In preparation selling your boat
There comes a time when you will make the decision to sell your boat. This could be because you are upgrading or you just don't have the time to enjoy it as much as you would like. Either way, you are going to sell it and probably want to get a good return on your investment. There are many things you can do to increase the value of your boat as well as get the best price available.
The condition of your boat is the single most important factor when you decide to sell. If you are a perfectionist and keep everything in tip top shape, you won't have to worry about this. For everyone else, this is going to take a bit of elbow grease. Many things can happen in a boat's lifetime that you might not have much control over. If you have a small boat, this won't matter all that much and is easily fixed. If you are selling anything over 25 feet though, you will have to set aside a large chunk of time and get detailed cleaning done.
The cheap way to prepare your boat for the market is to clean it up yourself. This will take a long time if you have a full time job to report to but if you work on it every weekend, you will be ready in no time. You need to make sure the hull is smooth and free of dents, scratches, and other blemishes. A good coat of wax will help restore that showroom shine. The deck is very important. You should fix anything that is even remotely broken, over used, or an eyesore of any kind. This includes anything someone can hold on to, sit on, open, close, or put things into. There are a lot of nooks and crannies on a boat so make sure to inspect them all.
Now that your boat is pretty again, it's time to check the market. The standard blue book price is a good place to start but if you have added fancy equipment and are going to sell it with the boat, make sure that is included in your asking price. If you have any doubts, get your boat professionally appraised.