|Subject: Trapper 300 Prices|
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Date Posted: 9/03/05 1:17:42
Upon reading David Harding's re-visit test report about Sadler 26's (PBO No.460)I have been stirred to the point of having to put finger to keyboard. Our T300's were mentioned in the side panel as a worthy alternative design to consider when judging the Sadler 26 but the price guide suggested was £8000-£11,000, while the Sadler 26's forerunner, the Sadler 25, was valued as being worth £9-14K.
Now, as a professional smallcraft surveyor and former yachtbroker, (abeit being a little partisan in that I own a 1982 T300), I am very familar with the respective designs and whilst recognising that a small group of individuals cannot hope to buck a free market, I would venture to suggest that it's about time we stood just a little stiffer in telling the world just what a worthy design of yacht we sail - and when it ultimately comes to it, offer for sale - in the asking prices we set on our boats.
The T300 is, in reality almost 12" longer than the Sadler26 ((which includes its transom hung rudder in its overall length); our waterline is longer, our beam is greater and our displacement is lighter. The later T300's boast a fixed chart table that the Sadler doesn't have.
With my trade awareness of secondhand prices I wouldn't disagree with the PBO's suggestion that S26 prices generally range from about £17K, what I consider to be a pertinent 'kick up the arse' is the illogical disparity between the £12,500-£14,000 considered normal for Sadler 25's (the even smaller predecessor) and the £6,500-12,000 range that Trapper 300 owners seem to have been resigned to.
My message to all owners that are actively involved in the Trapper 300 is to be proud of the design you sail and remind the ones that are not so actively involved in the class as a whole to be confident in the price you set on your boat. The design stands up extremely well in looks, performance and general suitability for those looking for a first yacht and for those who want fun from the sailing of a real performer.
While the lack of twin keel examples generally limits market values of a class of under 30'.I am confident that the Trapper 300 can sell for £10,000-14,500 in a market that puts a value of 17,000+ on a Sadler 26; £15,000 on an early, fin keeled Griffon 26 or £15,000 on a Delta 25.
It falls to us to tell the world, and to keep telling the world about the really great points about the Trapper 300!
If I can be of help in any aspect of setting out to get the best possible price for a T300, then I can be contacted on my daytime number 01752 660516.
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