Prices of used houseboats - any Red or Blue Book Values

by Linda
(Des Moines, WA)

A typical Silver Queen Houseboat.

A typical Silver Queen Houseboat.

Prices of used houseboats - any Red or Blue Book Values available. I was trying to find a price, or get a red-blue book value on a 1970 Silver Queen Houseboat ? Can you help with that?

Thank you, Linda

Reply - Answer
Well Linda, congratulations on your decision to start pricing used houseboats. Since you didn't give any specific details as to the size, equipment or condition of the Silver Queen houseboat, I will have to render a "blind" ballpark figure.

Price wise you could be anywhere between $10k - 20k, and this is relative to many factors. If you get a chance to speak to a marine surveyor, they would be able to thoroughly examine the houseboat and provide you with a value based on many criteria's.

Generally speaking, when it comes to pricing used houseboats, or getting Red or Blue Book values, you will find that there is nothing available for boats that are beyond 20 years old.

The only way to get an idea of houseboat prices that are older, you would have start researching the ones that are presently for sale, and the ones that have been sold, and compare these prices to give yourself an average ballpark figure. You could always start by reading our houseboat classifieds page to get more info.

I wish I could be more help, however I'm sure that amongst our thousands of readers and visitors, somebody may have one for sale, or knows of someone that is presently selling one.

Lastly, hopefully some of our readers will share and post comments about their experiences when dealing with used houseboat prices and values. Feel free to use the "Click here to post comments" link found at the bottom of this page.

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35' Silver Queen Houseboat
by: Anonymous

I have a 1970 35' Silver Queen houseboat that I had a 2003 mercruiser 5.0/bravo package put in with all new gas and water tanks and it appraised here in Florida for $28,000.00. I'm looking to sell it now as I want a much bigger boat, but the market is kinda slow.

Book values of boats
by: Dottie goes back to 1970 on boats unless the boat is a custom built like Gibson.

It is worth what you are willing to pay...
by: Russell

At this time the market is in favor of buyers. With more people losing their homes to balloon payments, excessive interest rates and dozens of other factors, people are parting with their toys. It is a buyer's windfall! If you are in a situation where you have the funds to buy you can name your own price.

I have seen the exact same boat, same year, same maker, same options and the same condition be priced as far as $150,000 apart. I can show you a 1968 Houseboat for $25,000 and an exact copy for $175,000. You know something? The $25,000 one was the better boat. Not to mention being the better deal. If you had to put $50,000 into the lesser priced one you would still come out way far ahead. Think about that the next time someone says "you get what you pay for" .

I guess each purchase is different in that you have to have some knowledge as to what you are looking at. If you have little to no knowledge it is best to get a surveyor. It can cost quite a bit but it can save you a lot more.

I found that with my 50 plus years of boating expirence and boat repair of everything from wooden rowboats to refinishing and redesigning new yachts that I trust my own judgement over any surveyor. If you do not have considerable expirence in the field, by all means, get a survey!

BUT! Even then consider the pricing as something you keep in the back of your mind. If someone is asking $60,000 and you only have #30,000 to work with, offer what you can afford. All they can do is say no. You may be surprised as to the answer you get. You can always offer more but if you don't offer low you can't go back.

I bought a Sea Ray a few years ago with no money down and the owner financed it over two years. It was worth about $45,000 and we got it for $20,000. I had just bought a new engine for my sailboat and had no cash left to buy a boat with.

Don't be afraid to ask for what you want. People are reeling under the current economy and need to cut costs. Keeping a boat is a big one. Especially if you have house payments, car payments, kids in school or college.

Get rid of the toys and get some cash coming in every month. That's what they need! That boat they have can be replaced later when the economy improves. If you are going to live aboard you have the advantage. No house payments!

Go out and offer a few thousand down and haggle out a payment plan. You will be surprised at what you find.

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