Turning your dream boat into a profitable investment can be tricky, but it’s not impossible if you follow some tried-and-tested tips to ensure your sailing yacht sells fast and for the price you’re looking for. We’ve put together these pointers on how to sell your sailing yacht that will help you seal the deal with any potential buyer in no time at all.

The boat should shine inside and out

First of all, you need to get rid of all traces of dust and dirt that usually accumulate in a boat unused for long periods. Wash it down with a mixture of water and mild detergent, then rinse it thoroughly. If there are mildew stains, cover them up with baking soda and let them sit for an hour before washing them off. Finally, dry your boat thoroughly before putting any part of it back in storage.


Like most sailing yachts for charter and sale, Sailboats with wooden decks are prone to bilge water. Bilgewater can destroy floorboards or bulkheads. You must regularly check your bilge and pump it out as needed so you prevent damage caused by excess moisture. Ideally, use a bilge alarm that will alert you if your boat starts taking on too much water.


An important step in preparing your sailing yacht for sale is making sure your windows are clean. Buyers pay a lot of attention to windows and whether they’re clear or not, so make sure you have a window cleaning crew ready before buyers come aboard.


If you are selling your sailing yacht, one of your tasks is to take inventory. Go through every drawer and closet and make a note of anything that is not necessary for sailing. This clutter can then be stored in boxes, or donated to charity. You should keep only what you will need onboard for your next voyage—that way you won’t have to worry about figuring out how much space everything takes up in your sailboat’s storage compartments when it comes time to sell it.

Anchor and chain

One of your biggest concerns with selling a yacht is ensuring it won’t simply float away. Anchoring and chaining down your sailboat before putting it up for sale (or for charter) is one precaution you can take to protect yourself and your investment. Also, make sure to keep it clean and tidy


A big risk to any boat owner is water damage, or worse, sinking your boat. Not only will you want to inspect your boat thoroughly before selling it (and once a year while you own it), but also make sure there are no glaring issues that would cause potential buyers not to buy. You’ll want to get your boat dried out and inspected by a marine surveyor before even showing it off.


When looking at a sailing yacht for sale, there are some vital things you need to look at before signing on any dotted lines. You need to make sure that your vessel is in proper shape, that it comes with all of its paperwork, and also, most importantly, that it’s perfect for you and your group of friends or family. It’s crucial that you know everything about what makes your new yacht tick before heading out on adventures with your crew.

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