Originally Posted by taoist
Would appreciate any advice
from those who have sold boats. I have a Ted Hood
designed 1969 Tartan 37 (Classic series) that I spent 10 yrs, refitting. This is a really nice looking boat with many new parts
and a Westerbeke
35 with only 297 hrs. Decided 2 years ago to downsize and put it on the market with a reputable broker, listed at $24,900. I know that there is a limited market for older boats but I'm surprised and disappointed that it hasn't sold. It can be viewed at www.breweryacht.com/profile/dmckenney
. Reverie Tartan 37.
Any ideas regarding change in game
plan? Lower price
I've never purchased a yacht but I've been shopping
for them for decades. I'm very experienced at being turned off by boats just from what I see on the internet
I found a few cosmetic things about your listing that you could improve right away if you were trying to get me to stay a little longer.
In no particular order:
If you want to sell anything old, you have to go out of your way to make it so that I visualize myself sailing it and living on it. That means put in the extra hours of effort to clear out all your junk (sneakers? really?). You did all that work
to upkeep the boat; you could remove or replace that ratty netting. See, if I'm thinking about the thoroughness of your repairs
that are going to matter, I want to get a sense that you have keen attention to detail...and this listing doesn't convey that.
Which brings me to your choice of pictures. I guess on a 50-year-old vessel, I want to see the condition of the hull
. Otherwise, I just click away to the next listing.
As for your listing: Why, if you are trying to attract attention, do you post a link that sends me to a picture of some guy and other people's boats? I have to search to find yours. Again, if I'm clicking along the internet
, that's two too many steps.
Also, call me a land-lubber WAFI, but how do you steer this thing? I didn't notice a wheel
, but I did notice that the main traveler is really close to the helmsman's position. That's an advantage for shorthanded sailing, but I'd want a few more perspective shots to get an idea how I fit into this cockpit
when I'm sailing.
Ditto with living quarters. I appreciate the shots of the salon
and the galley
, but I have no sense of the layout of the staterooms. You're up against some nicely outfitted and quartered boats; again, you should make an effort to tell me what I'm getting.
I'm always a little bummed out when I read a listing and pieces of information are left out. Bridge clearance, for example. That's an easy fix.
Finally, for a vessel I might want to use for long passages, given its build and size, your boat has remarkably light fuel
Sorry, you asked why, and I'm giving it to you straight.