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What are some tips for finding cheap sailboats for sale?

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Find cheap sailboats for sale at Craigslist.org, BoatAngels.com or eBay.com. Many sailboats listed for sale on these websites are sold cheaply because they are in need of repairs. Buyers can sometimes find bargains at BoatAngels.com and eBay.com because many sailboats on these websites are auctioned or sold for the best offer.

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Craigslist.org sites typically feature some cheap, used sailboats for sale in the Boats area of the For Sale section. Shoppers can refine a search by the price and length, and click the Search Nearby Areas feature of on the site's search tool to find sailboats in surrounding areas. Craigslist advises shoppers to read its article on avoiding scams and fraud before making a major purchase on its site.

Many individuals and other entities donate boats to Boat Angels, a 501-C-3 nonprofit entity, sometimes for the tax deduction it provides. Many of these boats are in good condition and Boat Angels sells them, often at substantial discounts over similar used boats. As of December 2015, about 10 used sailboats are listed at BoatAngels.com, in an auction format. Clicking a listing redirects to a sailboat's listing on eBay.com, where bidders can take advantage of the buyer protection features that eBay's website provides.

Many other sailboats are listed on eBay.com. Shoppers can refine searches by options such as the sailboat type, model year, hull material, price and location. Some listings include the phrase "or Best Offer" with the price and a search for recently sold sailboats reveals that some were sold for the best offer.

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