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Old 11-22-2020, 01:09 PM
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I sold my last boat without a broker. I tell people upfront that I don't show the boat to ďlookersĒ, only cash ready buyers. They may think thatís rude but I donít care. Iím pleasant to everyone who still schedules a meeting and shows up, however, I think only 10% of those are real buyers. Most buyers know what theyíre looking for... some are imbeciles. The look of surprise when you spend ten minutes explaining oil reservoirs and two stroke technology regarding your Optimax engines can be frustrating, especially when your ad and pictures disclose it.
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Old 11-22-2020, 01:28 PM
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All that is being asked for is that a buyer show up the morning after the ad hits the interwebs with a suitcase full of cash for the full asking amount, no questions asked and the sale completed before the daily 10:00 am cocktail hour.

Easy peezy.
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Old 11-22-2020, 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by gotboostedvr6 View Post
...Im always a cash in hand buyer...
Originally Posted by J0SH View Post
... I always buy cash...
I always get a chuckle out of these types of comments, I see them often in the Boats For Sale and Wanted forum. Very, very, very few owner/sellers are in the "I'll finance the boat for you" mode. All deals are cash to the seller and mostly they don't care where or how you got it, just that you've got it.......
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Old 11-22-2020, 02:07 PM
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Originally Posted by rustybucket View Post
I hate the buyers who make you an offer, you reject it, tell you to call them when you're ready to sell at that price..... then a few months later they call back asking if you're ready to make a deal.... when you tell them it sold (for more than they offered) they get butt hurt and ask why you didn't call them to let them know you were going to accept that offer, they would have paid more. sigh... that's not how this works bro...
Hahaha don't lie, you love that. Why would you bother to call someone else after the boat is sold, just to tell them that it's sold for more? You want to say I told you so. I have never called any of the lowballers back, once it's sold I'm done dealing with it.
Old 11-22-2020, 02:19 PM
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Boat should be sold - written contract in hand - before any boat rides, pending only a sea trial to verify performance as represented. When the boat performs, it is yours.
Old 11-22-2020, 02:21 PM
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As a seller, what I really hate is the buyer who says they ďhave to ask the wife or girlfriendĒ.

As a buyer, what I really like is the other bidder who ďhas to ask the wife or girlfriendĒ. They always make my offer look much more attractive.
Old 11-22-2020, 02:22 PM
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These threads always show those who are born salesmen and those who think it should be a real honor to be allowed to buy their boat
If you know what youíre doing (with selling anything) you should be able to pick up on buying signals and know when taking someone out on the boat will close the deal - and if it doesnít, so what? I like going out on my boat so nothing lost!
Old 11-22-2020, 02:28 PM
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Between this and the thread about what people hate about sellers, Iím surprised any boats get sold ever...

Iíve never put a deposit down before a sea trial, never would. Itís a boat ride we arenít asking you to give birth for gods sake.

come look at the boat as many times as you want - climb all over it, flip switches, letís take a ride...I want a buyer that feels comfortable with the boat when he/she takes it away.

I DO hate the low ballers especially the guys who donít even look at the boat. That one is legit. I wonít even list on CL for that reason.

Iíd honestly be deterred as a buyer by a lot of the attitudes of some folks, would make me think seller is hiding something. Would much rather buy from someone willing to sit and talk through boat, the history, take a ride and explain every system etc.





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Old 11-22-2020, 04:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Clarkspoon View Post
Boat should be sold - written contract in hand - before any boat rides, pending only a sea trial to verify performance as represented. When the boat performs, it is yours.
If itís your boat to sell, you can do whatever you like.

Just donít be surprised when it takes longer to sell.

Ask any car salesman...... ďTest drives sell cars.Ē

The same it true for boats.

Worst case? You have to go on a few extra boat rides. Personally? I like an excuse to take the boat out. Luckily did 3 test rides on day 1 my last boat was listed and sold full price offer that day.
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Old 11-22-2020, 04:22 PM
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Originally Posted by k9medic View Post
That is supposedly what my Broker was for. Hell, he was getting 10% of the sale price, he should at least bring qualified buyers.
Qualified buyer broker's definition: He walks, He talks. He asked about a boat therefore he is qualified...
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Old 11-22-2020, 07:01 PM
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Originally Posted by ericpn View Post
Hahaha don't lie, you love that. Why would you bother to call someone else after the boat is sold, just to tell them that it's sold for more? You want to say I told you so. I have never called any of the lowballers back, once it's sold I'm done dealing with it.
Read his post again. He didn't call them to rub it in, THEY called him and he had already sold it.
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Old 11-22-2020, 07:44 PM
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Originally Posted by sammythetuna View Post
Between this and the thread about what people hate about sellers, Iím surprised any boats get sold ever...

