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Old 08-31-2011, 07:26 PM
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Default What electronics would you look for when purchasing a used boat?

I have a 20ft CC that I purchased at a good price that I am going to resell,what would you like to see on a boat as far as GPS/fish finder if you was looking to purchase a boat. I am thinking either Garmin 720/740 or Lowrance HDS 7. For this size and style boat I'm figuring on the buyer being a wekend fisherman. To give you guys some background I do basic work on boats to get them ready for auction for finance companies when a boat has been repossessed,sometimes we clean them up,tune them up and install radios or electronics just depends on how they want to remarket the vessel. I have this boat that the finance company didn't think it was worth messing with so I got it to fix up myself. Open to hear suggestions. Thanks
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I think you will reach a wider market if you do not install anything...radios yes..but sonar and chart???

Why add the extra cost.

Many experienced boaters like to choose specific units based on their own fishing and boating needs...your chances of matching those needs are less than slim.

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The buyer is really paying for the new stuff. It is unlikely he will happy with your choices. Keep the price down. Let him add what he wants.
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I agree with the above posters. You will never get the money back that you will put into it if you add new electronics, and I for one certainly would like to have a choice, not be locked in.
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Well, I probably have a slightly different view; much depends on the level boat it is. And I would probably advertise without electronics at 1st and add one if questions begin popping up. The reason being if it's an entry level boat, many buyers in the price range are barely able to get the loan to buy the boat. So having a new/newer existing plotter' would be one less thing they would have to buy. Maybe even better would be to find a unit that fits your profit plan and be ready to offer to install it (with appropriate price adjustment) to make the deal happen.
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Thanks for the advice guys,I have sold boats in the past and given buyers options of electronics or not,I always install a quatlity VHF if the boat is not equipped and put new safety equipment on the boat,(ie fire ex,whistle/airhorn,life jackets,2 drain plugs) I know some people want a complete deal ready for the water and some want to add thier own stuff.
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