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Old 09-18-2014, 11:33 AM   #21
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Should I go ahead and order some teak ?
From my source I understand that Burmese teak will sky rocket this year . I bought some a year ago and paid $ 20 a board ft for it .I have a board that is 15 in wide and ten ft long . I have laid out different items to cut out of it on both sides more than once . I have had that board at least 15 years and I paid $8 board foot for it . I can't bring myself to cut it up . I told my grandson the other day that he would probably wind up with it someday .
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Old 09-18-2014, 12:53 PM   #22
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This is why the new boats are facing strong seas in trying to be profitable to build!

This Chris seems a beaut with everything in order. And, she's basically bullet proof!

Price could probably be reduced substantially with Cold/Hard CA$H!

47' Chris Craft Commander Classic - $99,500

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Old 09-18-2014, 01:50 PM   #23
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Better get a salesman or two. I nominate PK and YBGuy.
Count me out, I was the East Coast dealer for Lien Hwa in the late 80s-early 90s, and that was back when there was no EPA refulations at the marina, and we could paint boats outside. Prices were low, fuel was cheap,, and there was many vendors available for services (those boats don't commission themselves, nor does warranty work fix itself) , nor were there billboards and TV commercials for lawyers every couple of miles, and every 5 minutes.
There wasn't much money in it even then- hence the saying "great way to make a small fortune". Lien Hwa was, and still is subsidized by the owners other money making industries. He did the yachts for sentimental reasons, and to keep relatives employed. He lost money on every boat sold. Not a great business model is it?
The smartest long time (Palm Bch, Broward, Dade counties since 1959) boat dealer I know sold all his real estate off at the top of the market, gave all his boats back to the bank in 09, and moved to Kentucky where he's built a compound at the top of a mountain, down a long dirt road, and just bought a hotel to keep his relatives working. His accountant just bought a 54' Meridian from me. He knows what he's doing. We used to discuss the demise of the industry at length back in the late 90s. It all came to pass.
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Old 09-18-2014, 02:33 PM   #24
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Count me out
Say it isn't so, Blake!

How can I get to sea test all Don's boats without a sales pro such as you to move em!

Anyway... I just went through your website. Nice career. When ya gonna get a real job??

Jus kidden!!

You've forgotten more about boat sales than most will ever learn...

Keep up the good luck!

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Such a timely thread! I saw a couple of 47' Chris Craft Commanders this weekend and looked them up on YW last night. Love those boats and there are a lot of them out there.
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