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Yes, you can sell the boat yourself...but you should ask yourself a few questions first.
1) Do you have the time and patience to deal with showing the boat to multiple buyers? Does your schedule give you the flexibility to do so?
2) Do you have to sell the boat quickly, yet want to maximize what you can get for it? A broker can help get your boat in front of more eyes than you probably could alone. He can also tell you what to do, to show the boat off in the best way, to make it appear as appealing as possible.
3) Buyers aren't stupid...if you're not using a broker, they'll want a piece of that 10%... and a broker can often get you a better price than you could yourself.
4) The legalities and red-tape of selling a boat can be enormous. A broker will handle the paperwork, and will be responsible for getting the money to you. A good broker can also weed out the lookie-lookies...who aren't serious or financial able to buy the boat....which you would probably end up wasting your time on.
5) What is your time worth. How many hours would it cost you to pay for what the broker would cost? Can you see selling the boat in less than that time?
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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