Sounds right-on to me. Very few new boats built in the past few years means a shortage of good used boats will be inevitable in future. How NEAR the future...? Can't say for sure, but I've noticed for-sale prices on a lot of boats creeping up lately. As for the lots of vessels for sale at the moment, I believe we're at a point where the glut is being thinned out. Buyers have been able to be choosey regarding price and boat condition, but the really good deals may be running out. My dock neighbor just sold, what was to me, MAYBE a $4800 bowrider--a '93 18 footer in much less than stellar condition-- for $7000 last week, to the first person of about 8 people who called in the first hour his ad came out. People are tired of going without, and hopefully demand will soon come up even with and surpass supply.
--Said the guy with 4 boats who'd REALLY like to see prices go back up!
1988 SkipperLiner 53x14
1995 Tracker Party Cruiser 32 *for sale*
2003 Chaparral 260 SSI
2000 Allegro Bus 40' DP