Originally Posted by HeartsContent
The seller signed an agreement with a broker for a period of time. No matter who sells the boat, the broker gets paid - yah, that's sort of crazy.
sailboatlistings.com will yield better results than a broker and is free (well I'd buy an add to get on the top).
Lose the broker and you will sell your boat much quicker.
As Skipmac mentioned there are different types of agreements. Brokers are not inclined to hump getting a boat sold only to have the owner "sell it out from under them," so it's not unusual to have to pay the commission fee regardless.
Your last two statements are dangerous generalizations bordering on falsehoods. Yes, it might be true in some circumstances, say when selling a smaller (<26') boat at a lower price
in a dense boating
area, but over 30' and with a boat in good shape you're doing yourself a disservice, IMHO.