The new models are coming out soon, and you are ready to move up to a bigger boat. Before you can do that you have to sell the boat you have. It’s not realistic to think you can park it in your yard, hang a for sale sign on it, and someone will buy it. It takes a lot more effort to get your boat into a new home. The following tips will help you sell your boat so you can get into a new one.
. According to Miller Marine, you should clean your boat from top to bottom, including the bilge, sole, lockers, upholstery and head, and try to remove any stains that may have accumulated. Make your boat shine like it was ready for the boat show. You want prospective buyers to know you have taken good care of your boat, but they won’t if it is dirty.
. Remove all your personal things, including clothing and gear. You want the buyer to see it empty so they can picture the drawers, cabinets, and hanging lockers full of their own things. Otherwise, your boat will look cluttered and buyers won’t be interested.
. According to Cruising World, it’s worth investing a few dollars to have your boat surveyed. If there are any problems, get them fixed before you put the boat on the market. Paint the boat if it needs it. Hulls should only be painted white or dark blue according to boat brokers.
. Selling your boat quickly requires you to price it right. You need to price it below the lowest comparable boat on the market. It really doesn’t matter if your boat has less engine hours or fancier equipment. Don’t quibble over the difference if you want a fast painless sale.
. Provide buyers with a history of your boat and any upgrades you have added. Also have a complete inventory list available, including electronic, sails, systems, life vests, and every item that goes with the boat. A photo album with various pictures of the boat and its amenities is also nice for buyers to browse.
. See a boat broker if the preparation seems like too much work for you to do in the time you have. You will have to pay a fee, but it may well be worth the amount if your boat sells quickly at a decent price.
If you follow these tips, you can sell a boat in St. Cloud MN or Dallas TX and soon be preparing to purchase a newer model.