Tips for Selling Your Boat


Whether you are selling your boat because you hope to upgrade to a more luxurious one, do not have the time to go out on it, or bought it on impulse and decided you do not love hitting the open sea as much as you thought, you are probably interested in selling it as quickly as possible. There are several important considerations from how you will go about selling it to where you will advertise. Check out this website for some insightful recommendations on how to go about selling your boat. Here are some top tips to help you out.

Who Will Sell the Boat?

The first thing you need to figure out in the process is who will sell the boat. You can do it yourself or work with a dealer or broker. A broker will sell your boat for a commission; a boat dealer may be willing to offer you space in his location where your boat will be more prominently displayed; you can also ask if he can include your boat in his advertising—you will probably have to pay a fee but it may be more cost-effective than putting out your ad.  You may maximize the amount of money you make from the sale of your boat by visiting  for professional advice on how to sell it.

There is no one best option and it will depend on how much time you want to invest in the process. By doing it yourself, you do not lose any money to commissions and fees, but you will need to make time for sea trials, surveys, and the like. You need to familiarize yourself with the boat market and the sales process; while you may have to give fees to a dealer, he may be able to get you a better price. If you are thinking about going on your own, the following can give you some guidance.

Places to Sell

If you have decided you will sell the boat on your own, you need to decide where you will advertise. Two of the most popular sites are and BoatTrader. The former gets over 460,000 hits a day from seriously interested buyers. These sites are great for both local and national exposure. You will find a variety of other sites offering classified services, some for free and some for a fee.  Sites that deal specifically with your class of boat and/or your region may be a particularly effective way to reach buyers. Before you start shelling out money for paid sites, you should do a bit of research on the amount of traffic and where it is coming from. Local newspapers can also be a good idea, particularly if the demographic you are likely dealing with may not spend much time surfing the web; national boating publications are very targeted, but it may take a while before your ad gets published.

How to Price Your Boat

While negotiating is almost always part of the deal when it comes to selling any type of vehicle, it is important to start with a price that will get the ball rolling. If the price is too high, no one will even bother to inquire further; if the price is way too low, people will assume there is something seriously wrong with the boat. Checking out other boats for sale, on a site such as, for example, can give you an idea of the market. 

Unless your boat is highly unique or very customized, chances are you will see plenty of other boats for sale that is just like yours. NADA guides can be very helpful in determining how you should price your boat. Boats with upgrades and well-documented maintenance schedules can command a higher price—selling at the beginning of the season can also net a higher price. If you still owe money on the boat, it is important to figure out exact figures so you can set a minimum price that will at least cover your costs. Even if you are willing to negotiate, do not make the best offer declaration in your ad.

Other Options

If you are feeling particularly generous, or are looking for a juicy tax write-off, you might consider donating your boat. You can easily find a list of approved boat donation charities on the internet. Whether the charity uses the boats for its purposes or sells them to support its cause, you can help them out. If you are interested in learning more about possibly donating your boat, visit  for more information.