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Part 5 - - - Ultimate Turn-ons and Turn-offs When Looking At A Boat

Old 04-14-2009, 03:12 PM
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Default Part 5 - - - Ultimate Turn-ons and Turn-offs When Looking At A Boat

Greg aka mymojo asked for my personal list of turn-ons and turn-offs when I look at a boat or looking on the internet for a boat.

My turn-offs are . . . but it is not in order of “disgust”:
- the broker shows up without the keys or the wrong keys (happens about 20% of the time)
- the owner thinks his boat is worth 20% than the others like his that are for sale
- 7 year old electronics are not upgraded electronics
- the boat is an absolute mess . . . hire a “maid” and clean it up the 4 layers of grease on the counter (too often)
- the pics are of a “sister ship” that looks 10 times better than the boat being sold (too often) or the pics were taken 5 years ago when the boat looked great
- the broker knows little to nothing about the boat he is showing (25 to 50%)
- broker takes the pictures . . . minimal effort . . . does not keep my attention (??%)
- the bottom has 6 months of growth on it and seller unwilling to clean the bottom . . . told me I could clean it
- broker does not return my calls (25 to 50%)
- the fridge stinks and food is a grade 8 science project (3 times)
- a pair of skivvies in the head with long brown streak (twice)
- the bilge is filthy
- the seller talks down to you

Turn-ons . . . you need to get my attention

- shine up the boat so that it is clean . . . I don’t need a mirror finish but I need clean
- show me that you took care of the boat . . . don’t have rust anywhere . . . wire brush and paint
- be honest and tell me the truth . . . I am not dumb . . . if I see that you are hiding things than I will assume the worst
- be proud of your boat but don’t exaggerate . . . tell me the strengths and show them
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Great list that should turn in to advice for anyone selling their boat, or anything else for that matter.
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Well, I'm turned on!!

In all seriousness, I think that is a great list. I was lucky in the brokers I chose at Niemic yacht sales in New Bedford, but I have met a lot of yahoos out there... Good Luck Auggie!
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Well put, Auguste. You are always well spoken, but this thread hits it on the head. I was floored when looking at boats years back that were asking market prices and you had to picture the boat in showing condition in order to see past all the dirt, clutter, damage on a boat that is priced as if it is the top specimen in its class. Your comment about electronics is spot on as well- Ever go on a $300k boat with a 5 year old gimbled $150 Humminbird FF on it? It is better to have it off the boat, have a clean dash as a blank canvas for the new owner's goodies and offer it free in a box at the time of sale. It is like a pair of cheap plastic hubcaps on a $50k car. Rust on motors- terrible showing. How expensive is a wire brush and a can of Tempo paint? I can understand owners not having the money to spend on the boat, hence having to sell it, but soap, water and paint and buffing is easy to pull off. Stripped Phillips head screws are another thing I saw a lot of...
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rust stains (as you mentioned)
rusted filters
electrical or duct tape repairs
leaves, twigs, etc. in the cockpit
grimy cushions
slimy lines
gunked up hoses & bilges


Ironically, it's the easiest stuff for the seller to take care, that can make the world of a difference. I don't think used boat buyers are looking for "like new" as much as they aren't looking for a dumpster.
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People buy with there eyes, and you only get one chance to make a first impression I would never show my boat dirty or in disrepair. It always amazed me the junk we saw some boats I have looked at I would not even consider putting in the water
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Default True stories of shopping for a used boat

A few years back I was looking for a used boat. I called a person who had the boat I was looking for listed for sale as "mint condition". When I arrived at his place to look at the boat I found the owner standing in the boat on the trailer. The boat was parked under a pine tree and the owner was shoveling the pine needles out of the boat with a snow shovel. It was obvious that he had left the boat under the tree all winter with no cover. And we had almost 100 inches of snow that winter. His only comment was that the black stains on the white upholstery from the tree sap would clean up no problem.
During the same search for a boat I also was offered several used boats where the asking price was more than what I could buy the same boat new for. When I told the owners that I could could buy a new version of their boat for less than what they were asking for their used boat they all had the same reply - "But it's in real good shape"
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People are morons, thats all there is to it
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No keys,
No gas,
Lift hasn't worked in 2 years.
Oh the port engine always makes that clacking noise. "it's normal"
Dirty boats don't sell. It turns off buyers and puts the surveyors in a bad mood. The last thing you want as a seller is the surveyors first impression is one of diligent neglect.

Oh! and clear out the naughty drawer in the master state room. Please!


Can you install the full suite of camper canvass in July, take pictures and give a discount on the survey fee?
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My favorite is getting on board for sea trial and the batteries are dead.
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Bad smells. Something is leaking and rotting someplace. If an owner won't even invest in Air Wick, it says something about the care the boat has received. If I smell perfumed air freshener, I am suspicious.
Little obvious things broken. For everyone you find there are ten hiding and waiting to bite you when you are 50 miles offshore in high seas
Duct tape. If I see it on the boat, I walk.
No service records. I assume the owner and his brother in law have torn into the after coolers with vice grips.
Multiple brokers for the same boat. I assume that each one will slit the others' throats and no broker will take the time and effort to properly sell the boat.
Hull gardens. If I look below the water line and see green, I know the boat is a project.

Hull shine. If the boat has been properly waxed. I look further.
Brite Boy. Green and rust are turnoffs. If everything shines. I think the owner cares.
Engine room. No oil leaks, Shiny bilge, No rust stains dripping down the engne. No rust. If the generator is rusty I know there is salt water dripping on it.
Low battery water. If I open the battery and see lead plates, I know the owner doesn't care..
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Did I miss part 4?
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Originally Posted by MIfirst View Post
Did I miss part 4?
Here you go

http://www.thehulltruth.com/boating-...at-market.html



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Many thanks Gus - I've printed out the list and while I think I have all the bases covered I'll 2x tonight after work. You've been a big help!
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Originally Posted by mymojo View Post
Many thanks Gus - I've printed out the list and while I think I have all the bases covered I'll 2x tonight after work. You've been a big help!
Greg
Well, with everyones contributions you have a good starting point

Good luck in selling your boat
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