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We're selling our boat in order to go up in size and have decided to list it ourselves for a few months before placing her with a broker. Does anyone have any recommendations as to which online listing services should be used? Cost is not an issue.
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We're selling our boat in order to go up in size and have decided to list it ourselves for a few months before placing her with a broker. Does anyone have any recommendations as to which online listing services should be used? Cost is not an issue.
Some of them use the same database so that the buyer sees the same listing whether using boattrader.com or any number of other sites. I don't know if you need to pay extra for your listing to appear in multiple sites but I do know it's the same database.

There's always craigslist, too.
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I think Craigslist may be supplanting the traditional 'boat selling' sites. We tried the same avenue some years back and the only responses we got were Nigerian scammers wanting our bank info.

In our area most boats changing hands now outside of brokers is happening on Craigslist.
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Are you going to look for another SO, or different brand......... in which case, we may need to fry/keel haul or equal on the Jeanneau owners site!LOLOL:lau gher

Malcolm has his listing site for free among others to try.

You might also try local rags, I have 48° North - The Sailing Magazine I'm sure Chicago has an equal.

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Sailboatlistings.com and Sailingtexas.com are two free sites I used a couple years ago to sell my last boat. The only emails I recall receiving were from my sailboatlistings.com ad and the first couple to look at my boat, bought it. I tried craigslist too, but didn't get responses. I think a lot of people on craigslist are looking for cheap boats and aren't as willing to pay market value compared to other listings. I listed mine at the high end and my buyers made an offer very close to my price. Comparable boats on craigslist were a $2-4k less ('82 Catalina 25).
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I sold my beach cat on Craigslist. It generated multiple inquiries and the first guy that showed up to look at it took it home with him. Most of the boats that I see on craigslist are smaller boats. With a larger boat I would probably try yachtworld or my favourite sailboatlistings. Craigslist is hard to search except on a city by city basis and a larger boat will probably need more exposure as well a more targeted audience.
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Advertise everywhere. Make sure you have a healthy reserve if on eBay. Craigslist, eBay, local listings, most of the online listings; yachtworld.com, etc.

You'll get bites, but this is a buyers' market these days. Be prepared to take a bath.
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When selling my previous boat, I had the best luck with sailboatlistings.com. Tried craigslist but got nothing - seems mainly for smaller and cheaper boats. And ads on sailboatlistings don't need to be constantly reposted like craigslist.
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