- Check to make sure the engine runs smoothly and the battery isn’t dead.
- Try to convince the buyer to limit ride-along friends and family to as few as possible to show off the space better.
- Apply a fresh coat of paint to make the boat look sharper. Look out for areas where the paint may have worn-off
- To attain a smoother ride and faster top-end speed remove the canvas, empty stowage areas, stow excess gear ashore and keep light on the fuel and water.
- If your boat condition rates “average” or “good” focus solely on the more glaring blemishes. Compound-out rust stains bleeding from fittings, re-tape shredded boot stripe, de-grease the engine, clean the bilge, surreptitiously place air fresheners if the cabin is musty and if you have clear curtains, replace or remove any that are scratched or clouded by age.
- An extra furniture and surface polish and shine an hour before arrival can make a good first impression
- Have all the documents prepared all title, registration, extended warranty and, if available, service records on hand
- Know your bottom–line price well in advance of meeting the first buyer and be prepared for negotiation
Remember: Do not sign the boat over until you know you can spend the buyer’s money