Originally Posted by Searider
It's not trade only - anyone can register and pay £2.50 for a valuation.
Unfortunately it's not a book as it used to be.
ebay completed listings are useful - obviously only the "green" ones where the item has sold.
You're right about the B&O listings. You've got to make a lot of phone calls to sort out the quality from the spam.
Have you tried Peter username boatsandoutboards on here - he has a good throughput of boats and engines.
Found Threestokes on the web and have emailed them for more info as they have a CD of all values for £120 but its updated twice a year so want the next one. Might try and find 3 similar mates who will contribute....
The thing about Ebay's completed listings is:
A. You see the same ones being re-listed after being "sold" either due to shrill bidding or winners not paying up.
B. Most decent engines/ribs get pulled off early and sold privately.
Regarding B&O (also Gumtree) and scams, I have reported a couple over the last few days to their respective admins and have received replies from both saying they have now been removed. Suggest others do the same.
Regarding the member on here "Boats&outboards" seems to be a splendid chap who has given some great advice and helped out members. Rather than bother him directly (his mailbox is full anyway so I guess he is in demand) I thought I would start this thread instead.
I have received some great PM's today and will be following up all the suggestions.
Please keep them coming!!