OK, this may be a whacked idea.. Even a bad idea, but certainly worth a conversation. I will admit it, I have a weak spot for a nice cruiser. My dream one is about 40-50 ft is, Chris Craft or Trumpy… I fall for them all the time, I even got a thing for a 42 ft 1966-69 Glass Commander. The prices these days are insane good. You can pick up one of these in perfect restored condition for under 100K and a user for .. FREE! So whats the hold up.. Ya ya, there is the cost of restoration.. SO? Try and go buy a new 40-50 ft boat.. GO ahead.. 1 million, two million.. And they don’t have half the character. You dump 500K into a sweet 45 footer and you are a god on the water. BUT…. what really holds me back… Shipping! Thats’ right..
The idea of shipping a 45 foot boat from Portland aint gonna happen. Dear god! That’s gotta be at least 10K maybe more. Not to mention the lagistics and what a trip that long could do the craft. OK, OK, not that its not done.. Alot.. Its just the part that always holds me back.. So here is my big idea.. Offer free shipping to the buyer.. Thats right.. Got a 20K boat that is a somewhat risky buy. Offer free shipping up to 1000 miles.. Do the research yourself, have it all ready on the ebay listing. OK, OK, seems like its strange. But as a marketing proffesional of over 33 years. People buy based on emotion, and look for things to talk them out of stuff ..like… wood cruisers. They fear the headaches and the unknown.. Give away the shipping, and for gods sake, talk about how strong the bottom is and transom! These are the real fears. Not that the carpeting needs replacing or it needs some paint or varnish.. Its fear of unknown bottom issues and shipping.. These cruisers are selling, for real money, when they are restored and a broker makes it easy to get to you.. ….