How to sell your Pre-owned Boat


The last sales price of a boat may vary greatly depending on the way the negotiation is managed by both seller and buyer. This is one of the last steps to a offer. This component is similar to a game of ping pong in which the ball is that the dollar value of your ship.

  • The boating marketplace is strong and ships are selling fast.
  • You aren't in a rush to sell.
  • Similar boats are recorded slightly above your asking price.
  • You're contemplating many offers in precisely the exact same moment.


Before beginning any negotiation, it's critical to know your rock bottom cost . It might be the same as the asking price; most likely, though, it is going to be lower. Everybody wants to think they have a fantastic deal, and allowing the buyer talk you down can help finalize the purchase.

Your asking price will impact the number of prospective buyers you boat will bring. For more information about setting the asking price, read our articles on how to price your boat and Boat Costs with NADA Guides. 

Initial Offer

This sets the lowest limit on the eventual sales price; the upper limit is the original asking price. Even if the buyer's first offer seems absurd, be considerate. This is just the start of the match.

Counter Offer

The following step is to counter-offer. You can repeat the asking price, but the purchaser will probably be much more interested if you show any willingness to bargain. If the initial offer was not too low, fulfilling the purchaser halfway is a great gesture of good faith. Otherwise, plan to return at least ten percent.

Other Factors

Besides price, additional details of this sale may be negotiable such as owner funding , when the sale will occur , and the way the ship will be hauled into its new house. As an example, it may be possible to repay in a higher cost if you agree to pay for delivery expenses.

Multiple Offers

If you have several buyers interested but one sounds especially "sexy," negotiate with that purchaser first. And should you choose to negotiate with various buyers at the exact same time, make certain each one knows up front that you will find other offers pending.

Some negotiations go on for months with multiple offers and counter offers; most are over after two or three "rounds." If you are both realistic about the boat's value, it should not be too difficult to agree on a final price and continue on to that deal-sealing handshake.