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Ideas on selling a sailboat?

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  1. JHoward

    JHoward

    Joined Nov 17, 2012
    86 posts, 4 likes
    Hunter 37.5 Cherubini
    US Bayfield, WI
    Anyone have selling ideas for a used sailboat? A template or self-selling idea. Good Old Boat classified seems a good source.
     


  2. dlochner

    dlochner

    Joined Jan 11, 2014
    3,742 posts, 1,728 likes
    Sabre 362
    113 US Fair Haven, NY
    What about here on SBO? The rates are very reasonable.
     


  3. Captain Larry-DH

    Captain Larry-DH

    Joined Jun 14, 2010
    727 posts, 395 likes
    Quorning Dragonfly 1200
    US home
    Now that you broke forum rules with your for sale post, you might as well take a #*-/+” classified ad with our hosts and do the right thing.
     


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  4. JHoward

    JHoward

    Joined Nov 17, 2012
    86 posts, 4 likes
    Hunter 37.5 Cherubini
    US Bayfield, WI
    Just bashing ahead blindly, as I often navigate...
     


  5. dlochner

    dlochner

    Joined Jan 11, 2014
    3,742 posts, 1,728 likes
    Sabre 362
    113 US Fair Haven, NY
    This is not a good thing to advertise. Did you just bash ahead blindly while maintaining your boat?
     


  6. LakeShark

    LakeShark

    Joined Sep 15, 2016
    420 posts, 168 likes
    Catalina 22
    US Minnesota


  7. Parsons

    Parsons

    Joined Jul 12, 2011
    761 posts, 326 likes
    Catalina 36
    US Bay City, MI
    Just like selling anything else - attract a person looking and negotiate a fair price for both sides. Sailboats, particularly larger and older ones are a dime a dozen. We've had several from this area donated to charities because they just would not sell. Find the market price from others selling here or Yachtworld, then bite the bullet early and mark yours down by 10-20% if you want to move it. Do not price it at what "she is worth to you" as that doesn't matter. Set a date mid-summer to drop the price another 10%. Pictures sell things on the internet, and make them clear and clean. Strip out most of the personal stuff and clean the boat; no one wants to see your old beer or oil bottles laying around the cockpit and saloon. Let absolutely everyone know she is for sale, but cheaply - SBO, friends, internet, yacht club bulletin board, local newspaper (if they still exist), etc. - you never know. Other than on-line, limit your ads to your state or surrounding area. No one is flying in from Boston to look at her.
     


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  8. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    9,220 posts, 4,094 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    @JHoward you report you have 30 years of sailing on multiple boats. And you are in Sales as an occupation.

    It seems to me you might use ways that motivated you to buy or sail those boats. Apply these to your selling skills.
     


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  9. JHoward

    JHoward

    Joined Nov 17, 2012
    86 posts, 4 likes
    Hunter 37.5 Cherubini
    US Bayfield, WI
    Just getting started here. Thanks for the feedback. The maintenance has been excellent, have all the receipts.
     


  10. JHoward

    JHoward

    Joined Nov 17, 2012
    86 posts, 4 likes
    Hunter 37.5 Cherubini
    US Bayfield, WI
    Best one yet, thanks for taking the time.
     


  11. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    9,220 posts, 4,094 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    Congratulations and start chumming the waters of the sales sites.

    Please do not contaminate the forum with advertisements.
     


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  12. stephen john penny

    stephen john penny

    Joined Feb 21, 2013
    25 posts, 9 likes
    Hunter 46
    US Point Richmond, CA
    Wax the hull, polish the stainless, make a list of all the improvements you have done, fix everything then advertise on SBO and/or broker.
     


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  13. Jackdaw

    Jackdaw

    Joined Nov 8, 2010
    10,225 posts, 3,245 likes
    Beneteau First 36.7 & 260
    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI
    Barnacle Bill here on SBO is the best broker in the area. His yard (Hoopers) is 10 minutes from WBL and he pretty much lives in Bayfield. He’ll know what it will take to sell it. Give him a call or drop him a message.

    The owner will NOT want to make that drive every time someone wants to go kick its tires.
     


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  14. markwbird

    markwbird

    Joined Nov 26, 2012
    1,008 posts, 239 likes
    Hunter 34
    US Berkeley
    Price is what sells a boat. Don't ask too much.
     


  15. dlochner

    dlochner

    Joined Jan 11, 2014
    3,742 posts, 1,728 likes
    Sabre 362
    113 US Fair Haven, NY
    There is a fine line between using the forum to sell your boat and asking about how to sell your boat without a broker. Sometimes it is just the way the question is worded that crosses or not crosses the line.

    Also, one of the revenue streams for SBO is income from Classified Ads for boats. Using the free forum instead of a reasonably priced ad on SBO just isn't right.
     


  16. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    9,220 posts, 4,094 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    That is the point.

    I think if I invite you or you ask to join a party and you start by telling me you just joined a MultiLevel Marketing program, I would share with you a glass of wine and say that's nice.

    If you then start to tell me all about the program and how everyone is getting rich and how my contacts would be so cool to have and that I could make gobs of money putting on parties and telling everyone about this cool idea you have just discovered, I would try to stop you nicely and suggest this is just a relaxing party.

    If you persist I would suggest you might find it more fun to take the conversation someplace else.

    If you then started again with all the money to be made, I would show you the gangplank. It would be obvious to me that the subtle approach was not working.

    Would I want to go into all the pros & cons of the subject. No it is a party.
     


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  17. Kermit

    Kermit

    Joined Jul 31, 2010
    5,228 posts, 2,558 likes
    Hunter 260
    US Lake Murray Sailing Club, SC
    Boys, boys, boys. Taking him at his word he is just asking advice. If you really don’t like what he was saying, report him to police bot. However, he’s just asking for advice.

    I think you should clean up your boat real good and put pretty pictures that look like anybody would want to have that boat whether they are willing to pay for it or not. The thing that my wife and I have found that is the biggest turn off is nasty-ass pictures. If you can’t make it look good, don’t try to sell it. So, that is my advice on how to sell a boat.
     


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  18. Meriachee

    Meriachee

    Joined Aug 1, 2011
    3,266 posts, 1,112 likes
    Catalina 270
    CA Wabamun - on the orange ball
    I am speechless. I am shocked that I am speechless. It must be Friday.
     


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  19. Al Schober

    Al Schober

    Joined Feb 11, 2017
    76 posts, 57 likes
    former Tartan 30
    41971 US now in Rockland, ME
    Craigslist worked for me - sold my boat last Spring. Broker had the listing almost 2 years without an offer. Good photos are important, particularly one of the boat under sail (after all, you are selling a sailboat, not a cottage).
     


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  20. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    9,220 posts, 4,094 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    Sold my trailer sail boat in 2 months. Online advertising. Followed Kermit’s plan. Clean up. Listing online. Fair price. Happy buyer.
     


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