Welcome, visitor! [ Register | Login

How much should I sell my boat for

Selling Advice and Tips 25th April 2016

Pricing your boat too low and you’re giving money away, too high and you can’t get rid of it.

Here’s some top tips for pricing your boat right;

  1. Check out your local newspaper classifieds for boats that are identical to yours for sale, but remember that those are simply asking prices.
  2. Find out from local dealers to see what similar models they have available.
  3. You’ll probably find many identical boats offered on the Internet and there are a number of sites, including boatsforsaluk.co.uk.
  4. If you’re a member of BoatUS, they’ll provide you with a free estimate of the value of your used boat based primarily on the purchase histories of similar vessels.
  5. You can ask your bank or insurance agent for a marine “blue book,”. There are several available each varies in pricing and methodology (NADA and ABOS are the most used)*
  6. When comparing boats remember that small variations in engines or equipment can make big differences in price. Be mindful for variations for salt or freshwater use and see if the listing includes extra equipment that can raise the value.
  7. When comparing boat prices be sure you use the right year for your boat, check the VIN number stamped in the hull. A boat sold late in 1993, for example, is probably a 1994 model even though it shows 1993 on your registration papers.

*When using any blue book, be sure you understand how to use it and be brutally honest about the condition of your boat. Take blue book values with a grain of salt and don’t base your selling price only on these guides. If possible, get a copy of the blue book page with your boat on it to show to prospective buyers.

No Tags


Sponsored Links

Leave a Reply

  • IT support for keeping your IT running while you're sailing 

    by on 1st June 2017 - 0 Comments

    Your online IT business relies solely on technology. As you are location independent and working from anywhere while sailing you may not have access to the internet for large parts of the day. If a problem was to occur with your website it could have a negative result on your business as it could be […]

  • How to avoid back pain when Boating or Sailing

    by on 14th September 2017 - 2 Comments

    Boating and Sailing are both equally rewarding and demanding sports, requiring a lot of experience, expertise, and knowledge of the ocean. What can often be unspoken about or not taken too seriously is injuries that can occur while doing either activity, like back pain. There are a couple of easy habits to get into to […]

  • Best waterproof laptop bags 2018

    Best Waterproof Laptop Bag 2018

    by on 24th January 2018 - 0 Comments

    For most people, one of the top reasons that sailing is enjoyable is that it can be the perfect opportunity to switch off from using the computer and checking emails. Even with the best intention to break away from opening up your laptop screen, sometimes you just have to check in with work, review a […]

  • Grow your Instagram while at sea with no signal

    by on 1st September 2017 - 0 Comments

    There are a growing number of people choosing to live on a boat. This is mainly because it can be a cheaper cost of living with no rent to pay. For others, it is about the adventure and the freedom to travel the world. Even though it is a lower cost of living one will […]

  • Keeping fit while on a ship

    Keeping fit while on a ship

    by on 1st February 2018 - 0 Comments

    Staying fit or maintaining fitness on a boat can be difficult but it’s not impossible. There is a lack of space unless you are on a large ship that has a weights room onboard. Even on a small boat, it is possible to get an effective workout done. Many people do boxercise, callisthenics Pilates or […]

To help cover the website running costs. Some posts may contain affiliate links. If clicking these links leads to a sale, you won't pay any more but we get a small commission. Thank you for your support.