You’ve had some good times, but maybe have hit a rough patch or two. As all boat owners know, all good things must come to an end. Sometimes, that means it’s time to sell your boat.
If you’re looking for something a little bigger, more family-friendly, or perhaps it’s just time for an upgrade, you’ve come to the right place. If you’re thinking, “How do I sell my boat?” – don’t worry because we’ve got you covered with these 5 steps.
1. Prepare your boat for sale
Just like selling a home, presentation is key for a quick sale. As the seller, you’ll want to make sure your boat is in the best condition possible before putting it on the market. We know from experience at BOATIM that a well-maintained boat will sell much quicker than a poorly kept boat. Here are a few quick things you can do to prepare:
- Clean the boat thoroughly
- Repair minor cosmetic issues
- Tune up your engines and fix any known mechanical problems
2. It’s photo time! Make your boat stand out
Proper photography is a must since you’ll be creating an online listing. But, the good news is, you don’t need to be a Hollywood director to get the most out of your boat. With today’s technology, you should be fine with photos and videos taken with your phone. Here are a few tips to make your boat stand out:
Location, location, location
As the saying goes, it’s all about location. Find a clear, uncluttered space to shoot where your boat will be the clear focal point.
Shoot at “Golden Hour”
For the best lighting, try shooting at Golden Hour, just before sunset. If you’re more of a morning person, shooting at sunrise can achieve the same results. This lighting casts a nice glow over your boat and you won’t have the harsh glare from the sun in any of your photos.
Hit the water
If you can, try to get a few snaps of your boat in its natural habitat – on beautiful, pristine water. There’s nothing quite like a video on the water for potential buyers to understand what your boat has to offer.
3. Determine how much your boat is worth
Many factors will determine the value of your boat, including its size, model, and age. Elements like condition, equipment, location, and add-ons like your boat trailer may also need to be factored into the price.
You can check out BOATIM’s boat marketplace to determine the value of your boat or yacht by comparing it to other similar boats featured.
4. Fairly price your boat
Accurate and fair pricing is important when you’re looking to sell your boat fast and you’ll want to price your boat based on its value. Perhaps the sale of your current boat will allow you to buy your next vessel, or maybe you’re looking to put the money towards something different.
Either way, be sure to set a rock bottom price in your head and don’t go below it. That way, you’ll have some flexibility, and you’ll never walk away from a sale feeling like you deserved more.
5. Market and sell your boat
Marketing works. It’s as simple as that. To sell your boat as quickly as possible, you’ll need to be where your potential buyers are. That’s where we come in!
BOATIM reaches millions of potential boat owners every month and has quickly become the world’s largest online boat marketplace. If you’re a private boat seller, you can sign up with us today to reach buyers and sell your boat fast. Our online application makes it easy, and it only takes minutes to list your boat on the platform.
The bottom line
At the end of the day, you know what your boat is worth. While it may be a little sad to say goodbye to your maritime companion, don’t worry because you’ll always have the memories. It’s time for you to set your gaze on the horizon and see what’s next!
BOATIM is more than just a marketplace – we’re the next-generation platform, connecting buyers and sellers of new and used boats and yachts. If you’re ready to take a look and see what else is out there, check out our online boat marketplace today.