How to Sell Your Boat Quickly

Boats and other water crafts come into the second-hand market frequently, especially at the end of boating season. Because we are still in the depths of boating season, you may find plenty of buyers keen for a boat in good condition, so now is a great time to sell. If there are plenty of options for buyers, though, you will want to make sure yours stands out. Here are a few tips:

  1. Remove personal items. While you may have many nostalgic memorabilia in there, potential buyers want to be able to picture themselves spending time in there, not you. De-clutter and depersonalize it for a quicker sale.
  2. Empty your boat out. The less clutter and ‘stuff you have in there, the better. You want your boat to look as spacious as possible. The more stuff, the less boat you can actually see.
  3. Show empty storage areas. If your boat contains plenty of storage, show it, but show it empty. It is hard to gauge how large a space is if it is already full.
  4. Clean your boat from top to bottom, inside and out until it shines.
  5. Remove any unwanted odours.
  6. Make sure it runs smoothly and all minor repairs are fixed before you put it up for sale.
  7. Set a realistic price. Do some research to see what similar boats are selling for. Take notice of ones that have been on Gumtree for weeks or months and have not been sold. Chances are their price may be too high.
  8. Avoid using basic descriptions with buzzwords and little detail. Be as honest and descriptive as possible.
  9. Take clear, bright photographs of every angle on the outside, as well as every part of the inside, if there is an inside. The highest resolution possible.

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to sell your boat! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android).

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