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Old 06-13-2010, 08:29 AM
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Hello All:

I'm a newbie to this forum and boating in general. I've been considering buying a boat for the past two to three years and finally decided to take the plunge this summer.

What is a reliable/accurate source of used boat prices?

I will most likely have to buy used, my budget is no more than $25,000.

I am interested in a CC in the 21'-24' range. I have referenced NADA but the prices they list are way below what people are asking for the boats I have looked at.

I would like to find a Sea Hunt but am confused as to what a fair price is.

Any guidance would be appreciated.

Phil
Old 06-13-2010, 09:18 AM
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The best gauge on prices are ads for used boats.....kind of.

Boat pricing is a strange observation if you look through the ads for years, which I am guilty of doing.
You will see boats of similar specs sometimes priced thousands and thousands of dollars apart.
I think these wild prices are usually from first time owners who are trying to recoup what they bought a boat for, or are making the mistake of, if I added $15,000+ in upgrades etc. then the boat value is increased 100% of that money invested.
Which is wrong.

Also, newer boats have been selling at rediculous prices for several years and some of these owners are not realistic as to the value in the used market.

Back to your question of establishing the values.
Since you have your make and model identified, keep looking through all the usual ad sources and get the feel for what pricing trends seem reasonable.
Just ignore the ones that are priced $10,000, $15,000, $20,000 etc. over all the others for no apparent reason.

Don't discount boats that are a long drive away.
I bought a boat in Florida last year and bought another boat in South Carolina this past February.
Both have been soild and were well worth the drive and time spent to get them.
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Any particular reason you want a sea hunt? NADA is about the only one, but is wildly inaccurate. Nothing you can do about it, there are never any 2 boats that are identical, so any valuizing is a blatent stab in the dark. Also, what you will find, is that everyone that has a boat thinks it is gold, and sees it valued a lot higher than it actually should be.

I am guilty as well, but that's how boating is. If I can pay $1500 or less in depreciated value for every year I use the boat, I feel I am ahead of the game. Your absolute best bet is to post here what you are looking for, and your price range, and some of the "must haves" and some of the "could use" things, along with your primary area and use, and we can give you suggestions.

In the 21-24 range, with a budget of 25K, you could probably stand to do pretty good. I would say you could get a late 90's boat, with 08 or newer power, or probably get 2004 or newer total package.
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Well, according to many THT "experts", standard procedure is too offer 40% less than asking (no matter how reasonably priced the boat is) and then ridicule the seller when they tell you to take a hike.
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Thank you for the replies so far, in response to CheifSurfer,

I am looking for a 21'-24' CC with a maximum budget of $25,000, I'd really like to keep it around 20 if possible.

I'd like as new a boat as possible, in other words I don't want a 1978 boat that breaks down everytime we launch it.

Necessities would be Bimini or T-Top, as much seating as possible (I noticed that the newer model CC's seem to incorporate additional seating in the rear, swim platform or ladder and preferably a ski or tow bar but I know those are rare on this type of boat.

If I could afford it or chose to afford it a Sea Hunt Ultra would be the ticket, I think.

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I found an 08 Sea Hunt Ultra 210 that is pretty much the boat I want for $25,900 with 87 hours and Yamaha 150 4 stroke. Trailer not included. It's a long ride for me to get it but i don't mind driving to get what I want and a good deal to boot.

You all tell me, is that a good deal?

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Originally Posted by deuceroadster View Post
I found an 08 Sea Hunt Ultra 210 that is pretty much the boat I want for $25,900 with 87 hours and Yamaha 150 4 stroke. Trailer not included. It's a long ride for me to get it but i don't mind driving to get what I want and a good deal to boot.

You all tell me, is that a good deal?

Phil
An '08 Ultra 210 for $25k seems to be a good price if you consider the junked beat up boats being sold thru Boat Trader for $ 30k. Just recently a beautifully kept 2005 SH 212 sold for $21,000.00 with trailer. She looked new in the pictures posted. In the other forums I saw an '04 go for $23k. I follow these prices cause I own a 212. A 212 fully found with all the crap we put on them and full tank (85 gallons) weights in the hood of 4400# per scales. Mine set me back close to $42k new as set up.

A new dual axle aluminum framed trailer rated for 5,000# with dual disk brakes will set you back about $ 4,000.00 OTD. You can probably get a used trailer for it (beware of bearings!) for about $2,100.oo. Finding a clean one will be a frustrating experience as no one seems to take care of their trailers. They just is.
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rear/additional seating is a little tough in the lower range of 21-24, just at 24 they start putting in the rear seating. One of the best options I could think of for you is to buy an 80's boat, with trailer and no power for like $2000, then spend $10K on new deck, transom, full re-wire of the boat, including new electronics, then take another $10K to put on a brand new motor. Will give you a solid boat, brand new power.

You could also get an 03/04 combo for your price. That 210 sounds like an OK deal(not too overpriced) but beware, if it's a long drive, have someone that lives near there check it out first. Last thing you want to do is drive 6 hours to find a boat full of crud and all kinds of destroyed.
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Not many to choose from in Ky, NC has a few, I do a search like this, gives me a ballpark to start with.



