Guide To Selling

Sell with The Boat Brokers for a fair price

Selling a narrowboat can be an exciting and rewarding experience. Whether you’re upgrading to a new boat or moving on from the narrowboat lifestyle, it’s essential to approach the selling process with careful planning and preparation. Our guide aims to provide you with a step-by-step overview of the key considerations and actions required to successfully sell your narrowboat.

Step 1: Determine the Market Value

1. Research the market: We’ll start by researching the current market trends and prices for narrowboats similar to yours. We consider factors such as age, condition, size, equipment, and location.

2. Get a professional appraisal: Your Boat Brokers broker is a professional and will assess your boat’s value. Their expertise will help you set a realistic asking price.

Step 2: Prepare Your Narrowboat for Sale

1. Deep cleaning and decluttering: Thoroughly clean both the interior and exterior of your narrowboat, paying attention to details like carpets, upholstery, and windows. Declutter personal belongings to make the boat more appealing to potential buyers.

2. Make necessary repairs: Attend to any maintenance issues, such as leaky windows, malfunctioning systems, or engine problems. It’s our experience a well-maintained boat is more likely to attract buyers.

3. Enhance the presentation: Consider minor cosmetic improvements like repainting, varnishing, or updating soft furnishings. We think these simple enhancements can make a significant difference in attracting buyers.

Step 3: Gather Documentation

1. Ownership documents: Ensure you have all the necessary ownership and registration documents, including proof of purchase, boat safety certificates, and any relevant licenses.

2. Maintenance records: Compile a file of maintenance and repair records, service history, and invoices. This documentation showcases your boat’s upkeep and gives buyers confidence in its condition.

Step 4: Create an Attractive Listing

1. High-quality photographs: We take clear, well-lit photos that highlight the boat’s best features including interior and exterior shots from different angles.

2. Write a compelling description: We’ll craft a detailed and engaging description of your narrowboat, highlighting its unique features, upgrades, and any additional equipment that comes with it. It’s best to be honest and transparent about its condition.

Step 5: Advertise and Promote

1. Online listings: We utilise popular narrowboat listing websites and online marketplaces to reach a wide audience. Include your high-quality photos and compelling description in the listing.

2. Social media and boating forums: We’ll share your listing on social media platforms and relevant boating forums to attract potential buyers within the narrowboat community.

3. Local publications and marinas: We’ll consider placing ads in local boating magazines and distributing flyers in marinas or other boating-related locations.

Step 6: Responding to enquiries & Showcasing the Boat

1. Prompt communication: We respond promptly to enquiries and are available to answer questions or schedule viewings.

2. Organize viewings: We’ll schedule appointments for potential buyers to see the boat in
person. You just need to prepare the boat to be clean, tidy, and ready for inspection.

Be knowledgeable and friendly: When showcasing the boat, we’re prepared to answer questions about its specifications, maintenance, and any unique features and offer a warm and friendly experience to potential buyers.

Step 7: Negotiating and Closing the Sale

1. Price negotiations: Our advice is to be open to negotiation while keeping in mind the boat’s market value and your desired selling price.

2. Prepare a sales contract: We draft a clear and detailed sales contract that outlines the terms and conditions of the sale. It will include the agreed-upon price, any included equipment, and the expected date of transfer.

3. Finalize the sale: Once the buyer accepts the offer, leave it to us to complete the necessary paperwork and transfer ownership.

FAQ’s About Selling A Boat

Get answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about selling a boat.

Remember, these answers are provided as general guidance, and it’s important to consult relevant professionals to ensure compliance and a smooth selling process for your boat.

How do I determine the value of my boat?

The value of your boat can be determined by considering factors such as its make, model, age, condition, and market demand. We research online boat listings, consult with boat brokers, or use valuation tools available in boat sales.

Should I sell my boat privately or through a broker?

It depends on your preferences and expertise. Selling privately may save you on brokerage fees, but it requires more effort in terms of advertising, negotiating, and handling paperwork. Buyers much prefer for a broker to handle the entire sales process, providing convenience and industry knowledge, but we do charge a commission.

What documents and paperwork do I need to sell my boat?

Common documents include the boat’s title, registration, maintenance records, and any warranties. Additionally, we prepare a bill of sale, transfer of ownership forms, and relevant documentation for any financed boat.

How do you advertise my boat for sale effectively?

Effective advertising involves creating a compelling listing with detailed descriptions, high-quality photos, and accurate specifications. We utilise online platforms, social media, boating forums, and local classifieds to reach potential buyers. We even now use videos and 3D virtual tours to showcase your boat.

What are the best websites or platforms to list my boat for sale?

Popular websites for listing boats include Apollo Duck, Boat Trader, YachtWorld and local classifieds. Utilise platforms that have a strong presence in the boating community and reach a wide audience.

How do I prepare my boat for sale?

Ensure your boat is clean, tidy, and in good working condition. Address any necessary repairs or maintenance tasks. Remove personal belongings, organise storage spaces, and present the boat in its best possible condition to attract buyers.

What should be included in the boat’s description and listing?

We provide accurate information about the boat’s make, year, length, engine details, features, and condition. We also include any notable upgrades, recent maintenance or repairs, and mention whether additional equipment are included.

How do you negotiate the selling price with potential buyers?

We let you know to be open to reasonable offers and prepare to negotiate. Set a realistic asking price considering the market value and the boat’s condition. Consider potential buyers’ offers carefully and be willing to compromise to facilitate a fair deal.

Should I offer a warranty or guarantee when selling my boat?

While you offering a warranty is not mandatory, it can provide peace of mind to potential buyers and increase the likelihood of a successful sale. If your boat is in excellent condition, you might consider this as an option.

What are the payment options when selling a boat?

The usual way nowadays is bank transfers. Buyers’ money goes into our client account. Once we are ready to complete, we pay the proceeds to you by bank transfer.

How do you handle the transfer of ownership and title?

We are members of the British Marine Federation and follow the guidelines set by them. We produce a Bill of Sale for you to sign to transfer ownership to the new owner.

What are the legal obligations and liabilities when selling a boat?

As a seller, you have an obligation to disclose any known defects or issues with the boat. That way we avoid any potential legal disputes.

What do you do if my boat doesn’t sell?

If your boat doesn’t sell within a reasonable period, we can reassess the pricing, improve the listing’s quality and expand our advertising reach. Alternatively, you can withdraw the boat from us to sell it yourself or give to another broker.

Do I need a survey or appraisal before selling my boat?

While not mandatory, obtaining a survey or appraisal can provide an objective assessment of your boat’s condition and value. It can offer confidence to potential buyers and facilitate negotiations. Consider the cost-benefit based on the boat’s age, value, and complexity.