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Old     (Blueliner)      Join Date: Sep 2013       09-19-2013, 7:45 AM Reply   
I am looking for a (pre-owned)Towboat shopping hot spot east of the Mississippi to go shopping this spring. I can drive as far south as Eastern Tennessee, Northern Virginia, in 1 day. Basically I want to be able to look at several boats (at dealers) in a small region. I might have 3-4 days max to shop. I guess I would tow it home. Since It would involve gas, and lodgings that has to be factored into any difference to see if it is worth it.

Where I live (Ontario-Canada) the pickings are slim, and overpriced (I think)

Thanks Blueliner
Old     (tyler97217)      Join Date: Aug 2004       09-19-2013, 7:47 AM Reply   
I would just get on www.onlyinboards.com, craigslist and on WW classifieds and pick out a few and make calls on them and really narrow it down to a few boats and make the drive to see them.
Old     (DenverRider)      Join Date: Feb 2013       09-19-2013, 7:58 AM Reply   
It depends on what brand of boat you're looking for. Some boats have more of a concentration in certain parts of the country usually as a result of a strong dealer presence. For instance, Nautiques are concentrated in the Dallas area because of Buxton Marine.
Old     (2LakeWake)      Join Date: Jul 2011       09-19-2013, 8:10 AM Reply   
Onlyinboards is a great starting point. You can also use searchtempest to search craigslist, oodle and ebay. Google it if you don't know what it is. You can set it to search certain areas and save the searches. Searchtempest allows you to search multiple cities at once.

It's going to be hard to find 2-3 dealers that will have multiple used boats on hand to look at that fit your criteria.

PLUS, you stand to get a better deal buying from a private party.
Old     (bheinr)      Join Date: Jan 2012       09-19-2013, 8:23 AM Reply   
I'm selling my lightly used 2012 A22 Vandall. It's near Chicago, IL. Send me a PM and I can get you the details.
Old     (nailem)      Join Date: Apr 2011       09-19-2013, 10:06 AM Reply   
I live in Erie PA (not to far from you really) and have purchased 2 boats from florida. one for me and one for my brother-in-law. both times it was well worth the trip. we were not going to try several different boats though. we had found them on craigslist and rolled the dice on making the 16 hour trip one way to get them.
you are correct that boat prices in this area are inflated.
Old     (Blueliner)      Join Date: Sep 2013       09-19-2013, 11:48 AM Reply   
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Originally Posted by nailem View Post
I live in Erie PA (not to far from you really) and have purchased 2 boats from florida. one for me and one for my brother-in-law. both times it was well worth the trip. we were not going to try several different boats though. we had found them on craigslist and rolled the dice on making the 16 hour trip one way to get them.
you are correct that boat prices in this area are inflated.
Florida or Texas is starting to look like the destination, guess I will have to get a map of both study the market and pinpoint geographically where all of the adds are. Here it is Ontario's traditional cottage country of the near north. It is a wealthy mans playground area...and the boats are priced accordingly.

I am curious how much were you able to talk down the owners from their asking price. For me to go that far there would have to be $7 or $8k cheaper than here. Right now there seems to be about a $3 or $4k difference.

Blueliner
Old     (Iceberg)      Join Date: Dec 2011       09-19-2013, 11:51 AM Reply   
The prices are even more inflated once you cross the border into Canada. I live near Winnipeg and my purchases with road-trips have included Atlanta, Albuquerque, State College PA, Dallas, Indianapolis and Minneapolis. As the OP suggested, you have to factor in the road-trip and potentially, a shipping service (my truck from Houston) plus your time. Again, eBay, Only Inboards and other sites can get you a number of leads, but only you can pull the trigger for the purchase. Sometimes you can find a real good deal on a dealer year-end close-out or a distress sale (divorce, etc). Coming up over the next few months there will be some smoking deals if you are patient and able to jump on them when they appear. The southern states and sometimes out west have typically had better prices. Good luck.
Old     (Bibbs32)      Join Date: May 2013       09-19-2013, 12:12 PM Reply   
sent you a long pm
Old     (nailem)      Join Date: Apr 2011       09-19-2013, 3:56 PM Reply   
I bought my 05' 23' enzo three years ago with around 75 hours on it he was asking $27000. My brother -in-law paid around $27000 for his 05' 23' moomba with around 200 hours on it and that was 4 yrs ago. Both in Florida and in travel and they were both a steel.
I spent about 7 months searching for mine.

Last edited by nailem; 09-19-2013 at 3:58 PM.
Old     (bcrider)      Join Date: Apr 2006       09-19-2013, 4:07 PM Reply   
What are you looking for? There are some boats out here in BC that are a pretty good price.

http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/pm...048743761.html
http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/rd...029975364.html
http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/rc...071828306.html
http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/nv...956803424.html
http://comoxvalley.en.craigslist.ca/boa/4012471390.html
Old     (rickdarts)      Join Date: Sep 2013       09-25-2013, 2:39 AM Reply   
try http://claz.org/classifieds/vehicles/boats
Old     (superair502)      Join Date: Mar 2010       09-25-2013, 9:34 AM Reply   
I got a loaded 2012 a22 in kentucky up for sale!
Old     (jonblarc7)      Join Date: Jul 2006       09-25-2013, 10:23 AM Reply   
I'm in NC and I've bought two boats from Knoxville TN
Old     (slipknot)      Join Date: Aug 2001       09-25-2013, 11:23 AM Reply   
TN is by far one of the best places to buy a boat. Tons of water and tons of boats.
Old     (axxxiswake)      Join Date: Jun 2013       09-25-2013, 11:37 AM Reply   
I'm in Michigan. My a22 is for sale. http://onlyinboards.com/Details.aspx?ID=40225
Old     (redsupralaunch)      Join Date: Aug 2002       09-25-2013, 5:27 PM Reply   
This spring as in 2014? Indianapolis Boat Sport and Travel Show is one of the largest shows in the country. http://indianapolisboatsportandtravelshow.com/
Old     (kmac1587)      Join Date: Sep 2012       09-26-2013, 7:09 AM Reply   
for those that traveled to shop and decided to buy is it safe to say you were able to demo the boat? Did you drive your own truck or did you fly (if necessary) and rent a truck to haul home?
Old     (axxxiswake)      Join Date: Jun 2013       09-26-2013, 7:17 AM Reply   
If I was buying a boat, heres what I would do:

1) ask for a TON of pictures. 30+ of ALL areas of the boat
2) Ask for a contact at whatever marina / dealer services the boat. talk to them. Ask about how it was serviced, winterized, thoughts on the seller, etc
3) see if they can send you a compression test

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