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AlMo
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Initially Posted - 06/27/2021 :  17:33:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just wondering if anyone has hints, tips, advice for sites to use and/or stay away from. I think I have the price right for a "quick sale" and the market is pretty good around here (Portland, OR), but I couldn't seem to get more than a few "nibbles" on the first go-around.

My brother suggested paying a couple "well endowed" local gals in bikinis to decorate the cockpit in "martini sipping mode" and I may just be crazy enough to do it ...

1978 C25 "X Lives" #1035
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GaryB
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Response Posted - 06/27/2021 :  19:06:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Try Sailing Texas. Although the name says Texas they have ads from all over the country.

If you end up going with your brothers suggestion please post pictures. LOL


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GaryB
Andiamo
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Edited by - GaryB on 06/27/2021 19:06:49
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Voyager
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Response Posted - 06/28/2021 :  08:03:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
With the current heat wave in the NW you can always play the “Cool down on your own private yacht “ angle with an “islands” theme including palm trees, cool drinks with tiny umbrellas in them and cruise-wear clad folks living the good life.
Sailingtexas is a great spot as is Catalina Owners and eBay. I would pass on Craigslist seeing that I’ve gotten more crazy film flams through that site than any other.
But seriously, take a look at prior sellers’ ads. Generally they give a full inventory of all features and improvements.

Bruce Ross
Passage ~ SR-FK ~ C25 #5032

Port Captain — Milford, CT

Edited by - Voyager on 06/28/2021 08:04:46
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Stinkpotter
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Response Posted - 06/29/2021 :  13:57:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sailboatowners.com (used by Trailersailor.com, a big site) is free (last time I looked). Boattrader.com is $59 and up. Yachtworld.com is only for brokers. Then there's the Swap Meet forum right here--that's all it took for me--somebody saw it the afternoon I put her on, called a friend, the friend called me the same day, looked at her the next morning, and wrote a check on the spot. Elapsed time about 20 hours. Around here the market seems hotter now than it was then!

Presentation--"curb appeal"--is key! Clean her up inside and out and declutter like crazy! So many boats people look at are full of junk and grime--good ones stand out like a beacon, and boat buying is all about an emotional reaction--when it happens, the faults are excused and the search is over! On the three boats I've sold, the buyers tried but failed to hide their excitement.

Dave Bristle
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Now on Eastern 27 Sarge (but still sailing when I can).

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Leon Sisson
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Response Posted - 06/29/2021 :  19:28:09  Show Profile  Visit Leon Sisson's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Re: "...a couple "well endowed" local gals in bikinis to decorate the cockpit in "martini sipping mode"..."

The right deck crew can enhance the appeal of any yacht.


— Leon Sisson
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GaryB
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Response Posted - 06/30/2021 :  16:29:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Leon Sisson

Re: "...a couple "well endowed" local gals in bikinis to decorate the cockpit in "martini sipping mode"..."

The right deck crew can enhance the appeal of any yacht.




That's what I'm talking about!


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GaryB
Andiamo
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Stinkpotter
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Djibouti
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Response Posted - 06/30/2021 :  17:14:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Even the videographer behind the vang strikes a nice profile!

Dave Bristle
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Leon Sisson
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Response Posted - 07/01/2021 :  10:41:50  Show Profile  Visit Leon Sisson's Homepage  Reply with Quote
My apologies for leading this thread so far from its original topic.

In case anyone is curious, the photos I posted are from the 1989 Whitbread race taken as MAIDEN entered Port Everglades, FL (Fort Lauderdale).  They lead Division D in the brutal southern legs 2 and 3 of the race — from Uruguay around both capes and south of Australia to New Zealand.  On the way to Fort Lauderdale, the team was slowed by repairing a serious leak, arriving 3rd that leg.  MAIDEN finished 2nd overall in Division D, firmly establishing that women could be competitive at the highest levels of yacht racing.

Re: "Even the videographer behind the vang strikes a nice profile! "

The videographer Jo Gooding.  The big blond leaning over the port main winch in the left photo is Dawn Riley.  The early-teen-looking young lady at the helm is Tracy Edwards, owner of the boat and captain of the team.

Tracy Edwards is an interesting character.  She left home at 16 after being expelled from school.  By her mid-twenties she owned a house, which she mortgaged to buy a neglected 10 year old Bruce Farr designed 58' ocean racing yacht which she planned to enter in the 1989–90 Whitbread Round the World Race with an all-female crew.  Funded by an additional mortgage on the boat, the team of women completed a major refit themselves.  King Hussein of Jordan, one of few influential people to take Edwards' effort seriously, later helped with sponsorship.

Edwards became the first female Yachts[wo]man of the Year for her achievements in the 1989–90 Whitbread race.

After the 1989–90 Whitbread race Edwards sold MAIDEN to pay off her loans, but bought the neglected boat back in 2017, followed by another major refit partially funded by Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan, King Hussein's daughter.

— Leon Sisson
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bigelowp
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Response Posted - 07/01/2021 :  14:44:50  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lwon:

no apologies needed -- thanks for adding some, er, um, zip to the thread!

Peter Bigelow
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Rowayton, Ct
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AlMo
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Response Posted - 07/01/2021 :  20:52:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Leon: that is definitely *not* off-topic; we all know "sex sells" but this crew proves once again that "form over fashion" wins every time! What is the story of their emergency repair? Your post made me want to google it.

There must have been a great deal of engineering and physics know-how on Maiden, to go along with a very "well oiled" (in the "Dumb and Dumber" sense) machine of crew coordination, to recover from that near-disaster on the Buenos Aires - Lauderdale!


Way, way off topic: did they by chance do their business in the Maiden Head?

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AlMo
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Response Posted - 07/01/2021 :  21:04:12  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looks like the leg where the leak developed was Auckland to Punta del Este. Since the crew had rebuilt the yacht before the race, they knew every inch of it. I have put the 2016 movie on my bucket list to "must see"!

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Leon Sisson
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Response Posted - 07/02/2021 :  05:00:40  Show Profile  Visit Leon Sisson's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Re: "I have put the 2016 movie on my bucket list"


I highly recommend "Maiden," Tracy Edwards' movie.  It's a genuine documentary illustrated with original video taken on board during the race, narrated by interviews with the original crew and others involved.  It's not a fluffy dramatization with Hollywood stars in the style of "Ford v Ferrari" (although that's an excellent movie too, based on real events).

(edited to fix a glitch which didn't show up in [Preview] and add link.)

— Leon Sisson

Edited by - Leon Sisson on 07/02/2021 05:46:36
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