Boat shopping

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  1. Gasman

    Gasman Member

    78
    May 30, 2015
    Great Lakes
    2001 29' sun dancer sold
    2000 340 sundancer
    Twin 5.0 mercruiser
    7.1 v-drives
    A buddy of mine is in the market to buy his first boat.... We live in MI so now this is the time of year everyone is pulling there for winter storage... So my question is is this a good time for him to go boat shopping for a good deal considering people may not want to pay for storage of they were planning on getting a new boat in the spring or wait til the spring after people have already bought a new boat and want to get rid of the old one???
     
  2. wyrman

    wyrman Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    880
    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350's, V drives
    1994 18' Bluewater bowrider
    This is a great time. My new to me 07 310 will be arriving next week.
     
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  3. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    Most people lined up storage weeks ago and paid a deposit. So I would say storage cost is not much of or even a factor. Time wise, it's not a bad time to buy in our West Michigan market.
     
  4. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    Yeah...August is more the time to beat the storage investment timing. At this point most have already paid and are getting pulled.

    Maybe beat the cost for summer though? Just paid mine today actually. Good times.
     
  5. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    It's a good time to learn about how an owner takes care of a boat that is for sale. If I were buying, boats that were put away clean with servicing of all systems completed would be of most interest. It shows that the owner had some interest in doing things the correct way. Dirty boats with spotty records.....forget 'em.
     
  6. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Actually it might be a good time. Along with the purchase of the boat you might be able to negotiate with the seller to pick up the cost of his winter storage.

    If the boat's been winterized, make sure the purchase contract specifies that the sale is dependent on a successful survey in the spring after launch.
     

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