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#572423 - 05/01/19 11:00 AM Best site for selling boats?  
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Hi all! I've been lurking for years but I finally drew up the courage to make an account! I needed to ask: What's the best site to sell my boat? I had been told to use the Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist since they're free, but after using them, I see they're free for a reason.

The only other ones I've seen were Boats.com, BoatTrader, YachtWorld, and Sell-A-Boat, but only Sell-A-Boat felt accessible to me (truth be told it's probably the site I'll end up back at!)

Is there any other sites I should know about? Thanks!

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#572424 - 05/01/19 11:34 AM Re: Best site for selling boats? [Re: CaptMurphy]  
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I guess we would need to know a little about your boat before making a recommendation. Brand, model, size, equipped with, location,.........etc.


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#572425 - 05/01/19 01:45 PM Re: Best site for selling boats? [Re: CaptMurphy]  
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I sold my last boat in 6 days on craigslist and got my asking price. Put as much accurate information (HP, engine make and model, upgrades, options, electronics, features etc.) in the ad as you can but leave your opinions and stories out; save those for the inevitable back and forth emails. Put as many good pictures in the ad as you can too.

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#572426 - 05/01/19 07:48 PM Re: Best site for selling boats? [Re: CaptMurphy]  
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Welcome to the best boating forum on the net.

Have had great success with Craigslist.


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#572427 - 05/01/19 11:58 PM Re: Best site for selling boats? [Re: CaptMurphy]  
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CaptMurphy - Welcome to BABC. Glad you finally signed up.

I have been wondering the same thing about where to sell/find boats. IMHO, Craigslist is not nearly as prevalent as it used to be (for all things, not just boats). This is likely due to the spammers and fraudulent posters. Every time I post something for sale on CL, I immediately start receiving robo emails. I sold my last boat on CL - I only had one person from CL interested (who ended up buying it), but I nearly did not reply to his emails because I feared he was a fraudster (his email had very little detail). I am not likely to ever list anything on CL again.

BoatTrader appears to be mostly used by dealers: good for buying/researching, but not sure about listing FSBO.

Many people list their boats on a brand specific forums. There is a Cobalt forum that has lots of Cobalts listed for sale. There is a Regal Owners group on Facebook where Regals are listed for sale. I assume all brands have at least one forum/group/website where you can post for sale adds. The upside of listing on a brand specific site is you will attract educated buyers who know what they are looking for.

Best of luck and keep up apprised of your progress.

#572428 - 05/02/19 08:10 AM Re: Best site for selling boats? [Re: CaptMurphy]  
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I feel compelled to add that craigslist is loaded with ads for neglected and dirty boats, so if you are trying to sell one of those, it's a tough market.

My last boat was in exceptional condition and I still spent 12 hours detailing it before I took any pictures for the ad I placed. When someone opens the engine hatch and sees a 19 year old engine that still looks new, above a spotless bilge, it really helps sell the boat. Some elbow grease, a couple of quarts of soap, and various scrub brushes to get into little crevices can make a HUGE difference in the impression made.

An organized and clean set of spare parts says a lot about the boat too. Seeing a used raw water pump in a box with "changed on xx/xx/2019" written on it in the engine compartment gives an informed buyer great peace of mind. Stuff like that helped closed the deal on the boat I just bought and the boat I just sold.


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#572429 - 05/02/19 11:11 AM Re: Best site for selling boats? [Re: CaptMurphy]  
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Agree 100% with Dave. A well taken care of boat that is priced realistically will sell easy. Problem is there are far more neglected over priced boats out there. It always amazes me how many people will allow there boat to just fall apart & expect someone to still pay good money for it.

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#572430 - 05/02/19 07:00 PM Re: Best site for selling boats? [Re: CaptMurphy]  
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I sold my previous boat and bought my current boat on Craigslist. The paid boat listing sites are fine, but I think they are more geared towards dealers and brokers. Of the paid sites mentioned, I'd go with BoatTrader.

I agree with the other comments about appearance and pricing. Remember there are lots of other folks out there trying to sell their boat. . . they are your competition.


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#572431 - 05/03/19 10:29 PM Re: Best site for selling boats? [Re: CaptMurphy]  
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My experience on Craigslist was the same -- sold our 20 year old boat for about what we paid for it 10 years previously, and it only took about a week. The seller was ready to negotiate but paid full price when he saw the boat and extras I threw in.



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#572432 - 05/04/19 12:33 AM Re: Best site for selling boats? [Re: CaptMurphy]  
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Funny- all the boats I've owned over the years, I've only actually sold 2 of them-

boat 1 the old Hydroswift, buyers of our house got that one
boat 2 the Galaxy I bought new, traded it for:
boat 3, the Kona minicruiser. Lost it to bankruptcy-
boat 4, the twin engine Reinell, SOLD via local want ads- wasn't 10 minutes after the guy drove off with it that I got a phone call, rear axle blew out a bearing--
boat 5, the Marathon, first boat Vick and I bought together, traded it in for
boat 6, the Sea ray- I did actually sell it to a friend on a take-over payment thing, but that didn't turn out so well. At least I kept the title-- it's in my signature
boat 7, the Sun Runner, bought it from a broker, same broker sold it so we could buy
boat 8, the Party Cruiser, from the same broker--also in my signature-
boat 9, the SkipperLiner, obviously still have that one smile
boat 10, the babyliner, after 4 years SOLD via a local TV station ad site- It was like new, and never got a phone call laugh
boat 11, the Chaparral, my favoritest boat 2nd only to the SkipperLiner, same broker sold it for me. And they trashed the new owner's outdrive by forgetting to install the dipstick... shocked -wasn't me!!
boat 12, the Regal, not planning on selling it any time soon --also bought from the same broker...

I have done a lot of LOOKING at boats on Craigslist, so since the price is right, why not?


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#572438 - 05/20/19 12:47 PM Re: Best site for selling boats? [Re: CaptMurphy]  
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Sold our boat on CL in January, the buyers looked over the side and said yes as it was still in the garage. I pulled it out a few weeks later when payment was received and off she went. I purchased our current boat through a brand specific boating forum.


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