So you’ve decided to let go of your boat and sell it. Before you get too excited about earnings, you need to do some preparations first to ensure smooth and painless transaction. It’s not as easy as trying to sell a bag or watch. If you’re planning to sell, say a Sunseeker 46 model or a VanDutch 40 unit, you need to produce the necessary documents and accomplish other errands.
Before selling your yacht or boat
Make sure to clean, polish, and repair your yacht or boat thoroughly before you look for potential buyers. Take out the trash, decorations, and other knick knacks you have in the interiors so you can make the rooms appear spacious. Carefully inspect all corners, nooks, and crannies and see if they need polishing, dusting, or washing. It’s also beneficial if you can repair any fixtures, furniture or accessories so the whole unit will seem like it is brand new. It may cost you some money at first, but you’ll get that back once you’re able to sell your unit for a good price, which is highly possible if your unit looks decent and presentable.
Once you’re satisfied with your yacht or boat’s “brand new” look, you can start organizing your property’s official documents like purchase and sales contracts. You will need them when you’re ready to sell and finally transfer ownership of your yacht or boat to its new owner.
When selling your yacht or boat
One of the most important decisions you’ll ever make when selling your yacht or boat, like a Sunseeker 46 or a VanDutch 40, is whether to market it yourself or hire a broker or dealer. Hiring a certified dealer or broker may cost you money but it’s actually more advantageous than doing it yourself. Dealers or brokers are connected to a network of both buyers and sellers of marine equipment and vehicles so they have the means to get you in touch with potential buyers quickly and efficiently.
If you plan on doing the marketing work yourself, you may look for yacht or boat companies that offer dealership services online and advertise your Sunseeker 46 or VanDutch 40 there. Depending on the requirements of the company, you may need to put up an ad stating something like “Sunseeker 46 for sale” or “Inquire about buying a pre-used VanDutch 40”. Send advertisements to as many websites as possible so you can cover a lot of ground.