For taking home the best resale value present the boat to the potential buyer in the best possible shape. A bit of extra work would ensure a good value for your boat.
Boats, like vehicles depreciate with time. So if you have decided to sell your vessel, bring the buyer to view it when it is in the best possible condition. Proper homework before presenting the boat would increase its resale value. It could cost you a few bucks refurbishing the boat but the investment would be worth it. Those bucks would return to you with many extra ones when you resell.
Know Your Boat
Before you try to sell your boat, it is imperative to know it well yourself. Prepare a list which must comprise all important specifications of your boat, including the year, model, make, power, engine capacity, equipment and other information. Make the list as large as possible so that nothing is left unanswered. The exercise makes your task quite easy later on. When a prospective buyer asks such details about a boat, you just have to hand over the list to him.
Condition of Boat
It is important to keep the yacht in good condition. Well-kept boats always command higher prices. A newer boat in poor condition will bring less than an older one in good condition. When speaking of condition, I comprise cosmetic as well as structural issues involving tanks, rudder posts, blisters, etc. If the boat is properly upgraded and maintained, it is more likely to pay more to the owner.
Clean your boat thoroughly before bringing your potential buyers to view it. Begin by removing all dust and grit from every surface of the boat. You can use brooms and brushes for cleaning the dust. Use a home-made solution of soap and water to clean the deck and sides. After applying the solution, wait a while before you start to scrub. Giving the cleaning product a bit of time to set in and start working before you begin scrubbing will produce better results. Hard dirt and grime begin to dissolve after a few minutes of applying the cleaning solution, so get your rubber gloves on to keep on the cleaning job.
Before you begin cleaning the vessel, ensure that you have the proper equipment including brushes, adaptors, rags and towels. If you find yourself short of time or will to clean your own vessel, hire professional cleaners for the task.
Imparting New Look
Implementing a few tips while cleaning your boat will ensure that you impart it a totally new looks and increase the resale value.
* For cleaning the canvas, use a mixture of hydrogen peroxide with laundry detergent. Apply the mixture to the canvas, wait for 30 minutes and then brush off. If necessary, repeat the process.
* Avoid using bleach as it is harmful for the environment and the canvas on your boat.
* To clean the windows, mix a cup of white vinegar with a quart of water. Scrub all windows with the solution. See the result yourself.
* For cleaning vinyl tile and linoleum floors, use the mixture of a cup of white vinegar and one cup of baking soda with a gallon of warm water. Scuff marks can be done away with by applying toothpaste and scrubbing with a bristled brush.
* Clean chrome with apple cider vinegar. Polished chrome will make your boat shine.
* Instead of using chemical cleaners on the wood in your boat, polish it with almond, walnut or olive oil.
Some investment prior to selling of the vessel would help you increase your used boat values. Though it might cost a few dollars, the investment is totally worthwhile.