I totally agree as many others do. I've thought man if I became a boat broker
I could kick ASS at it compared to the competition! I actually know what a majority of parts
on sail and power boats are called and how to properly spell them. I could be honest about the state of condition of a vessel. I could also probably sell it three times quicker by telling the seller what I honestly think the boat would sell for and maybe list it for only 10-15% higher. In my experience many of the boats I looked at (albeit they are at the bottom end of the market) are listed for over 50% more than they will sell for. This has held true as I've bought many boats and helped friends do the same. So I could tell the seller, I can have it sold in a year listed at X price, or we can list at what the other guys want to list it for Y and you can pay storage
and upkeep for the 5 years its going to take to have someone come along and offer x price anyways.
My twist is that when looking to purchase
is that I'll go through the broker. If they are just about useless as with my last boat purchase
(they didn't want to take my offer to the seller) I got the name off the boats cradle
. Then I google
searched the area for the name along with marinas
, the boats name, ect. I found their contact info and gave them a call directly. I built some trust with the seller, explained why I was calling and was completely honest with her in my assessment of the boat. She just so happened to totally agree with me, she knew everything that was wrong with the boat and more. She laughed when I told her what the brokers listing said of the boat, "Well maintained, in great shape, ready to cruise
..." I told her I wasn't trying to offend her by making my ridiculously low offer, she told me to make it anyways and was more than happy with it. It was less than half her asking price. We of course are still running the sale through the broker despite his lack of enthusiasm for his job.
So if the broker isn't doing his job go around him. Look for the owners name when on board on registration
papers ect. Get in contact with the owner and cut out the middle man. Many times I find this works better.