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Getting Your Boat Ready To Sell

CHOOSING THE RIGHT BROKER FOR THE JOB

Selling your boat starts with choosing the right broker for the job!  Selling your boat takes a well-coordinated sales effort, best performed by an experienced broker with a proven track record of success.  A seasoned, professional yacht broker will have an existing book of potential clients and an established reputation within the yacht brokerage community – making co-brokerage sales uncomplicated.  A dealer often is not the best choice because most of their efforts are focused on new boat sales and they haven’t gone through the complicated testing and on-going training an accredited CPYB (Certified Professional Yacht Broker) has.  A CPYB broker is required to maintain his certification in order to keep up with market trends and guidelines.  Most Brewer brokers have earned their CPYB accreditation and all are members of YBAA (Yacht Brokers Association of America).

CURB APPEAL

It’s long been said that first impressions are everything and dock appeal is very important.  If it’s clean, bright, and smells and looks good, then you’ve got a good chance of making a sale.  If it smells like septic hoses and there are signs of rust in the engine and mildew – clean it.  It’s also helpful to touch-up bright work or paint.

CLEAN UP

Remove mold and mildew from compartments, bilges and upholstery.  A dirty boat is a sign of neglect.  Wipe away any excess grease or soot.  Remove personal belongings and keep it uncluttered.  Sails, life-jackets, fishing poles should be stowed away neatly.  A potential buyer will open cabinets wanting to see a clean and organized space.

PRE-SURVEY

We often advise that you have a survey completed by an accredited marine surveyor: this can be a worthwhile sales tool and adds value to your boat because we will make the survey available to potential buyers who make an offer on the boat; it will also put you “ahead of” most of the boats on the market. It will also give you the opportunity to correct any deficiencies.  Please, disclose to the broker any major damage that occurred to the boat in the past and the repairs completed.

RECORDS

If you have any maintenance records or documentation of major work done, provide these documents to the broker. Make sure you have all ownership papers in order and give copies to the broker, as well as copies of work performed by the marina.  If there is a loan provide the name of the bank and an approximate payoff.

CONTACT US

For more information or to get started please call 860-399-6213 or email breweryacht@byy.com.

Client Testimonials

  • Dear Fred, Both Carrie and I wanted to express our sincere thanks for all your help in making the total process of purchasing a boat,  a very good experience. We both realize that any closing could be painful, however with your help the total experience was quite pleasant. During the process starting from the first day we met you at the office in Westbrook until the day of closing, everything progressed very well with your help. A...

    Greg & Carrie Wind

  • Dear Fred Brown, I wish to take this moment to express my appreciation in the professional manner in which you handled the sale of our 30' Portsmouth "Four Belles". Right from the beginning I knew that with your photo presentation and sales tips you would hasten the stress of the waiting to sell time. This was followed by your boat visits and phone messages that maintained our communication and confidence in finding a buyer. ...

    Frank & Sandy Testa

  • My boat buying experience with Brewer Yacht Sales and specifically Mark Andrews was terrific right from the start.  I attended the Spring Brewer Yacht brokerage show in Westbrook, CT.  A nice intimate boat show at Pilots Point Marina, A great marina, Professional manager and great staff by the way… Mark answered all of my questions about the boat and just as importantly knew when to give me a little space to just get to kn...

    Rick Slack


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