I was visiting a friend the other day who asked me to look at his boat as he wants to sell it...he just doesn't use it. First, it is way out of my league to buy This is a 30 footer, 11 1/2 wide, twin big block Merc inboards with Merc out drives and SS props. I think it is about 15 years old, but looks like it just came off the show room floor. The engines have 450 hours total since new. Burns about 12 gallon per hour at 22 knots. All electrical, belts, hoses, etc. are brand new. The interior Teak looks like it just came off the tree. All cushions are newly re done. The hull looks as if it has never seen water Large flying bridge with seats for three and a motorized davit to raise pots with. Three axle trailer in excellent shape. Sweet boat, but out of my league as I said.
My question is, how do you find a market for this boat, and how do you find out what the market will bare? I would guess the marine survey is more important for insurance purposes than resale? Craiglist has a few boats in its class, but not many and they run from about 60K to 200K...big variable. My guess is that because of the new 6 pack restrictions, selling this to a 6 pack operator is not very likely. I guess the market would most likely be someone who would want to live on it in retirement in Homer, Seward, Valdez, Whittier, etc., but that is a guess on my part. Would it be practical to take it to SE Alaska, or maybe even a Seattle market?
Any ideas are appreciated. This would be a fun boat, but I look at 300 gallons of gas at $4/gallon...sure it will take me more than 250 miles, but that is a lot of halibut to catch