Helpful tips

What to put in an ad for a used boat?

What to put in an ad for a used boat?

A typical used-boat buyer wants the boat to be as clean and “new looking” as possible. He or she doesn’t need you to tell him that “it’s a great family boat” or that you “hate to sell it.” Your ad needs to focus on what’s in it for the buyer.

How to market your boat as a private seller?

The key to marketing your boat as a private seller is to create an ad that stimulates interest, but doesn’t come across as too, well, “sales-y.” People who prefer buying boats from private parties don’t want to see too much persuasive sales jargon in your ad, so it’s something of a fine line to walk.

Is it easy to sell a small boat?

No one knows your boat as well as you do. With proper planning, and the help of this guide, it can be easy and satisfying. The process of selling a boat can be time consuming. You must educate yourself about the boat market. You will need to complete all the sales paperwork.

What kind of commission do you get selling a boat?

Professional brokers earn commission (usually around 8-10 percent) in exchange for marketing the vessel, liaising with potential buyers and handling the legal side of the transactions. In the latter respect they perform both the role of an estate agent and conveyancer/solicitor when buying or selling a property.

How to advertise your boat for sale online?

You have some more decisions to make when you’re ready to advertise your boat, including: ad placement, target audience, negotiation room (your “reserve price”) and so on. Will you go with print, advertise online, or simply get an old fashioned for sale sign and park your boat in a high-visibility spot?

Where is the best place to sell a boat?

That may well be the best place to sell it again. has over 120,000 boats for sale in a searchable database, and our online ads are easily updated with new photos or price changes (visit our Sell My Boat section to create a listing).

Do you need a copy of the bill of sale for a boat?

If a legal representative signs the title or bill of sale for the recorded owner (s), you must obtain a copy of the documentation authorizing the legal representative to act on behalf of the owner (s).

Do you have to sell your old boat before buying a new one?

Whether you’re buying a new boat and must first sell your old boat, or just ready to collect on your investment and take a break from the water, all of us here on the editorial staff have been there. However, the sell-my-boat process doesn’t have to be painful.