Iíve never put a deposit down before a sea trial, never would. Itís a boat ride we arenít asking you to give birth for gods sake.

come look at the boat as many times as you want - climb all over it, flip switches, letís take a ride...I want a buyer that feels comfortable with the boat when he/she takes it away.

I DO hate the low ballers especially the guys who donít even look at the boat. That one is legit. I wonít even list on CL for that reason.

Iíd honestly be deterred as a buyer by a lot of the attitudes of some folks, would make me think seller is hiding something. Would much rather buy from someone willing to sit and talk through boat, the history, take a ride and explain every system etc.
The guys with bigger and more expensive boats might not want to drop a few hundred in fuel just to have a buyer back out. It depends on the situation.

This is where the background check comes into play. If someone pulls up in a POS rusted out truck and works for the government making 40k a year yet wants to buy your 250k boat, Iíd be skeptical. Proof of funds and deposit for that sea trial for sure.
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Originally Posted by moymurfs View Post
Read his post again. He didn't call them to rub it in, THEY called him and he had already sold it.
You have to tell the Lowballers that you sold it for LESS than what they offered. That really pisses them off.
Old 11-22-2020, 08:03 PM
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I hate that guy from (Nigeria, any other country, pre-deployment, etc...) who says he will buy boat sight unseen will send check to cover purchase and shipping. Just mail him anything left-over. He trust you!
Old 11-22-2020, 08:26 PM
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Originally Posted by FishLife View Post
I always get a chuckle out of these types of comments, I see them often in the Boats For Sale and Wanted forum. Very, very, very few owner/sellers are in the "I'll finance the boat for you" mode. All deals are cash to the seller and mostly they don't care where or how you got it, just that you've got it.......
I know a lot of people (me included) who have bought and sold a number of boats over the years and you are right...they are always cash deals. Don't care if the buyer has cash in his pocket or he takes out a loan...I still get my cash.
Old 11-23-2020, 05:20 AM
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I love the guy who simply emails or texts "what's the lowest you will take?" My answer is usually "what's the most you will pay?"
Old 11-23-2020, 06:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Misterfu02 View Post
The guys with bigger and more expensive boats might not want to drop a few hundred in fuel just to have a buyer back out. It depends on the situation.

This is where the background check comes into play. If someone pulls up in a POS rusted out truck and works for the government making 40k a year yet wants to buy your 250k boat, Iíd be skeptical. Proof of funds and deposit for that sea trial for sure.
I always take the rusted out truck. Itís hard to play hardball and negotiate price while the seller sees dollar signs looking at my new Porsche.
OP, where is your broker in all of this? He should be answering the questions and being stood up by no shows.
Old 11-23-2020, 06:30 AM
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Originally Posted by BLUESMAN View Post
I always take the rusted out truck. Itís hard to play hardball and negotiate price while the seller sees dollar signs looking at my new Porsche.
OP, where is your broker in all of this? He should be answering the questions and being stood up by no shows.
This broker actually reached out to me a couple of years ago when I posted the boat on Craigslist. Him and about ten other Pop Yacht brokers. We let the listing contract expire about a year ago because we realized for what we have, we would never be able to buy another at the same price. We told the broker at that time if he wanted to keep it as a "pocket listing" to feel free to do so. If a crazy offer came in, then fine.

I didn't start this thread because I was pissed that the boat didn't sell, it was more so about the crazy things that I heard from people when they looked at the boat.

As for showing up with the rusty truck, truer words have never been spoken. The richest man I know drives an 2010 F150 while he has 2 Falcon jets sitting in his hangar (his wife drives an Escalade though.)
Old 11-23-2020, 06:47 AM
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Some random first text of " what's your lowest price".
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Old 11-23-2020, 07:12 AM
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Originally Posted by chuck34 View Post
I know a lot of people (me included) who have bought and sold a number of boats over the years and you are right...they are always cash deals. Don't care if the buyer has cash in his pocket or he takes out a loan...I still get my cash.
I agree

Some loans can fund same/next day. Most can fund within a week.

I don't discount for cash

A wire transfer into my account is actually better

Who the hell wants to handle the cash, make sure its legit, deposit it with having a report made by the bank, etc.

Cash is so out of style.

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