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Old 01-16-2022, 08:46 AM
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A good read..http://www.yachtworld.com/research/w...ell-your-boat/
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Old 01-16-2022, 08:53 AM
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I would try selling it on your own, center consoles are selling like mad, especially if priced right. If for some reason it doesn’t sell fast then you can list it with a broker.
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Old 01-16-2022, 12:29 PM
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If it’s a boat in your driveway/barn, easy to self sale.

If the boat is 2 hrs or farther away, or large cash down payment/sale, or you’re busy as stated above, I use a broker every time.

The 10% normally ends up seeming like a bargain!

Same broker every time, 20+ yrs.
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Take good photos, describe the good and the bad clearly so there aren’t surprises when they come see it. Make it so it’s better in person. This has worked for me every time and I sell to the first person that comes to look.

Try to weed out the tire kickers before they waste your time. They are easy to spot. Phrases like “money isn’t a problem” means it’s a problem. “hold it for me I’ll be there this weekend” means they aren’t gonna even call to let you know they aren’t coming.

On the contrary, when I was looking for a 2-3 year old cruiser every broker I dealt with told me the boat I was making the long trip to see were “showroom condition”. Without fail, every one of them had been docked by Rodney Dangerfield and had significant scuffs. “Been dry docked” means only sat in the water 100% of the time.

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Old 01-16-2022, 05:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Twin O/B Sonic View Post
If it’s a boat in your driveway/barn, easy to self sale.

If the boat is 2 hrs or farther away, or large cash down payment/sale, or you’re busy as stated above, I use a broker every time.

The 10% normally ends up seeming like a bargain!

Same broker every time, 20+ yrs.
Yeah. My LOTO boat is currently brokered for that reason. If anyone sees the ad, it has 330s not 375s 😂. Why are brokers so dumb? This is your job.

My OB mechanic here was trying to tell me Merc 300s are V6s. I just can’t with dumb people, maybe why I’m asking this question.

But I’ll be right by this boat, so I probably should sell myself.

Now the question is how much $ to put in it before I sell.
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Old 01-16-2022, 06:31 PM
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I haven’t used a broker but my friend has and he says that’s the way to go. Takes all the hassle out and there is a good chance that a broker can sell it for more and you still get your bottom dollar even after paying the fee.

I probably will next time I sell. To avoid tire kickers like I had a few years ago…
I’m pretty sure a guy was passing through my area and wanted to take a joy ride. I took time in the middle of the week after work to pull my boat to the lake (45 minutes away) to let him test drive. He kept wanting to drive it more. It was more than a typically person would test drive. After he left, never heard from him again.
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Old 01-16-2022, 07:27 PM
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If you’re doing it on your own, DRAG is right on.

Tons of pixs snd be brutally honest.
It will come through in your add and helps to win over long distance buyers.

I sell a lot of stuff that way, sight unseen.

I sold a vintage motorcycle, sight unseen, to a guy in Tampa, from here in Ohio and he even paid to have it hauled.

I know a boat is way scarier though snd that is part of it.

I got screwed on my last 24’ Sonic by a fk off broker in Chicago along w/other deals.

I think brokers are like surveyors.
Some have lived/breathed it all their lives while others just do it.

My broker won’t even take a small pleasure boat unless you allow him to drill a 1/8” hole in the transom for a core sample.

I rebuilt/replaced two bow hatches on my brothers 40’ Egg Harbor that his surveyor missed!

Like a Dr and a mechanic, you “retain” the good ones.
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Old 01-16-2022, 07:55 PM
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Broker as long as you get your agreed price?
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Something to consider is the price range. My Texas boat deal was less than 30 grand. Even though I knew the guy was a tool I also knew it was a project boat. If was in the market in the 100 grand plus boats I would use a broker.

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Old 01-16-2022, 09:01 PM
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Originally Posted by hogie roll View Post

Now the question is how much $ to put in it before I sell.
As much as you need to so you don’t receive an angry phone call after the sale.
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