Notices

Checking out a Ludington boat broker

Old 03-24-2020, 03:00 PM
  #1  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2020
Posts: 4
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default Checking out a Ludington boat broker

Hi All,
Does anyone have any experience/anecdotes working with Ludington Yacht Sales LLC in Ludington, MI?
Good? Bad? Excellent? If so, why?
Thanks!
drvagabond
17' XL Alumacraft 25 hp Evinrude
Old 03-24-2020, 03:21 PM
  #2  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Posts: 347
Received 49 Likes on 37 Posts
Default

Are you looking at the boat you have on the bottom of your post ? Generally speaking a broker is just a middleman. They have not maintained the boat your looking at ,so the first step is to decide if what your looking at meets all your criteria. Then research /google sales of that model and close as you can year to see what there going for. I would then inspect it ,as in crawling over every nook and cranny ,looking in every storage compartment looking for cracks in bulkheads and things like that. If possible go for a sea trial ,make a offer with the contingency that it passes a full survey, water and land . Some people do want to be bothered with listing and showing there boat along with verifying the potential buyers have the resources to pay for it ,so it goes to a broker and they [ broker ] make there commission off that. Could be a flat rate if boat is listed or sold for a certain amount, then if it's above that threshold a percentage. Bought a boat that was less than 20,000 , in this case the broker made a flat fee of 16 or 1700.00 don't remember exactly , so in this deal he was more on my side with the negotiations because he was going to make the same amount regardless of what it went for. Now if the boat was 30,000 and he was making 10% =3000. he would of been more inclined to have you make a higher offer and take the client's side in all the negotiations. I would not worry about the broker unless you think they have the priced jacked up big time.
Old 03-24-2020, 06:01 PM
  #3  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Dryden/Ludington, MI - Steamboat, CO
Posts: 1,677
Received 455 Likes on 261 Posts
Default

PM me......
Old 03-24-2020, 07:13 PM
  #4  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2020
Posts: 4
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Thanks for the advice. The boat below my signature is what I currently have :-) (That's what I thought the etiquette was around here... list what you have below your signature.) I have done a fair bit of homework, and I'm looking for a very seaworthy cuddy cabin cruiser in the 25-28 ft range for extended cruises on the Great Lakes. A boat that I can do some short to intermediate-distance cruising (10-100 miles), exploring, and adventuring in. I've looked at Boston Whalers, Pursuits, Grady White's, and Steiger Crafts specifically This would be my first big boat. I'm sure many of you have ... been in the same boat.. you know...the one that's not yours. I guess you can say it's in my blood since my dad used to sail on US Steel ore freighters when he was a kid. I've been watching everyone else have fun for 40 years. Figured it was about now or never.

Despite not personally having ever had a big boat, I have spent a lot of time on the Great Lakes in a smaller boat. Enough to know that I strongly prefer: two engines over one, outboards over inboards, a pilothouse (or hardtop with a full canvas at least), and a wider beam. I'm not so much interested in aesthetics as I am seakeeping and safety. Not that I intend to deliberately get caught in bad weather (that would be foolish), but I've been caught enough by freak, unforecasted weather enough to know that with any bigger of a boat having redundant horsepower and some shelter would have made all the difference getting to port safely.

Any and all suggestions and advice is greatly welcome.
I look forward to learning from everyone's experience, and hopefully I will contribute some of my own stories soon.
Old 03-24-2020, 07:16 PM
  #5  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2020
Posts: 4
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Check your inbox :-)

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.