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John:

First of all, you have nothing to apologize for. Jill, in her response to your first posting, basically admitted that she fell down on you. Having "over 25 years+" as a "yacht broker and dealer" she really should have exercised both better judgement and a higher level of professionalism in her dealings with you. She then filled the rest of her response with pollyanna notions and broker rhetoric. Once upon a time, long before the days of the internet and boat buying sites such as this one, yachtworld, and BUC, a broker was an absolute necessity. Now, I would argue that most sailors have a vast number of resources available to them to aid in their search for a boat. The greatest of these is, of course, the internet. In addition to being able to view actual boats for sale, one is able to gather additional quantitative information and, most importantly, get opinions from owners and such. The brokers role is now limited at best in most cases as the buyer is much more educated about the general choices available and the actual boats for sale in the market. In any case, John, I think that your only mistake was not to call other brokers in the area on that Thursday. Good luck in your search.
 
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