WOW, good business advice here! Clean it and make it look great, details will be noticed. If a door sticks, fix it, I'd say any busted anything on deck
, fix it. The advice to take it off if it doesn't work is golden as well as getting it surveyed. As to a survey
, I'd suggest you have a bank order the survey for you if you can swing that, as if you're interested in using it as collateral. The reason is that there is more independance with regard to the principal, it being free of any owner influence as being the one who hired the surveyor
. I'd also get bids or prices for things needed and deduct that value.
As a buyer, a newish one for boats of this size, I don't want to see work, I don't mind seeing a bid and the cost of having it done. If you have an independant survey, a market value as is, I'll base my offer on that along with solid bids and consider my time in overseeing any repairs
, haulouts, etc.to put it in at a stated value with repairs
I also want to see some motivation on the part of the seller, wanting to sell to get a larger boat just tells me the seller is probably asking too much to afford the change. I understand loosing interest, wanting to move inland, getting too old or health
issues, what ever the truth may be.
When I buy anything, a property, a car, a boat or a motorcycle, I need to feel like the seller is being truthful. If I get the slightest indication that I'm getting some hard sales pitch
, all pros and no cons, best deal on the market stuff, I'm very leary to the point I'll probably walk away. If I feel like there is a meeting of the minds in good faith, I will likely pay a little more for that confidence.
it right to sell if you want to sell. Asking too much may well mean that you keep it longer, paying morring fees
and keeping up maintenance
into the next "season" when the boat will be even older. Seems it's a buyer's market so I suggest you throw a broad net and consider comprable boats having the same function,that might be a small trawler
for some, a 36' cruiser, in other words, many of us don't know a specific boat and look to functional aspects and "learning" the boat to achieve some dream. If you only rely on knowledgable buyers, like most here, you're really looking at a smaller market, so think about the general public getting involved, you'll likely get a better price