Boat Preparation for Sale
Selling your boat?
Make sure you get the most money from your boat sale.
Points to consider prior to selling your boat:
- Consider having your boat detailed
- A quick clean or polish to your boat will make it more appealing
- A fresh varnish or coat of paint – light cover
- New owners don’t want to spend time and money – they want to enjoy their new boat – ready to go
- A quick varnish, polish or coat of paint on the topsides of your boat, will enhance is appeal
- What makes your boat stand out for the others for the price you want?
Topsides Up Boat Detailing can help you
At Topsides Up Boat Detailing we can give you a FAST and FREE Quote on the best and cheapest way to get your boat ready for sale. We can run through a few options with you and you can choose which one will be the best for your boat and best value for your sale.
Remember, if it looks good, then it will probably go faster than if it looks run down, tired and needs work.
Your boat is valuable to someone, so make your boat clean and ready for sale. It’s common practice in the car industry to have you car cleaned and detailled prior to sale, both Privately and in the Car Yards, they look great, let’s make yours look as best for the value.
We know your sale could be about return on investment, so let’s make it work for you. Or if you are after a quick sale, lets get your boat ready. Bring your boat up to a sale stage.
Tips for selling your boat
Either selling online or face to face. Keep it clean, tidy and well maintained. You want to present it in the most positive light, even if you want quick sale. If you are planning on cleaning the boat yourself, make sure you use only marine based products and know what you are doing. Sometimes getting professionals is the best solution. If you boat is in the water, don’t think your buyer will only be looking at the topsides. Perhaps consider anti-fowling for the hull
Most buyers will want to look at the quality of your sails, it’s true that if your yacht has been out in the seas and used often, the sails will have wear and tear, but what is perceived by each buyer as what is in good condition and what is not is often a personal choice. Think about the buyer you will be attacking to your boat. Remember the higher the price the more fastidious your buyer maybe, but this is not always the case.
Inboard and Outboards operate differently. If your boat is in the water, the buyer will want to test it out. If it’s on land, the buyer will again what to hear the motor. Make sure you have a hose nearby and ear muff for the motor. A good sounding motor will help the sale of your boat. Sometimes the new buyer can overlook flaws in the boat for a good motor. Make sure you have fresh fuel also in the motor
Apart from the boat looking good, your buyer will also use their smelling sense. Make sure you bilge is clean, as well as your fridge, freezer. Ensure you have no food onboard or anything that can become odorous after a period of time. Keep your yacht tidy, de-clutter cupboards, cabins, galley, saloon and head. It will put buyers off if they see clutter.
These things can often be the most expensive to replace and crucial to your boat. Ensure your navigation equipment works, lights in order, stove, oven, fridge, freezer are all in working order and cleaned thoroughly.
Serious about selling your boat:
If you are serious, the above tips will add value. Remember a professional clean will impress, it’s just a matter of looking at your return on the investment.
How far to you go in updating the boat?