What you need to know when selling your old boat


If you have an old boat in your garage or yard, you are probably wondering what on earth to do with it, especially if you don’t use it or it belonged to a deceased family member, and you really don’t have the first idea how to use it. 

Alternatively, it might just be an old hobby of yours that you’ve lost interest in, and it’s now just taking up space. Either way, if it is still in decent condition, you should probably think about selling it instead of sending it to the scrap yard. In fact, there is probably someone out there who would love your boat and is just waiting for it to come onto the market. For that reason, there are some things you know about selling your old boat. 

You should know how to safely get your boat to its new owner

You should know how you are going to get it to your buyer without too much hassle on either end, especially if you are on the other side of the country to them. A good place to start off your search for the best shipping option might be to check out expert boat transport services, which can be found in the better freight shipping directories. 

This will typically have several options for you and can be a good place to see what is on offer to you and find the best way to free up space and get your old boat to its new owner, even if that happens to be on the other side of the country. 

You should make sure that you have all of the paperwork in order

By doing this, you can make sure that your boat’s new owners know the history of what they are buying. After all, it might well have been your pride and joy, but the new owners are going to want the ‘full story’. So, whether it is registration documents, details of repairs and other work done, or anything like that, you should make sure that you have it to hand to give to your customer. This can be something that you might find to be very useful to sort out earlier in the selling process rather than later. 

You should make sure that you advertise your boat

Whether it is on social media, locally, or word of mouth through friends, you should make sure that you advertise your boat. Putting it out by the roadside is also a good idea, as long as you live on a safe bit of road that doesn’t often have any traffic incidents and isn’t a danger to drivers on the road in bad weather conditions. You need to make sure that you advertise truthfully and responsibly to get the best sale and customer feedback.

You should make sure that you are selling it for a realistic price

Having a good idea of the right price for your boat is something that you should definitely look into. Whether it is having your boat actually valued by a professional, or you are spending a lot of time researching the kind of boat that you have, you should be coming up with a price that, although, might be a lot less than what you are wanting, is honest and accurate for what you are selling.

Heather Jones
Heather Jones
Heather Jones is the Social Good reporter at Businessner, covering online stories about digital activism, climate justice, accessibility, and more. Outside Businessner, Heather is an avid film watcher, bread maker, concert goer, and California enthusiast. You can catch her writing from the comfort of her southern porch with a cup of Earl Grey tea.