View Full Version : Best time to sell a boat.

11-26-2008, 09:23 AM
Do you feel that many people shop for boats in the winter, or is it best to wait till spring to sell a boat? I don't want to spend a bunch of money on advertising when no one is in the market. What are your opinions?

11-26-2008, 09:26 AM
i would go ahead and try. it should not be too expensive to advertise. craigslist and here on TT are great options!!

whatcha selling??

11-26-2008, 09:30 AM
shamrock will buy anything... haha

i've found that boattrader.com will get you some hits and only inboards.com will get you the most responses as far as boat only ads go... eBay is good (where i found mine) but if i'm looking into a certain me and most of the guys i know dip into onlyinboards.com first usually

11-26-2008, 09:34 AM
not really wake. i am picky unlike u young fellas.

11-26-2008, 10:55 AM
Thanks for the info, anybody know how much ads are on craigslist or boattrader.com. I'm selling a '92 Prosport 205. Nice boat but I found something newer.

11-26-2008, 11:03 AM
Craigslist is free. Boattrader is about $50

11-26-2008, 11:12 AM
I would wait till spring with out a doubt......your not going to get nearly the money you could in spring. The economy is in the tank and so are boat sales

11-26-2008, 11:30 AM
Most people who are selling dump their boats in fall/winter and the buyers get the best deals at that time. Being cooped up all winter makes people twitchy in late winter and early spring (notice the timing of boat shows?) so sellers can ask, and get, more.

11-26-2008, 12:07 PM
i sold my last boat just a couple weeks after the boat show (early spring show). the boat show creates interest gets people looking new and used. sold it using craigslist in a month. my suggestion is to start with craigslist, but be sure to include a link to a page with lots of high quality pictures. people want to see pictures so they don't waste their time (and you don't want to waste yours).

11-26-2008, 12:10 PM
Best time to sell a boat is when you have a buyer.

11-26-2008, 12:10 PM
You can also place an ad for free on OnlyInboards.com and it will allow you one image. Never hurts to post it up.

11-26-2008, 12:36 PM
We've been using onlyinboards for a while now and just pulled all of our boattrader ads because we were happier with onlyinboards!

Craigslist and the MC Marketplace are the other two I'd recommend.

11-26-2008, 10:51 PM
I'd also say late winter or early spring. Around the boat show timeframe is also good.

I started looking periodically starting in January and finally found it about 4 months later. People start getting ancy towards Spring time to get back on the water.

11-26-2008, 11:34 PM
For what it's worth, I found mine on onlyinboards. But I looked for a while before I found exactly what I wanted.

11-26-2008, 11:37 PM
bruce mac and jim gave good advice. NOW would be the worst time. After the first of the year, definately. I bought mine in April. Sell when demand is high. Also pics are good. Ditto video.

11-27-2008, 01:09 AM
I boat shop every single day and even though I can't afford a new one. When ever I have spare time on the internet I am looking for good deals. There are are always people looking, so why not put it on craigslist...its free. If you can sell it in the off season sweet, if not you will have more potential buyers shopping once it gets warmer out. You can't go wrong.

11-27-2008, 09:11 PM
I'd use ski-it-again, it's free and has some good visibility. Use this TMC's market page and be patient. If nothing happens by late winter/early spring, then go out and pay boat trader and it stays listed until its sold! I believe $100 seems like a lot, but in the boat market, its just the cost of doing business.

I've had a dealer help me twice and sell mine, they have the customer base, the facilities, the maintenance guys to help get it ready, they put their dealer's name behind it, they can help with financing and in some cases, extended warranties. The dealer charged 10%, but I felt like it was worth it and would do it again if needed.
Good luck!

11-27-2008, 10:37 PM
Everyone will have ALOT more money to spend after 01/20/09.................I would advertise it after that! :D

11-28-2008, 09:29 AM
Timing is everything and as you're probably aware, things are tough in general.
Good luck selling it, no doubt it'll go fast.

11-28-2008, 01:08 PM
best time to sell your boat ... the two weeks leading up to the 4th of July ... worst ... during a recession in the middle of winter

11-30-2008, 05:55 PM
Everyone will have ALOT more money to spend after 01/20/09.................I would advertise it after that! :D

Iam just a dumb canadian but why more money after 01/20/09

11-30-2008, 06:00 PM
That's Inauguration Day for Obama and supposedly, anyone who makes more than $250K will be taxed more and this will give more to those who don't make that much.

"From each according to his ability, to each according to his need"

Karl Marx

11-30-2008, 06:09 PM
thank you, i hope Obama does a good job for you guy s