If you’re reading this, we have a decent notion of what you’re going through now. We all love our boats as boat owners, but there comes a moment when it’s time to let go and go on. We’ve all been there: whether you’re purchasing a new boat and need to sell your old one first, or you’re just ready to cash in on your investment and take a vacation from the sea. However, selling your boat does not have to be complicated.
So, here are some tips and tricks you can employ to help sell your boat!
Get Your Boat Ready for Sale
Clutter is another factor that reduces your prospects of a speedy sale. Throw cushions, potted plants, and nautical sculptures may make your cabin seem “homey,” but to a buyer, these items only make the cabin appear smaller. Look for clutter in storage compartments on runabouts and centre consoles. Yes, removing the water skis and tow toys from the box in the sole will hurt, but eliminating as much stuff as possible is the proper step. Simply leave the essential needed safety items in place, and if any extra equipment is being sold, display it to the buyer separately.
Take Boat Videos and Photos While on the Water
Once your boat is in terrific form, it’s time to get some great on-the-water images and movies. Remember that the initial impression is crucial. A captivating photo or video may be why a buyer chooses your offering over another seller’s listing. Avoid taking shots of the boat on a trailer, in poor lighting, or with a crowded background. Listings with videos tend to sell faster than those without. Therefore, it is worthwhile to produce some videos.
Create a Sales Strategy
You may proceed to the decision-making steps now that you have high-quality yacht images and videos, know your pricing and have prepared your vessel for sale. You must create a sales plan here, and in doing so, you must answer some essential questions. You must decide if you want to enlist the assistance of a broker or dealer or conduct the transaction on your own.
When you’re ready to promote your yacht, you’ll have to make some more options, such as ad placement, target audience, negotiating room (your “reserve price”), and so on. For example, will you use print, internet advertising, or just put up an old-fashioned for sale sign and moor your yacht in a high-traffic area? Perhaps you’ll take an all-of-the-above approach?
Display Your Boat Online or In Person
Hopefully, the adverts will result in many phone calls and emails enquiring about your yacht. It’s now time to start showing it to prospective purchasers. This includes scheduling virtual tours through video chat to arranging in-person sea trials. Prepare to answer several questions regarding the model, condition, main features, and any add-ons you’ve added. Again, there will very certainly be many questions, so have your sales presentation ready.