Originally Posted by ShinyShoe
A bad eBay advert deters others so cheaper sale. Not a fan of dealing off the bay. As a seller I never would. As a buyer you have no protection (although eBay protection on boats not great). Read the scam stuff carefully on here.
Not sure what it says that someone has bought 4 outfits in 3 years for c.£1500 each. Part if me thinks that means £1500 won't buy a sustainable outfit and you'll be replacing it in a year...
Not at all, its purely the info I posted in the sticky and a means to an end regards a learning process as well as funding for future purchases. Every rig was split and sold on to make a very nice profit (not a business for me but plenty of others do this).
So - first rig was the Zodiac and 9.8 and my first SIB, loved it, used it loads but wanted to try more speed so bought the 380 Yam and 15hp with trailer knowing the 380 and trailer would sell on immediately for £900 effectively netting me a 15hp Yam for £600
. But that engine turned out a little heavy to manhandle so sold on for £1150 (off the bay).
Stuck with the Zodiac/9.8 for a year to two but again wanted to try bigger so got the Suzumar/15 + trailer, boat great but too heavy so sold boat and trailer on (off the bay) separately for £800 all told. A week or so later the Bombard came up, so sold the Zodiac (£500) and 9.8 (£1100) and the 15 (£1150) that came with the Suzumar.
So I now have a Bombard Aerotec and Mercury 15 that is going no where for the forseeable future - if you want a SIB you can avoid all the above trying/buying and just do what most of us do and come to the conclusion that they are hands down the best SIB/engine combo out there.
But the upshot is the process got me trying various engines and sizes/types of SIB. And as a bonus buying at the right time complete rigs and then splitting and selling well (do the maths above!) means you can end up with an Aerotec and Mercury 15 for effectively a few hundred quid. The simple key is buying desirable outfits (ie big brand SIB/engine names) in lovely cherished condition at the right time and price knowing they will easily sell on so you're getting to try them for free - any profit being a bonus.
Regarding ebay - said it many times but it has nothing to do with scams or protection - the *only* way to buy/sell a boat on eBay is using it purely as a classified advert. You then arrange a viewing in person and make or don't make a purchase face to face as you would via any other advert thus satisfying yourself the seller is legit and the boat his to sell and taking it away yourself having paid cash. NO-ONE in their right mind ever buys/bids on a boat/engine sight unseen and then pays at a distance.
That would be nuts!