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Hey gents...

So I have been religiously perusing yachtworld during my bored hours and I have noticed a distinct trend. Boats which cite their location as Lake Lanier in GA have prices 5-6k less than comparable boats in coastal areas. Seriously, it looks like you can get a well maintained cal, pearson, or catalina in GA for the same price as some post sandy derelicts.

Any thoughts on why prices on that particular lake are so much lower?
 

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need to factor in the need to have them moved ....unless you are buying to stay on the lake. With the lake so low, many buyers do want to sell, and the market dictates the prices you see.

best of luck
 

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Interesting, obviously, there are way more boats available then buyers, hence the low prices. With a quick web search it appears there is considerable sailing infrastructure there so there should be demand unless wind is bad, water is low and/or the lake is difficult to get to.

Here in Arizona prices are much higher than what a boat would sell for in SoCal. We have a large fleet, but demand seems high and the two sailing schools on the lake teaching ASA 101 seem to be full every weekend.

I hear many stories of people heading to the coast to buy boats and tow them back and save a few thousand bucks...
 

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Not many of the boats I see here are well maintained, but still good deals. I see a ton that are not advertised as well. Guy next to me bought a 22 or 23 ft Benefit, a 99 model with a 4 year old merc outboard for $1200 after it had been unused for a couple months. Tons of similar deals. My Catalina 27 was 2 grand and in good condition.

For the price of transport to the coast you could still come out ahead.
 

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I was wondering about that too. I was reading a bit and it sounded like you could follow the chatahoochee south to the gulf. Probably have to get the mast destepped. Thoughts on cost of doing that and motoring to FL vs having it shipped?
 

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need to factor in the need to have them moved ....unless you are buying to stay on the lake. With the lake so low, many buyers do want to sell, and the market dictates the prices you see.

best of luck
Lake Lanier is not low, in fact it has been over the plan full pool level since last April, sometimes 2+ ft over full pool. Right now it is a little above full summer pool which is a foot higher than winter full pool. A big change from 2008 when we were 20 ft down, and even 1.5 years ago when we were 14 ft down.

Many boat ramps, marinas with slips available, and a self service yard with 25 ton travel lift, so those can't be it.

Also to Stagman, Lanier is not navigable from the Gulf any further north than below Columbus, GA except by kayak, but there are lots of big sail boats that are trucked in.

Guess we're stuck with the supply vs. demand imbalance theory.
 
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