
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