Winter? Really? No Really. Okay, it may not be the best time to sell a boat, but if you are in the market, buy when sellers are motivated. And right now is the magic moment. A water test may be tough, but we are talking deal time. Old restoration boats are tough, because a water test is a good way to tell if the boat is sound. But for a unrestored boat, who cares, you know its a mess, and a fresh restoration is a good bet. You can run the engine to see if it starts, and if the seller is really interested, fill the bilge with some water and see if it leaks?
Motivated you say? Well, think about it. Right about now, the last thing on your mind is a boat. And for a seller, its a dead weight filling the garage/barn. Its probably been for sale all summer, so an offer is always welcome. But don’t dilly dally, cause in a month or so, the boats are socked away and forgotten until March. So there is a small window. So shop around, you have a moment of leverage.
Prices are going up! Yup, stuff is selling, and boat shops are busy. So, that means the market is good for a classic boat. I will add, that in the end, if you buy from an individual, you may feel like you get a deal, but stuff is hidden under and in things, so make sure you get a good person to look for you. And of course we are huge proponents of dealing with a dealer. The top in the business are here on WoodyBoater. So click away and see whats out there. Hopefully we will see you in Florida in March.