Results For: charlotte Found 4 Instances of Sea Hunt
Jun 12 - 2001 Triton Sea Hunt center console Very nice! - $7700 (forest city n.c ) pic
Jun 11 - Sea Hunt Esacape 172 Dual Console - $7600 (Weddington)
May 11 - Sea Hunt 202 Triton 2006 - $17000 (Kannapolis) pic
Apr 30 - 17-18' Galvanized Boat Trailer - $575 (Weddington) pic


Results For: eastnc Found 11 Instances of Sea Hunt
Jun 12 - 2007 Sea Hunt Escape 200 - $20000 (Plymouth) pic
Jun 05 - 2006 SEA HUNT ESCAPE 186-SHOWROOM CONDITION-2 YR ENGINE WARRANTY - $16900 (NEW BERN) pic
May 30 - 2007 24ft Sea Hunt - $38000 (Beaufort,NC) pic
May 18 - 2006 Sea Hunt Triton 202 - $17000 (Kannapolis) pic
May 08 - Sea Hunt 20' Center Console - $14900 (Snead's Ferry, NC)
May 04 - Sea Hunt Triton 207 Yr 08-less than 100 hrs - $28000 (Morehead City,NC) pic
Apr 20 - 2009 Sea Hunt Escape 200LE Dual Console w/ Yamaha 150 4-Stroke - $27500 (Winterville) pic
Apr 19 - Sea Hunt 186 - $19495 (New Bern) pic
Apr 16 - 06 Sea Hunt Triton186 - $14500 (havelock) pic


Results For: fayetteville Found 1 Instances of Sea Hunt
Jun 07 - 2005 tritan sea hunt 172 excellent condition - $9500 (stedman nc) pic


Results For: greensboro Found 0 Instances of Sea Hunt




Results For: hickory Found 0 Instances of Sea Hunt


Results For: onslow Found 1 Instances of Sea Hunt
May 10 - 1999 Sea Hunt - 19ft. - $7000 (Kenansville, NC) pic


Results For: outerbanks Found 0 Instances of Sea Hunt


Results For: raleigh Found 19 Instances of Sea Hunt
Jun 13 - Sea Hunt Escape 200 - $11500 (Raleigh) pic
Jun 13 - Sea Hunt 186 Triton - $12900 (Clayton) pic
Jun 12 - Sea Hunt Escape 200 - $11500 (Raleigh) pic
Jun 08 - SEA HUNT ESCAPE 2001 - $7000 (Chapel Hill, NC) pic
Jun 05 - 2007 Sea Hunt Triton 220 Boat - $24500 (Raleigh, NC) pic
Jun 02 - Sea Hunt Escape 186 - 2007 Great Condition - $17500 (Falls Lake Area)
May 25 - Center Consloe Boat Cover - $175 (Sanford)
May 22 - Boat For Sale! 19' Sea Hunt - $18500 (Mebane) pic
May 22 - 2008 Sea Hunt Ultra 210 - $27800 (Raleigh) pic
May 20 - 2005 Sea Hunt Trition 186$14,500 - $14500 (Morrisville NC) pic
May 10 - 2003 Sea Hunt 175 Escape - $12000 (Raleigh) pic
May 09 - 2008 Sea Hunt Ultra 210 - $27800 (Raleigh) pic
May 09 - Sea Hunt 21-foot - $22000 (Garner/Raleigh) pic
May 08 - Sea Hunt 202 Center Console - $14900 (Snead's Ferry, NC)
May 04 - 1985 Sea Sprite 2007 Yamaha - $4500 (Cary) pic
Apr 30 - LIKE NEW - '05 SEA HUNT Escape 220 - $26000 (Linden, NC) pic
Apr 27 - 2008 Sea Hunt Ultra 210 - $27800 (Raleigh) pic
Apr 25 - 2007 Sea Hunt 186 ESCAPE - $19500 (Southport) pic
Apr 16 - 2008 Sea Hunt Ultra 210 - $27800 (Raleigh) pic


Results For: wilmington Found 4 Instances of Sea Hunt
Jun 12 - 2007 SEA HUNT TRITON 202 - $22900 (HOLDEN BEACH)
Jun 12 - 2010 Sea Hunt Triton 220 w/ Yamaha 250 4 Stroke - $35000 (Wilmington, NC) pic
Jun 06 - SEA HUNT 21FT ULTRA 2009 - $27500 (ROCKY POINT)
Jun 03 - Boat - $17500 (Wilminton)
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I will most likely have to buy used, my budget is no more than $25,000.

I am interested in a CC in the 21'-24' range. I have referenced NADA but the prices they list are way below what people are asking for the boats I have looked at.

I would like to find a Sea Hunt but am confused as to what a fair price is.



Check Norfolk Marine's website in Norfolk, VA. We traded a 2005 212 Sea Hunt with 150 Yammy 4 stroke, all cushions, full curtain package, VHF and dual axle galvanized trailer on a new 24' Sea Hunt Gamefish back in December. I see that it is still for sale and is listed well within your price range. Motor had 760 hours on it and ran like a top. We always kept the boat clean and up to speed on maintenance. I think it is currently listed for $22,500 or thereabouts and would imagine they would have a little room to play. They were great to work with by the way--we did the whole deal over the phone. (I live in Maryland.)

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