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No, of course not, but it seems that a less than ethical broker (if such exist) would be more interested in their bottom line over yours.
I've never used the broker I have no experience with them, what about you? Have you bought a boat? do you own a boat? Do you go through life full of mistrust of people that you've never used or had any experience with? Knowledge is power, if you don't have it, you pay somebody to has it.

There's a very good chance the person you're paying for that knowledge and experience has a good your reputation and relies on good reports and word-of-mouth for much of their business

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Re: Someone To Find A Sailboat For Me?

No, I've never used a broker, though one does hear horror stories. OTOH, I suppose that in these days of Yelp & Angies List it's harder for the unethical ones to stay for long.
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Re: Someone To Find A Sailboat For Me?

Sounds like it comes down to if your budget is enough to warrant a broker.

Either way, you'll need to come up with some criteria about what your ideal boat looks like in order to better focus the list of recommended ones... there are many threads on many forums "which is the best..." - we can give you advice, opinions, or even recommendations but you need to offer some parameters first.

Some initial criteria:
What is your budget
What is your experience
Where will you sail initially
Where do you want to sail (this boat) ultimately
How many crew/passengers do you plan to handle
How long of a passage do you plan to be able to provision for
What do you plan to do with/on the boat (race, fish, scuba dive, live aboard, etc.)
Special considerations
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I wanted a Catalina 320 fin keel, Yanmar engine, conventional main etc. so I looked at all that were available locally then had my broker check on one 450 miles away in San Francisco, we flew up and I bought that one. You must be much more specific than "over 30' that I can single hand", I don't have a clue what YOU can sail single handed.
I'd sold my previous boat without broker, however I had a friend who owned a brokerage, was a circumnavigator, 100 ton master etc. and since it was no cost to me I used him. I still told him which boats I was interested in looking at.

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Hey,

Over the last 15 or so years I have dealt with many brokers. As in any field there are good and not so good ones.

I have had brokers excited to help me buy a 15K boat, and brokers that didn't return my calls on a 100K boat.

Speak to lots of them, get referrals from others, and use your judgement.

If you are not experienced in boats and boat buying you DEFINITELY should find and use a good broker.

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Re: Someone To Find A Sailboat For Me?

Why get a broker when you can listen to all the "experts" on here? Some of them even sail and own boats.
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I am new to this so I figured I'd ask...

I'm looking for atleast a 30' cruiser sailboat, maybe a little longer that I can single-hand.

I want something that is pretty much turn key but I wouldn't pass up a deal that might need some investment/upgrades.

I've been looking for so long now and haven't had any luck finding one that has the layout I want, in the condition I want.

I was wondering, is there someone I can hire to look and find a sailboat for me?

Any help is greatly appreciated.
We just had a major Hurricane strike the continent. Be VERY VERY careful. Hurricane boats will be popping up all over. Make sure you have a great broker by getting references and an even better surveyor.
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Pooped may be a better word....

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Re: Someone To Find A Sailboat For Me?

As others have said you have to reasearch and define you individual criteria more

We all look for different things in boats. Some want performance , others comfort, some want chlorox bottles, some want teak monsters. Some prefer traditional old school overhangs with swept sterns, some like big wide asses. Some are looking at a bargain price , while others see value in craftmanship and long term worth. Everyone is different . Who are you?

Any boat can be single handed depending on a persons skill or can be set up that way.

I have many reputable friends who are brokers, are very knowledgeable and want to sell boats whether for $20,000 or $200,000. Yes there are some bad brokers, but that's the same in any profession.


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I asked a (very)simple question as others have asked similarly the same thing and received no answer.. I (highly) doubt the OP is serious or real in his/her intentions....

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