Where to Sell Your Boat

Before a boater can look forward to the second-best day of his or her life—the day they sell their boat—he or she must find a place list it for sale. The good news is that the best places to sell your boat are the best places to find your next boat, so in a sense you can relive the best days of your life over and over and over again. To sell your boat, you only need one buyer, but if you are like most sellers, you’ll need an online advertisement with local, national, or even international reach.

We’ve put together a list of the best places to sell your boat. The efficacy of these sites will depend on the kind of boat you are selling. For example, Craigslist is not the place to list a yacht, though you can try.

Top websites for online boat sales

You can sell your boat right here on Boat Trader!

Boat Trader

Long before the Internet was even a thing, Boat Trader had been the go-to place to sell a boat. Boat Trader reaches more than 6 million unique visitors per month, with powerful search tools for buyers, which, ultimately, benefit sellers. Listings start at $59.

Visit boats.com.

boats.com

boats.com features some 200,000 global listings—the biggest collection of boats online —plus thousands of boat reviews, how-to stories on maintenance, watersports, engine tech and entertainment, all of which attract buyers. Listings start at just $30.

Visit YachtWorld.

YachtWorld

On YachtWorld, nearly 3,000 international brokerages list more than 100,000 boats. Yachtworld provides a platform where you can sell your yacht thorough a broker, which makes it the premier site for buyers. Listings require that you list and sell your boat through a yacht broker.

The next group of web outlets for selling your boat are the second tier, the B team. Call them the also-rans. These sites might work for you because they have enough users to make it worthwhile, but they’re not specifically oriented toward selling boats.

Other Options

Craigslist is notorious for attracting freaks and ne’er do wells, so advertise your boat here with a healthy dose of cynicism. The larger your boat, the lower your odds of selling it here. Craigslist is no place for high rollers looking for a nice big Sea Ray. A 20-year-old runabout or a knackered Hobie cat is another matter. Those could find a buyer on Craigslist.

Nextdoor.com is a good place to post an ad for a lost cat or some old furniture you’d like to get rid of, so it might work for selling a boat. Now, Nextdoor is reeaallly local to where you live, so it doesn’t cast a wide net. But one never knows if your neighbor is looking for a boat.

That brings us to Facebook Marketplace, and I wouldn’t even recommend it if it weren’t free, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg didn’t collect a dime off your selling price. On Facebook Marketplace, you can find all kinds of things. It does have a search function, so a buyer could find a “boat” but that’s about as deep as it goes. Buyers cannot search by length or brand or by use.

A good old “For Sale” sign should accompany all of the above. Your boat is often in the presence of other boaters, whether it’s in the water, on the trailer or in storage. Boaters are in all of those places, and there’s no telling which of them might like to own a boat just like yours.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in March 2018 and updated in March 2019.

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