Selling Your Boat without a Broker
The author advertised his PDQ 36 saiboat online for several weeks before finally attracting interest from some serious buyers.

Selling Your Boat without a Broker


I’m not anti-broker. I’ve happily used agents buying and selling boats and houses. They serve a valuable function, bringing buyers and sellers together, managing the viewings for out-of-town and busy owners, and generally helping the transaction go smoothly. They can serve as go between during negotiations, inspections, and formalities. But they also represent a large expense in a transaction, generally 10 percent by default, though this may be negotiated lower (potentially with a reduction in service).

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    Building a Custom Safety Tether

    A safety tether keeps you safely on board, but it also comes with its own risks. Previously, we investigated jackline materials (“Jackline Materials Evaluation,” Practical Sailor, November 2016), testing both common materials and commercial products. When redesigning a...

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  • Belowdecks & Amenities

    The Rain Catcher’s Guide

    An efficient, clean rainwater catchment isn’t just for cruisers venturing into remote areas. While biologically safe, many areas of the U.S. are served by well water that is not chlorinated, high in sulfate that makes it prone to going bad. When stored in the absence of...

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  • Boat Maintenance

    Stopping Deck Hatch Leaks

    When I searched the internet for advice on repairing a small leak between the lens and sealant on a 20-year-old Lewmar Ocean 60 hatch, on my 1996 Valiant 42, I was dismayed by the dearth of information. Even the Lewmar site does not provide a schematic of the hatch or a service...

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