How to Sell Your Boat

What are the critical factors to consider?


For many sailors, selling their boats is an emotional experience. The big decision is setting the price. Setting your price, or the acceptable net monetary amount the sale will provide you, is very important if you want this to be a positive experience. However, getting the full asking price is rare, if not unheard of. You’ll need to make compromises, and you’ll undoubtedly feel a pinch.

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Clifford Burgess
Clifford Burgess’s interest in the ocean, boats and in particular sailboats started in his late teens. He served four years as crew aboard a 40-ft. fishing vessel in the waters off Nova Scotia, which ignited his passion for being on the ocean. His introduction to sailing began with windsurfing, followed by a Hunter 30T, which he owned for 14 years. His current sailboat is a 28-ft. catamaran, which he sailed from Nova Scotia to Florida in the 2023 season. Clifford’s DIY approach is applied to his sailboat maintenance and he has extensively upgraded his vessels for cruising.