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Re: used sailboat market
The market for smaller, older sailboats is definitely soft here in CT too. My friend had an early 2000's vintage 24 foot Beneteau. I would say the condition of the boat was Good to VG. It had a four stroke Honda outboard (well-maintained), and a clean trailer. Last year, he and his partner decided to part with the boat. He couldn't sell it, he couldn't donate it. He wound up giving it away for free.
This year, I tried to sell my 1979 Oday 23. A soft spot on the deck, but a less-than one year old four stroke, electric start outboard, 8 year old sails, new life lines, new chartplotter, new tiller, new portable toilet, new battery. Clean. I listed the boat for $2500 for a quick sale. I showed the boat four times, but got no offers. After a month, I lowered the price to $1500, got a ton of calls and emails, and wound up selling her for $1300. I consider myself lucky.