10 tips when selling your boat
Most things about selling are just common sense - and in a competitive market you need to give your boat the best chance. The main season to sell is between early spring and autumn.
- Ensure that you have all documentation up-to-date and readily to hand including all service and maintenance records.
- Consider whether you are going to sell privately or via a brokerage. A brokerage can present your boat professionally to a wider audience and take care of any necessary valeting etc.
- Cleaning. Appearance is quickly affected by sun, salt and deck grime that runs down the side of the boat leaving streaks across the hull when it rains. Use only a mild detergent to avoid removing the wax layer.
- Boat bottom cleaning. Out of sight - out of mind, but removal of algae and other waterlife is essential to maintaining speed, performance and also fuel economy. A buyer will check.
- Boat waxing maintains an eye catching glossy look.
- Operational checks - ensure all equipment is in good working order, including that the engine starts easily.
- Check rigging and sails, navigation lights, horn, bilge pumps, lights, winches, heating, gas appliances, generator, cooking facilities, taps and toilet.
- Remove any ancillary equipment that you don’t plan to include with the sale.
- Replace anything not working or that won’t clean up or is badly worn and finally undertake a thorough interior cleaning.
- Finally take good photographs on a bright sunny day for use in any advertising on or offline.