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Boats for Sale Best Practices

The easiest way to sell your boat is to communicate up front about all the benefits your buyers will enjoy purchasing from you. While the features of the boat are important, if you can highlight some of the ways that your boat will make their life more enjoyable (especially on the water), the selling part will come easier.

Here are a few boats for sale best practices for hassle-free transactions:

Highlight the Boat Features
While most buyers will be able to get a sense about what type of boat you selling by the year and manufacturer, if you want to appeal to a narrower audience you have to highlight more detailed features of the boat. Take pictures and describe in detail about the new fish-finder that was installed, the updated stereo system, the new engines, and the rooms below. Try to highlight what makes your boat stand out from all the others of similar make and model.

Meeting Once a Week
If the boat is still in the water, rather than meet with buyers everyday to take them for a drive, schedule all these trips once a week. Let buyers know what date you are showing the boat and how many people have already scheduled to come by for a drive. If a buyer is serious, they will not want to allow that many people to get a look at the risk of losing the boat and may come in with an offer to buy without driving right there. Being up front with your potential buyers will put them at ease and allow them to make more timely decisions when they know time is of the essence.

Be Prepared to Close the Deal
If you advertised the boat correctly with plenty of pictures and detailed descriptions, the buyers will come running. Make sure the boat is in spotless condition before you even list the ad because you may get an offer that day from a serious buyer who is ready to close the deal. A filthy boat is a deal-breaker for buyers because it can be considered an indication of how well you have taken care of the vessel. Have the boat in tip-top shape and have all your documents and papers ready to go in the event you get a full-price offer from the first person to see your ad.

If you laid out all your details in the ad, the buyers will understand how this transaction will need to be handled. If you have financing availalbe mention that in the ad, buyers with cash will still call and you but those that might need a payment plan will be more likely to put your boat on the top of the list. A Boatmo listing makes listing your boat with all the details, photos and features easy – so take the time to complete as much info as possible for happier sailing and selling!  Want more tips about boating?  Visit: – a great source for boater’s to check out!  And don’t forget the best place to start searching for those boats for sale is

June 4, 2016 / by / in
Have a Boat for Sale? Buying a Boat? When Do You Need a Boat Broker?

Selling or Buying a boat without a broker may at times seem like selling/buying a home without a real estate agent. There are so many complexities to the sale that could really backfire if you plan on going at it alone. For most of us, not only will you be better protected working with a boat broker or dealer, the sale will be less problematic and should close in a shorter amount of time.

Consider these reasons why you should use a broker to sell your yacht or boat

Negotiating Fair Market Value
Your boat broker understands the value of your boat compared to those that have recently sold and those that are currently listed with the Multiple Listing Service. Your broker will inform you what maintenance needs to be done on your boat so that you can secure the highest possible selling price while still being competitive in the market.

Advertising Your Boat for Sale
Trying to sell your yacht or boat on your own and you are responsible for all advertising costs. The longer it takes to sell your boat, the more you are going to be paying to have your ad printed in the papers. When you work with a local boat broker, they have access to the best advertising forums and will make certain your advertisement gets the maximum exposure to your target audience. They are usually marketing numerous boats and yachts and have access to more clients than you would on your own. Many have extensive mailing lists and marketing tools that you as an individual will not have access too.

Consulting With a Boat Marketing Expert
One of the biggest advantages to working with a broker to sell your boat is the professional experience they have gained over the years. Now you have access to this information that can help you sell your boat for top dollars and faster than had you tried on your own. These experts have inroads to many buyers in the industry, and can put the word out to their local connections to help get your boat in front of the right audience.

Avoiding Troublesome Negotiations
Your boat broker is skilled at the art of negotiation. No longer will you have to deal with buyers who shoot out low ball prices in an effort to get the boat at the lowest possible prices. The negotiations will now be handled by the boat broker who will work as the middlemen and not only work to keep both parties happy, will make certain this process moves along as seamlessly and quickly as possible.

With the right boat broker, this transaction will have less issues and you will only have to take part once a serious buyer has committed to the deal. In many cases the boat broker can up the price to include their fees so that when it sells, you are making the maximum amount of money.  Check out our online Yacht and Boat Broker list and review qualified Broker/Dealers in your market area.

June 2, 2016 / by / in
Top 7 Tips for Selling Your Boat Quickly

Selling your boat can be simple and easy if you understand the buyers perspective. Statistics show that the top searches online are for Builder/Manufacturer, Year, Model and size and your listing on is designed, optimized and formatted to take advantage of the top online searches. But, once they find your listing it is up to you to connect with the buyer in a way they can relate so you can sell any boat quickly.

Consider these top seven tips for selling your boat quickly.

1. Design a Catchy Description/Headings – Regardless if you are selling your boat online or in a newspaper, headlines sell. Most people only scan through those classified ads, so you need to grab their attention quick. Make your first words count buy listing the best features and lifestyle benefits.

2. Take High Quality Pictures – There is no reason not to have several high-quality images posted of your boat. The mobile phones of today have higher resolutions than many digital cameras. Include lots of pictures to give that potential buyer the chance to imagine they were actually there.

3. Competitive Pricing Sells – Just because you overpaid for your boat don’t think other buyers will. To see a boat quickly you have to do your homework and see what other sellers are getting for similar boats. Price to sell either at or just below those prices for a quick deal.

4. Clean That Boat – Don’t take pictures of the boat or show it right after you got back from a weekend fishing trip with your buddies. No one wants to see a dirty boat, clean up the outside, remove all that clutter, polish all the chrome, and make it look like it was brand new all over again.

5. Offer the Trailer – Many new boat owners do not have a boat trailer, so make them an offer they can not refuse. let them know if they buy your boat, you will include the trailer for a steal. Talk up the benefits of the trailer and how the boat fits perfectly on it. Sell as a package deal!

6. Be As Specific As Possible – Boat owners want the facts, so include all receipts or details about any changes that were made to your boat. If you upgraded the motors, the instrument panel, added stereo system, refinished the hull, or installed GPS, document everything with details.

7. Schedule Test Drives – If you want to sell your boat fast, schedule interested buyers on the same day at different times, and take them out for a few minutes to open her up. The combination of being on the water and the thought of another buyer seeing the boat will help sell it fast.

Now you have some helpful information for selling your boat quickly.

June 2, 2016 / by / in