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Want to Sell Your Boat? Boat Sales are Increasing

The Wasau Daily Herald reports that sales of recreational vehicles, pools and boats are increasing. This may surprise some, since the economy remains sluggish, but some people are taking a carpe diem approach to recreation. Life is short and there are no guarantees, why not have some fun?

One expert interviewed said that “a rebound in some customers’ 401(k) packages means they are willing to spend money, and sales of aluminum fishing boats, pontoon boats and personal watercraft are especially strong.”

Another person who in the business of selling recreation equipment noted that if gas remains less that $4 a gallon, people will still be likely to buy, while still another said that people prefer to invest in “permanent leisure purchases” rather than one-time vacations.

Other factors affecting boat sales are the unfortunate nature of natural disasters that have disrupted the supply chain and the fact that manufacturers are reluctant to overproduce inventory. If you have been thinking that you want to sell your boat online, this may be a good time to do so. People are looking for boats as way to enjoy the warm weather and they may not be willing to buy a new one or they may not find what they want.


Declutter Before Placing a Classified Boat Ad Online

When you make the decision to sell your boat online, you need to spend some time getting your boat into great shape. While you may not live in your boat (unless it’s a houseboat), you probably do not realize the amount of clutter you have on your boat. You will want to remove everything that is not a part of the sale. Then you can give your boat a very thorough cleaning.

You will want to go through the decluttering and cleaning process before you take a picture of your boat to go with an online classified ad. If you have a great picture of your boat that you already like, you can use this. However, you want to make sure the boat is really clean in this picture. You also want to be sure that there is not thing in the picture that is not for sale because you do not want to confuse a potential buyer in any way. allows you to submit a classified boat at online or by mail. We also offer toll free help via telephone Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5:00 pm (PST). You can choose a very simple ad or ad more photos and opt for your ad to appear bold or in red so it will stand out more.


Finalizing the Sale of Your Boat

We have discussed tips for taking photos for online boat ads as well as tips for writing an online boat ad, so now it is time to think about what happens when your ad is successful.

You do not have to sell your boat to the first person who says they are interested. In fact, depending on your motivation for selling, you may end up communicating with several potential buyers.

Some people are interested in a quick sale because they need to money or leaving the area or for some other reason. Others are really into boating and want to make sure that the boat they are selling will be taken care of and go to someone who also loves boating.

Either way, there are some steps to take before you finalize the sale:

-Make sure you inspect the boat with the buyer. Write down clear descriptions of any damages. (You can also take pictures with a camera that includes dates on images.)
-Go over the list with the buyer and ask the buyer to sign and date the list.
-Write out a receipt and make sure that you keep a copy of the receipt.

Having a signed record of any damage will protect you in the event that the buyer changes their mind and wants to contest the validity of the sale.

Tips for Taking Photos for Online Boat Ads

When you take out an ad to sell your boat online, you want to do all you can to entice potential buyers. The most attractive ads for boats include pictures.

Spend a little time looking at online boat ads to see which ones you find the most appealing and try to use the same ideas when taking photos of your boat.

Take a good number of photos so you will have a wide selection to choose from. Take multiple pictures from different angles.

Try to take a close-up shot that gives a complete view of the hull. Remember that you want people to see the boat and not the scenery.

If possible, photograph your boat on a sunny day. Aim to take pictures early in the morning of late in the afternoon.

Try to take at least a few pictures of the boat while it is moving. This will help a buyer imagine what it will be like to be on the water in your boat.

If for some reason, you cannot take pictures yourself, try to find other photos of a model from the same year. A dealer may have pictures of the same boat in similar condition. Be sure to get permission to use someone else’s photos and indicate in the ad that the boat shown is one that is similar to yours.

Buy a Boat, the Ultimate Holiday Gift

The holidays are coming. Wonder if those big red bows come in boat size? A boat is the ultimate holiday gift and surprisingly affordable when you buy your boat online at Shopping for a boat, whether it’s a luxury yacht or tricked-out fishing boat, is easy too when you shop on While your other half fights the crowds at the mall, you can putter around the Boatline website for happy hours checking out the features of various boats until you find the boat you’ve always dreamed of owning.

Who needs another tie or box of golf balls? Tell your honey you want the ultimate man cave! Where else but on a boat can you and your buds really get away from it all and leave your troubles behind for a few hours? And don’t be shy about buying a boat for yourself. A recent survey by the National Retail Federation found that 25% of Americans plan to buy gifts for themselves this holiday season. After all, it’s the only way to get when you really want.  

Granted, buying a boat will take a bigger bite out of your budget than a new power drill, but boat ownership has advantages for the whole family. Boating is a great way to pry the kids away from the X-box and create some family memories. It’s healthy outdoor fun that brings families together. And if your honey still needs convincing, mention how romantic it will be to cruise into the sunset while sipping champagne!

How to Choose the Right Engine for Your Boat

When you buy a boat, don’t let the need for speed cloud your judgment. A bigger engine doesn’t always make for a better boating experience. Why plunk down a wad of cash on an engine you don’t need and won’t use? Correctly sizing the engine to your boat’s size, weight and intended use will improve handling and fuel efficiency and save you chunk of money!

Bigger, more powerful boat engines require a stronger hull with more stringers and bulkheads to withstand the pounding the boat will take as it strikes the water at high speeds. Durable, high-tech materials like Kevlar and carbon fiber that are used to strengthen high-performance boats also drive up boat costs.

When choosing an engine for your boat, weight and speed are your primary considerations:

  • The weight of your boat is the most crucial consideration. You need an engine powerful enough to move the weight of your boat without strain. An undersized motor can put too much stress on the engine and damage it.
  • Speed is the second most important consideration. Because faster engines are generally heavier and more expensive, give careful consideration to how you plan to use your boat. If you just plan to putter from one fishing spot to the next, an engine capable of moderate speed will suit your needs. However, if you plan to engage in competitive bass fishing, you’ll want the fastest motor your boat can manage and your budget can afford.

Boat Dealers Get Noticed with Boatline Banner Ads

Boat dealerships can ramp up their Internet presence, gain national exposure for their brand and increase customer traffic to their website with Boatline banner ads. Hundreds of thousands of motivated boat buyers visit to check out our classified ad listings. Banner ads are the first thing potential customers notice when they click onto the Boatline website. Savvy boat dealers know that banner advertising is the fastest way to draw attention to their brand and maximize exposure with their target audience — potential boat buyers.

Boatline’s experienced advertising staff can help you craft a banner ad that is certain to drive increased traffic to your dealership website. Our affordable banner ad packages can be customized to fit any marketing budget. If your boat dealership is already taking advantage of Boatline’s generous unlimited free dealership listings, adding a banner ad to your online marketing package will maximize your web exposure and give your boat dealership a significant competitive edge over the competition.

Boatline banner ads are just one element of our comprehensive boat dealership program. A leader in online classified advertising for more than a decade, offer unlimited descriptive text and 12 full color photos on each classified ad. Dealership classified ads are easy to set up and can be easily modified online at no additional cost. Boatline also provides boat dealers with valuable traffic statistics on each listing. If you’re ready to ramp up your online sales, contact Boatline’s skilled marketing team today.