It would seem to me that shells should depreciate at about the
same rate as other boats (I'm thinking of a 30 foot sailboat,
specifically). When one buys the boat brand new, it is instantly
depreciated about 30% (my figures could be off by a few percent).
Then, if kept in good condition, it slowly gains back the lost 30% due
to inflation. So, depending on the type of shell, the blades, and
other extras such as a stroke coach (especially if the boat comes with
decent blades), it seems to me that a three year old shell kept in
'like new' condition would sell for close to a thousand dollars less
than a brand new shell (once again depending on how much it cost
originally). I could be way off here, since I'm not majoring in
economics. At anyrate, it is true that a boat stored correctly for five
years will come out just as competitive as it went in, and will still
appear new. Just my thoughts.
William V. Beery '98
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-1632