Originally Posted by sailagape
Better have some money
in the bank or a night job to pay the bills if you're going into boat sales. Most of these are commission based and the sales cycle is usually pretty long. I used to be a yacht broker and it took me a year to make enough money
to pay for gas to get to work. I had customers that I worked with for 1-2 years before they finally bought a boat. That's not even counting the dozens that never bought.
However, considering the poor experience reported by many with yacht brokers these days (including me) someone on the ball, responsive to the customer and honest shoud be able to do well. My last boat purchase
I called a few brokers. Most never even returned my call. One I called about a specific listing I learned that the boat really wasn't what I wanted so gave him a complete description of what I wanted: sloop
rig, 36-44', center cockpit/aft cabin
, etc. He sent me listings for aft cockpit
ketches. Obviously I didn't buy from him.
So if you can actually listen to the customer, follow up, do what you promise then you could do well. Just plan on being self supporting for many months until the commissions come in.