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Ideas on selling a sailboat?

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  1. Kermit

    Kermit

    Joined Jul 31, 2010
    5,228 posts, 2,558 likes
    Hunter 260
    US Lake Murray Sailing Club, SC
    And I didn’t charge him for the plan. :-D
     


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  2. Kermit

    Kermit

    Joined Jul 31, 2010
    5,228 posts, 2,558 likes
    Hunter 260
    US Lake Murray Sailing Club, SC
    My wife and co-workers often wish I were speechless more often.
     


  3. Meriachee

    Meriachee

    Joined Aug 1, 2011
    3,269 posts, 1,114 likes
    Catalina 270
    CA Wabamun - on the orange ball
    Much better. The day can resume. :)
     


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  4. Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    Joined Jan 5, 2017
    1,231 posts, 678 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    Ca Lyall Harbour Saturna Island
    That Frog is just full of Zingers!
     


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  5. jon hansen

    jon hansen

    Joined May 25, 2012
    2,093 posts, 1,815 likes
    john alden caravelle 42
    us sturgeon bay, wis
    frogs a noted for a lighting fast tongue
     


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  6. justsomeguy

    justsomeguy

    Joined Feb 20, 2011
    6,931 posts, 1,192 likes
    Island Packet 35
    US Tucson, AZ/San Carlos, MX
    You're not selling a boat, you're selling a dream.
     


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  7. Kermit

    Kermit

    Joined Jul 31, 2010
    5,228 posts, 2,558 likes
    Hunter 260
    US Lake Murray Sailing Club, SC
    Abso-daggum-lutely!
    :beer::beer::beer::beer:
    :beer::beer::beer::beer:
     


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  8. Meriachee

    Meriachee

    Joined Aug 1, 2011
    3,269 posts, 1,114 likes
    Catalina 270
    CA Wabamun - on the orange ball
    Yeah. We’re going to be dreaming the dream for another month or so.
     


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  9. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    9,252 posts, 4,114 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    Is that why he is popular?
     


  10. Warren Milberg

    Warren Milberg

    Joined Dec 1, 1999
    2,366 posts, 105 likes
    Hunter 28.5
    US Chesapeake Bay
    As a part-time broker, my 2 cents is: make sure everything in and on the boat is sparkling clean, make sure everything in or on the boats works, and finally, most importantly, price it right. "Right" means not what you think the boat is worth, but what a buyer would be willing to pay.
     


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  11. JHoward

    JHoward

    Joined Nov 17, 2012
    86 posts, 4 likes
    Hunter 37.5 Cherubini
    US Bayfield, WI
    Hi Warren - You knew me years ago as Capt Grumpy. I've divorced "her" and moved on from Hunter 40.5 to this 1980 37.5 Cherubini. Any idea of fair value? You guy's were great BTW, solved many problems for me. jhhuonder@hotmail.com
     


  12. JHoward

    JHoward

    Joined Nov 17, 2012
    86 posts, 4 likes
    Hunter 37.5 Cherubini
    US Bayfield, WI
    I need a Datamarine S-200DL depth finder head unit. It kept fading until it became unreadable.
     


  13. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    9,252 posts, 4,114 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA


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  14. JHoward

    JHoward

    Joined Nov 17, 2012
    86 posts, 4 likes
    Hunter 37.5 Cherubini
    US Bayfield, WI
    Good to know - I'll look into it and reply.
     


  15. MikeHoncho

    MikeHoncho

    Joined Dec 28, 2015
    325 posts, 134 likes
    Laser, Hunter H30 Standard
    Un Tacoma
    All I can add is know your boat, how the systems work, the specs and what all the switches do. As a first time sailboat buyer I was demotivate by sellers who didn't know their boat.
     


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  16. Kermit

    Kermit

    Joined Jul 31, 2010
    5,228 posts, 2,558 likes
    Hunter 260
    US Lake Murray Sailing Club, SC
    It’s always a major selling point to have horses doing all the work.
     


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  17. Alansails

    Alansails

    Joined Oct 3, 2011
    647 posts, 112 likes
    Anam Cara Catalina 310 Hull #155
    US Lake Erie/Catawba Island
    I used SBO to sell both our previous boats for more than they were valued at BECAUSE we maintained and updated them, they were visually pleaseing and good quality boats (Both Catalinas). When we took photos they were Clean, waxed, cetoled, varnished and bottom jobed. We manuals for both and extras. You have to put EFFORT into selling as much as you would buying. NEVER photo the inside of any boat with beer cans,cleaning products, or lines laying around helter skelter.
    Take a photo and let your wife look at it and ask her if she would buy it!
     


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  18. Parsons

    Parsons

    Joined Jul 12, 2011
    761 posts, 326 likes
    Catalina 36
    US Bay City, MI
    I spent five minutes on our local Craigslist, and found two examples - one for and one against:
    C&C 33 asking $8K - looks like a project; ladders and tools visible; telling prospective buyers they are paying for many weekends of work: https://saginaw.craigslist.org/boa/d/port-huron-cc-33/6847773480.html They even say there is much more work to be done in the ad - you don't get extra points for brutal honesty.

    Catalina 25 asking $10K - looks sail-away ready; pictures show latest work (no need to look through receipts); everything clearly labeled, calling attention to details that non-sailors would miss: https://saginaw.craigslist.org/boa/d/grand-river-25-sailboat/6848668643.html

    I agree with @Alansails , have a non-sailor look at your ad and see if they can figure it out. BTW: after you've landed your fish, please send us the results!
     


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  19. MikeHoncho

    MikeHoncho

    Joined Dec 28, 2015
    325 posts, 134 likes
    Laser, Hunter H30 Standard
    Un Tacoma
    Small phone, big fingers. ... you didn't have horses on your first sailboat?
     


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