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Best time to buy a used boat?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by beachit, Nov 19, 2020.

  1. Chris-380

    Chris-380 Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2019
    Pontoon Beach IL
    2000 380 Sundancer
    7.4L Horizon w/V drives

    My last boat was a 268 vista, Bristol condition. Priced it about 10% lower than what I thought was possible max sale price. First guy that looked at it came back with about 15% off that. I told him “no thank you, I set the price at what I wanted to sell it for”.

    He came back in a couple weeks and admitted what I told him and that he can find cheaper, but he won’t find as nice for that price.....

    It was January, he bought it without a test drive. I sold it for what I paid, but the upgrades I lost on, but was glad I did them. Actually see the boat often....

    I like to tinker and improve my boat. I got to enjoy the boat with the upgrades, and it sealed the deal imo
     
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2020
  2. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Active Member

    323
    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River
    1991 250 Sundancer & Goplus 7.5' / 2.6hp outboard.
    Previous: 180BR, 220DA, 268DA, 250DA, 268DA
    7.4 Bravo 1
    Best time is when you find what suits you. But don’t think your gonna steal just cause of season. Example: and I ain’t selling mine but I already paid to store/winterize. I am set til spring. And in this time I am puttin on manifolds risers and fixin everything wrong and not 100%. Now, that said if I was selling, I could sell now and you could get a slight cheaper price then fix it all on your dime come spring. Or you can buy in spring with a turn key boat but either way YOU are paying.
     
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  3. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Active Member

    323
    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River
    1991 250 Sundancer & Goplus 7.5' / 2.6hp outboard.
    Previous: 180BR, 220DA, 268DA, 250DA, 268DA
    7.4 Bravo 1
    Look. You may find one slightly below market value because of a divorce settlement or medical reason and they got get out quick. But if you get a ‘steal’ you WILL regret it. The market is very good and nobody is given them away.
     
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  4. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    My last 4 boats:
    -Wife wanted a cottage on a lake...now
    -Lost it over Michigan winters...went to Florida left boat to a broker
    -Divorce... guess was he would have been happy with a dollar
    -Damn boat show
    I paid but no where near what I had to..there is alway a reason why people are selling...you just have to figure out how motivated
     
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  5. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Active Member

    323
    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River
    1991 250 Sundancer & Goplus 7.5' / 2.6hp outboard.
    Previous: 180BR, 220DA, 268DA, 250DA, 268DA
    7.4 Bravo 1
    Blue one,
    Not sure if you agree or disagree. You can maybe find a deal. They out there, but how long willing to wait. I wanted a 268 red or blue this spring. None. Got a 250 green
     
  6. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    Point was figure out what is motivating the seller.... you decide what you want to pay
     
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  7. Chip S

    Chip S Active Member

    218
    Jun 17, 2019
    Bordentown, NJ
    1993 Sea Ray 200 Overnighter
    1993 Mercury 150 hp Black Max Outboard
    In my experience there are many boats in good condition that are overpriced and there are many boats in bad condition that are priced reasonably. When you find a boat in good condition that is priced reasonably you need to move quickly. They don't last very long.
     
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