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I can give a different perspective to the poll. I just purchased my first sailboat. I mostly searched three websites Craigslist, Sailboatlisting and Ebay.

I purchased a boat that was listed on Sailbaotlisting.org.

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Used Sailboatlistings, sailing texas, craigslist...
I got responses from ALL 3...
most of my most ridiculous responses were from sailboatlistings (you know, bring the boat to FL, and my shipping company will ship it to Argentina types)...

HOWEVER, I sold the boat through sailboatlistings.

IF I hadn't sold my boat though, I'd have then opted for yachtworld. While it requires a broker, they have several options with online brokers that do a decent job of "promoting" your boat. Plus they also have a thorough listing of soldboats so know what is a logical price and stick to it, to fight for you to sell at a decent price. I've dealt with several brokers while looking for my next boat. They all have a very lucid way to promote the boats they sell, and are willing to back up prices for their customers with facts. For this reason they'd be a my "fallback."

For a higher dollar boat ($15k or more for my pain threshold) I'd definitely consult a broker FIRST, not last.
 

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Used Sailboatlistings, sailing texas, craigslist...
I got responses from ALL 3...
most of my most ridiculous responses were from sailboatlistings (you know, bring the boat to FL, and my shipping company will ship it to Argentina types)....
I used Good Old Boat and have two checks for several thousand dollars (and hundreds above the asking price) which I knew were worthless and did not deposit.
 

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My Gosh we could start a WHOLE new thread on the stupid crap people say/do to sell/buy a boat.
 

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Bought it thru Craigslist, probably sell it that way too, although I do know of people who have followed the above advice concerning abandoned/unused boats and got some good deals, naturally involving a lot of "sweat equity".
 
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