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I used a broker when selling my last sailboat, simply because they could show the boat 7 days a week and it would take me a two hour round trip to get to the boat to meet a prospect. The broker is a sailing marina with a reputable boat yard, so I knew they'd be fully capable to answer questions about condition and maintenance and repair costs.
However I took my own pictures and posted ads on craigslist and Sailing Texas, and ended selling the boat myself. So I could have saved 10% this time but in general I think the use of the broker will pay off. Also they handle the bill of sale, notary, titling, and can arrange for transport or whatever else is needed to complete the transaction. They made it clear up front that they would not broker the boat unless I had the necessary docs to transfer title - apparently that's quite a common problem. So the use of a broker can be a benefit to purchasers as well as sellers.