The broker thing was a reality check. He is probably a good broker and sells boats... easier these days apparently. His email confirmed that very little matters other than the age of the boat, how popular the model is and that is sound. He didn't even mention that Contests are not well known and not in demand in this area. But I kinda understood that. I was sort of surprised at the fact that ANY owner improvements / upgrades seem to virtually no impact on the price.Take the information. It doesn't mean you have to do one thing or another. Personally, knowing you and Shiva pretty well I think you will never sell the boat She is worth more in the true sense - the joy she provides, and the happy days aboard.
But markets are markets and every time a price goes up, the choices for buyers widen and other competitive attractive boats become available. A lot of those are maybe not nicer, or faster, or more comfortable - but they are newer and more saleable.
As your friend I always hoped you'd get $75k. But I think now you can sit back and enjoy the boat.