Sell Your Boat

To proceed with a listing, simply contact us by email! WE WANT TO SELL YOUR BOAT!

Our Service

Selling a boat doesn’t have to be a hassle! Our internet yacht brokerage service offers:

  • No Sale, No Fee!
  • No sole agency agreement!
  • One competitive commission rate of 5% (no VAT applicable, minimum fee £400)
  • Comprehensive boat listing including photos, surveys, etc. on line 24/7/365
  • We handle all enquiries, negotiations, sale documentation (including MCA Bill of Sale) and purchase monies
  • Please note: All boats are offered for sale and sold from the Vendor’s own mooring or hard standing and all viewings will be conducted by the Vendor unless explicitly agreed with us in advance
  • And finally – the big advantage of using an internet yacht broker – keep sailing and enjoying your boat whilst she’s offered for sale!

Yacht Brokerage Terms (the small print)

By the inclusion of the Vessel on the Topsail Marine Yacht Brokers website (excluding classified adverts) the Vendor is deemed to have accepted the following terms:

  • The Vendor declares that to the best of his/her knowledge and belief the particulars given to the Broker and signed or supplied by the Vendor are correct and that he/she has power to dispose of the Vessel with the concurrence of any joint owner or mortgagee or hire purchase company and all known defects have been declared and that he/she understands the implications of the Misrepresentation Act of 1976 (as amended) and agrees to indemnify the Broker against all costs, claims and demands arising in consequence of any of the information given in the particulars being incorrect.
  • The Vessel will be sold free of all debts and encumbrances.
  • If the Vessel is advertised elsewhere the inventory and price asked by all parties will be the same.
  • The Vessel will be insured by the Vendor until a sale has completed and such insurance must cover all viewing and sale arrangements including slipping for survey, engine trials and sea/river trials.
  • The Vendor agrees to pay Topsail commission calculated on the sale price of the Vessel at a rate of 5% (no VAT applicable, minimum fee £400) if a sale results from an introduction made by them. Any additional commission charges made by any third party (e.g.: the berth owner) are solely the responsibility of the Vendor and will not be paid by Topsail.
  • This agreement shall be construed according to and governed by the law of England and the parties hereby submit to the jurisdiction of the courts of England.

Q. What can you (the Vendor) do to help sell your boat?
A. It’s all about the three P’s really! Oh, and a little bit of H!

Presentation: Presentation is actually two-fold:
– The presentation of the listing/advert: Whilst the listing is largely based on information provided by the Vendor, one of the most important aspects of the broker’s job is to use our experience and knowledge to ensure that the listing is professional, comprehensive and appealing. We pride ourselves on obtaining a high level of ‘one viewing sales’. By providing quality, accurate and honest information up front, not only does the right buyer view the right boat, but their expectations are met when they do so.
– The presentation of the boat: A well maintained, clean and tidy boat, free of clutter, but not devoid of personality and that loved/cared for feel, will always sell first. It’s as simple as that! Always keep in mind what a potential buyer’s first impression of the boat will be. Buyers generally don’t like to see dirt/mould/green decks, water filled bilges, partly finished projects, broken equipment or half drunk mugs of tea!

Photographs: Whilst not unrelated to the first point above, it is hard to underestimate the importance of providing a comprehensive and up-to-date set of photos when selling a boat. Photos should be of good quality and should show the boat’s overall layout and any specific elements/items that are likely to be of interest to buyers. Horizontal photos with an aspect ratio of 4:3 (not long/tall photos!) tend to give the best viewing experience over the widest range of screen sizes, and whilst we do crop and brighten photos where necessary, we do not recommend that photos are otherwise embellished by editing or the use of filters. Photos should provide an accurate representation of the boat as currently presented. They are in today’s world essentially the ‘first viewing’.

Price: A realistic asking price is always key when selling anything and we are happy to offer guidance on this to help achieve a sale which delivers on both timescale and price attained. It should be borne in mind that unlike production boats, the traditional wooden boat market is a very niche market and there is little in the way of a standard pricing structure. A classic boat is almost as individual as her owner – or perhaps more accurately, her custodian!

Honesty: Honesty is always the best policy. Period. No boat is perfect, and the surveyor is paid to find faults. An undisclosed fault will likely jeopardise a sale further down the line and risks wasting both time and money.

Remember: With the help of a quality listing, an honest, well presented and prudently priced boat will often sell to the first person who views her!

Classified Advertising

Classified adverts are currently provided for chandlery items at our discretion on an ad hoc basis to current and previous clients of Topsail. This service is provided by email only. Please email us if you have something that you wish to sell.

To find out more about Topsail Marine Yacht Brokers, please follow the ‘About Us’ link in the menu below.