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Effective boat selling: means the best possible price in the shortest possible time. Here are some do's and don'ts that might help to achieve this.

  • Firstly it is best to compare other boats and prices to see how the compare with yours and come up with a realistic price. You need to know if there are another three boats on the market $5000 cheaper than yours.

  • Next make sure that you have your boat clean and well presented. This is imperative for a quick sale. Remember presentation counts

  • Acknowledge the cost of any "must do" repairs needed and compensate on the price of the boat or get them fixed.

  • Commission on the price of a boat adds around 7% to the price of that boat. Decide if you want to go with a broker or you would rather go through the hard slog yourself. Remember that it is easy to spend a few hundred dollars on advertising with little result. At least with a broker you don't pay unless you sell.

  • Consider advertising on the Internet. This is the cheapest form of advertising and you would be surprised at how effective it can be when it is done well. Investigate where who and how in this area but do you not need to pay for this. Just get surfing.

  • Give the prospective buyer as much information as possible. Listing the inventory for example can separate your boat from others in the same class.

  • Do not hide defects but present a positive way to overcome them to prospective buyer. Nothing will turn a buyer off quicker that taking him to see a boat that has been misrepresented in an advertisement

  • Always submit a photo of your boat. " A picture is worth a thousand words" is so true. Present photos of both the inside and outside your boat. Most people do think that the inside matters as well as the outside

  • Some insurance companies authorise experienced brokers to evaluate their prospective clients boats, rather than get a new survey. If you happen to be insuring your boat get a boat evaluation from an authorised insurance evaluator. You can use this to show that your boat is sound. Insurance companies are not in the habit of insuring unsound vessels but this, in no means is meant to deter prospective buyers from pursuing a survey