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Selling a Boat

I am contacting you with the hope of getting an idea of how long any given boat may be registered with BoatSearch, and to get an idea of how long it takes most boats to sell. Can you give me an aproximate or average selling time for a sailboat in the 25-foot range that was built between 1975 and '80?

Jon Shattuck responds:
Some boats sell in less than a week, and some sit on the market for years. I'd say the average is six months, depending on a boatload of variables.

A 25-footer of that vintage is a tougher sale, and smaller boats tend to sell best in the spring selling season, while larger boats tend to sell well year-round. That said, you have to have your boat on the market in order for it to sell. I usually advise putting a boat on the market three to six months before you are really ready to let it go, as the selling process demands time and patience.

Preparing a boat for sale is the first step, researching the market is the second, and creating a complete equipment list is the third.  (See the Seller Tips section in BoatSearch for help with the first two steps, and you will accomplish the third when you list your boat for sale in BoatSearch.)

There are three listing fee options in BoatSearch; $9.95 for one month, $1/foot of boat length for three months ($20 minimum), or $49.95 until the boat sells (no time limit).

Happy selling!

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