Getting Your Boat Ready For Sale

Getting your boat ready for sale.

If you are thinking or about to list your boat with us, then there are several things you should do to ensure you get the best price and for the best chance of an early sale.

Make sure the boat is clean and decluttered! Obvious, but you would be surprised how many boats we list that require a good clean and declutter but don’t get it. Be honest with yourself and have a good look around your boat, the photos below show the difference a good declutter makes!



To ensure your boat makes a good first impression its worth having the gelcoat polished and waxed, if you can’t, it is worth paying a professional to do this. Make sure the stainless steel has been polished, the deck scrubbed and any rust stains cleaned off. Lift hatches and clean under them and make sure any drains are cleaned.


Empty the fridge and make sure all the cupboards and lockers have been cleaned. Declutter the whole boat, don’t just stuff the clutter in to the lockers and cupboards! It is essential that the heads are clean and smell nice. If you have any fishing rods on board it is a good idea to take them home. Finally clean the interior and windows.

Anyone looking at your boat will be happy to hear that the engine has been recently serviced, the hull antifouled and that everything works. If your boat requires maintenance, then we would recommend this is done. If you have any service history then leave it on the boat so it can be shown to any prospective purchaser.


Finally, be realistic with your price, it is easy for potential purchasers to research the net and find out how much similar boats are being sold for. Remember to deduct the VAT from the price of boats in the UK as any boat brought new in the Channel Islands will be subject to VAT if sold to the UK or Europe.