A new, professional service that helps you take back control of selling your Boat

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About

We are a platform that allows you to photograph & video your own boat and upload the media directly to us.

We then manually check the quality of your images before loading them onto our site

Your boat has it’s own web-page on this site, with a link that you can share with Brokers or social media sites – anyone.

Whilst your boat is on the site, it is also for sale and seen by thousands.

If you sell your boat yourself, through this site, then great! No brokers fee, if you want to involve a broker then give them the link to your boat page so they can copy the images and inventories and get it up for sale with them quicker

Your page also has it’s own contact box, that does not show your email address. Potential buyers contact you directly for further information and to book a viewing.

If you want us to conduct a viewing (sometimes buyers feel more comfortable if the owner isn’t present) then you can read about this here

All we ask is that once you have sold your boat, you let us know so that we can remove it and prevent you getting unnecessary emails.

If you would like us to photograph your boat and it is within 50 miles of portsmouth then please call 07828195814 to arrange.

You can read more about our services here.

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Advice for sellers and buyers

In a private sale, that is one where the seller is not in the business of selling boats, the buyer has only limited redress against the seller if any subsequent defects in the boat are discovered. In essence the buyer is buying what he sees or under the common law rule, ‘Caveat Emptor’ or Buyer Beware.

With this in mind, it is important that the buyer composes a list of questions to put to the seller, prior to buying the boat, with regard to condition of the boat, the type of construction of the boat, whether the boat has been grounded or involved in any sort of accident or collisions, what repair work has been carried out, when the last engine service took place etc.

The seller does not have to voluntarily offer up any information about the boat or its history but is legally obliged to provide accurate answers to any questions that the buyer may ask.

The seller must not make statements calculated to deceive a buyer and must answer all questions about the boat truthfully. Providing misleading facts about the boat, may leave the seller open to be sued for misrepresentation

The seller must also be in a position to sell the boat ‘free of encumbrances’

It is possible for a seller to sell a boat without paying off the finance company, without settling a hire purchase agreement, or a boat which is a security against a personal loan from a bank, or a boat to which a boatyard or marina is owed money, in all such circumstances, this could well leave the buyer in the position of having, later, to pay off the debt(s).

It is, therefore, important that the buyer secures, from the seller, a written undertaking that the boat is not subject to any debts, liens, charges or encumbrances etc.

Whilst there are no legal requirements for any sort of written contract to be drawn up and signed when a boat is sold privately, Boatsbrokerage would always suggest that a Sales and Purchase Agreement is produced to protect both parties. The RYA produces a Standard form of Agreement for the Sale and Purchase of a Secondhand Boat, which is available as a download to members.

Boatsbrokerage would also recommend that once the sale of a boat has been agreed, a Bill of Sale is produced and signed, again to protect both parties and to prove new ownership. – also available from the RYA for its members.

If the boat is registered under Part I of the Central Register of British Ships then this should be evidenced using the Bill of Sale prescribed by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency

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