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  1. I think here in California a seller would only have to pay tax if there would be a gain. Even in these crazy times that would seem unlikely. But the buyer would pay a use tax, equivalent to the State and local sales tax, which is a little under 8%. Hey, BJ, sail your boat back here and, between lower taxes, bigger buyer pool and a crazy hot market for boats, you’ll probably sell it for way more.
  2. So, in or first years of boat ownership it was pretty much D/R which, in SoCal is hardly a challenge. Our first trip was to China Cove on San Clemente Island, followed by the back side of Catalina and then home. Rounding Castle Rock on the north side of San Clemente, I set a course for Cat Harbor and turned the helm over to my wife, the native San Diegan, and went below for a nap. About an hour later she called me up topside in a panic: “We missed Catalina and we’re heading back to California”. Peering through the haze I see the unmistakable outline of Catalina and told her we were on course.
  3. There was a study a few years back of twenty somethings and their inability to locate themselves on a globe. One of them was a geography major in college! I suppose it would only be fair to repeat the study with boomers. Might not do much better.
  4. Over reliance on technology at the expense of learning the fundamentals is an even bigger problem in aviation. I won’t bore you with examples. They are ubiquitous (and deadly).
  5. We sold our first boat that way. We had it listed, didn’t sell it and let the listing expire. We weren’t too thrilled with the effort by our broker and didn’t have another boat we wanted to buy at the moment, so we chilled. Six months later we got a call from a broker we never dealt with: “Is your boat still for sale? I might have a buyer for you.” Sold the boat and went looking-couldn’t find what we wanted-quit looking. Four months later I get a call from a broker we never heard of: “I had breakfast this morning with (mutual friend) who told me you were having trouble finding a bigger boat fo
  6. Sounds like OP has already found the boat and just needs some help closing the deal. In that case, a buyer's broker probably adds little value to the transaction. But, if you are in search mode and maybe a little confused as to the options on the table, or you have any doubt what the real market price for those options should be, get a broker. As a commercial real estate broker for almost 40 years, I never saw a direct deal go down where the seller was willing to reduce the selling price by the amount of the commission. Usually, the seller was motivated to keep the commission in his own pocket
  7. Wow, what a story. One I wouldn't care to experience in my 40' performance cruiser, much less single handing in a 50'er.
  8. OP, you’re not going to want to go through life thinking to yourself “Gee, maybe I could’ve pulled it off. Maybe I should have given it a shot.” Faint heart never one the fair lady. Go check it out, do some back of the envelope analysis, report back on anything dodgy you find and then listen to all the experts here (of which I’m not one). Of course I’m the one with a wife that talked me into buying a boat to live aboard. Easy for me to say.
  9. This! My wife and I looked at another one of these about five years ago, also in Alameda. We really and I mean REALLY, liked the way they were built and by that time we had seen at least two dozen similarly sized and aged boats that were just mildew incubators. The Wauquiez was completely dry inside and this was during a very wet winter in the Bay area. The problem? When we added up the cost of replacing the rod rigging and sails and refinishing or replacing all the fried teak, we were almost doubling the purchase price. It broke our hearts but we decided to pass.
  10. The late Fred Delaney used to joke that he did several Miramar N2Es as Assistant Projectionist.
  11. Maybe since Trafalgar, I grant you, but the French Navy owned the RN up until something like the late 18th century. It was Adm Comte de Grasse who smacked down the British fleet in the Battle of the Chesapeake and allowed Washington and Lafayette (another Frenchman, remember him?) to bottle up Cornwallis at Yorktown and win the Revolutionary War. Before that, the French and Dutch navies were making such a habit out of handing the RN its ass that a civilian, Samuel Pepys, was appointed to make recommendations for reforms to procurement, promotion and accountability for tactical decision making
  12. You are talking about owners of Fleming 65s, right? Only their accountants know, or care.
  13. No family history of sailing or even interest in it here. My dad could barely swim but I got pretty good at it and, at sixteen, got hired as a lifeguard at a summer camp on a lake. No one knew how to rig or sail the three or four gaff rigged prams that were tied forlornly to the dock while the canoes and rowboats got all the attention so one day on a break I figured out how to rig one and took it across the lake and back. When I got back, the director met me at the dock and I thought he was going to chew me out but he said "you're now the sailing instructor". And so, taking three kids out at a
  14. And now in San Diego there's a waiting list almost two months out to get work done.
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