For the love of a boat
Since I am a complete newbie to this group, I have spent quite some time looking over past posts, trying to get a feel for what trawler people talk about. One interesting thing that I saw pop up several places is the complaint about not getting what a boat is worth when you want to sell it. I certainly found that to be true when I put my 39-foot sailboat on the market. I figured it was worth a good $60,000. Well, no. Not even close! I finally sold it for $18,000, and then only when I agreed to finance part of that. But I actually feel good about the sale, because I sold it to someone who loves the boat, realizes that although it is an old boat (1973) it is well built and a has good name (Allied Mistress), and also appreciates how much money I had put into it and how much work I had put into it. So, bottom line is that she (yep, sold it a person of the female persuasion) loves the boat as much as I do, and that makes me feel warm. Now that I am looking for a older used trawler, I hope to do the same thing. To me, an old boat that has been cared for and appreciated is valuable beyond just dollars and cents, and I want both the buyer and the seller to feel good about the deal we make.