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Matty_Cardin posted 04-25-2015 10:40 PM ET (US)   Profile for Matty_Cardin  
Hi Gang - I am the owner of a 18' BW Dauntless and have been tempted to get into a larger, newer dauntless. A few have come up for sale in my area and I've been starting to think a bit more seriously about them.

I'm a little bit out of my comfort zone for pricing/negotiating on a boat priced at $48k. If I were to pull the trigger on a boat like this, I would HAVE to know that I'm getting a good enough value to have some degree of "purchase" insurance (at least that's what I call it).

So, I'm curious to hear what are some of the experiences of CW members when it came to buying a bought of this degree. What would be a reasonable offer to the dealer...I was optimistically thinking 10-15% off asking price would a reasonable/market value.

I know that when I bought my boat, the owner had it listed for $20k and I bought for $16k and feel I paid a "fair" price for it - not a steal, but didn't over pay.

In case you are curious..the boat is a 2008 230 Dauntless with a 225 merc, about 280 hours - no trailer. Dealer maintained and in good condition. No t-top.

Cheers!

chiefrocka posted 04-28-2015 11:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for chiefrocka  Send Email to chiefrocka     
[I] agree with your hesitancy. [T]he dauntless is such a good crossover. [S]eeing as a 23 ft boat is trailerable, I think that this your best negotiating point. [T]ry maybe getting it for a few grand less. [T]he used whaler market is tight. [N]ot alot of people buying new boats several years ago.

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