New Wave Yachts — Bump’s World — The #1 Dealer of Sabre Yachts

30 Апр 2014 | Author: | No comments yet »
Hatteras 36 Convertible

WHERE ARE ALL THE SAILBOATS

As the spring begins to turn into summer, I keep looking for all the sailboats that should be for sale due to the current world wide economic downturn. Our list of used sailboats is shorter than it has been in a very long time. So in these difficult times there are actually fewer sailboats for sale, not more. This is not isolated to New Wave Yachts; it is across the board.

When times get tough people will look to ways to cut back and reduce their non-essential expenditures. So we got the expensive house, I guess we need a place to live so we’ll keep that. We got some expensive cars; again we need a car to get around, but no new cars this year. We can cut back on travel, vacation expenses, dining out, and we should get rid of that boat that we really don’t use that much.

You would think that everyone knows that this is a tough time to sell anything, since the buyers are all looking to take advantage of someone who must sell so the offers come in very low. If you own something that costs a lot to own and you don’t use it that much, than you should probably take the hit and get rid of it. The return on investment hurts, but at least the pain from the boat yard, insurance guy, etc. stops.


Today there are thirty six Hinckley picnic boats on the market, seventy six Sabre 36 powerboats, and one hundred eighty seven Hatteras 65 to 75 footers. This is a lot of boats. This shows that there are a lot of powerboats owners looking to get out. I would dare say that not many of these are looking to move up. You can imagine what kind offers these guys are getting and the pain they will suffer to sell. Remember this is a small sample of the powerboat world, when you get into Boston Whalers and other small powerboats it is even crazier. There are many years worth of powerboat inventory out there.

Lets compare that to the sailboat world. Today there is one Sabre 452, one Sabre 426, three Sabre 386s, three Sabre 402s, three Hinckley 42s, one Hanse 37, and four Tartan 4100s. When you look at the mass produced sailboats like Catalina 34 at 79 on the market, the numbers go up but no where near the numbers you will get in the big power boats manufacturers like Sea Ray 32s at 1238.

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Why are there so many powerboats and so few sailboats? I believe that sailors are more committed to boating. It takes more experience and time to sail, therefore it is a bigger part of their life. So a sailboat owner will cut expenses in many other areas of his life before he would ever sell his boat.

So this makes for a confusing selling situation. People looking for a great deal on a sailboat based on the terrible economy are frustrated to see so few choices. Fewer choices means less leverage for the buyer. If you have the only Sabre 426 on the market and there are no new boats in dealer stock and it takes six months or more to order one, would you drop your pants on the first low offer? So buyers want to point out how bad things are and the sellers should be glad to have any offer at any price. The sellers say we’ll negotiate, but we are not going to give our boat away, whatever that means?

A good fair deal is when the seller sold the boat for less than he swore on his mother’s grave he ever would and the buyer paid more than he said he ever would. This has not changed. There are fewer sailboats out there to buy today, however there are still some good boats at much better prices than last year and lots of summer right around the corner.

Please mail comments to me at Bump@newwaveyachts.com

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