I have a Champagne taste on a beer budget. Like most, I'd like a 40K dollar boat for 25 K, but I would probably have a better chance of having monkeys fly out of my buttocks than that happening.
I'm willing to pay what is reasonable. I know the market is small, and product is limited, so price will be high. I'm not going to pay someone 40K for some boat they bought for 5K at an auction and then put another 10-15 in to it.
From owning a few boats in my life I have learned in the end you pay the same. Buy a boat that needs work, and you end up putting the same or more in to it if then if you spent the money up front and bought something nicer.
I had really been trying not to buy a project, but that is what it is starting to look like. I may just have to do the build myself.
I have been searching here, boats.com, boattrader.com, yachtworld, ebay, craigslist, govliquadation.com, govsurplus.com, searchtempest.com, and biggirlsneedlovetoo.com.
Ryan, you are a very knowledgeable, and well respected member of this site. I would be honored if you know of any other places to look or advice.