Getting the Most Offers When Selling Your Boat

Selling a boat is no easy task. You have to worry about transportation, transactions, insurance, and transfers of ownership. The last thing that you want to be worried about is the process of promoting your boat to a larger number of people. We’ve provided a few boating selling tips for you to keep in mind that help you get more offers.

Social Media
Likely your most reliable resource to tap into, your social media sources can easily yield a few offers for your boat with little effort on your party. Reach out to any friends or followers you have on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. If you are on Google+, you can join various groups in G+ and post your boat’s information for members to review.

Auctions
If you’re in a hurry to sell your boat, it’s hard to find a better way to sell it faster than through an auction. Do your research to find if there are any boat auctions that you can be a part of in your area. If you can, find out if you can hire a representative for the boat. Typically they will take a commission if the boat sells at a certain pre-established price, but won’t get anything if it sells for less than that. It’s a much safer bet, and they can get a sense of how many buyers are out there that would have a legitimate interest in buying your boat.

Boat Trader Sites
There are hundreds of different boat trader sites that allow you to list your boat with the intent of selling it. While site plans vary, you generally pay a fee to the website to list your boat, and your listing has a time limit or no time limit for how long it appears on the website. Because there are so many to choose from, it’s important to make sure you are picking a site to list your boat on that gets a lot of traffic, and will give your boat as much relevant exposure as possible. You can get a sense of how much traffic a website gets by checking their Alexa ranking. The lower the number, the more traffic the website likely gets.

Website
A simple and cost effective way to promote your boat on the web is through a free website. Use an easy to use website like Weebly, Wix, or Webs to create your listing, contact information, photos, and downloadable documents regarding your boat. It allows you to put up as much information as you want regarding your boat, and make it a more tangible thing to people who may not get to see your boat in person until they are serious about buying it.

Flyers
A cost effective way to reach the people who are most likely to buy your boat is simply by printing off flyers and advertising them around marinas, yacht clubs, or any other areas where boaters would gather. Be sure you include all of your contact details and even the website where more information about your boat exists.