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Re: question for experienced boat owners
Ash, what you probably need to do is retain a boat broker in San Diego, preferably one who is near the boat or one who can keep the boat at their brokerage. A broker will probably take 10% of the sale, but a good broker will earn that by advertising and showing the boat and doing the grunt work for you, as well as keeping on eye on it to make sure it does sink (these things do happen) while it is waiting.
Some of the forum members are probably local and can recommend someone to you, or your attorney may be able to get some references.
And yes, a boat that is clean and shiny and in good condition shows better and sells for more. It probably pays for you to have someone clean it up, clean it out, spruce it up a bit mainly with soap and water.
A buyer normally pays for their own survey to ascertain the condition of the boat, so unless you suspect some problem there is no need for you to hire one. The survey becomes the property of that prospective buyer, so if they back out because it has found problems, you may be expected to buy a copy--not just be given one.