As the owner/operator of a full service boat detailing yacht maintenance business I can’t help but chuckle sometimes at seeing the extremes that otherwise bright, intelligent, successful, people will go to in a misguided attempt to save a few dollars.
One of the biggest mistakes that we see is that people will decide to sell their boat without first having her completely detailed.
“Detailing a boat is the single most important investment of time, energy and money a seller can make because a clean and shiny boat sells faster and for a lot more money. I strongly recommended that a seller enlist professional assistance to do a quality job.”We at BoatDocs1, do a lot of work here on the Emerald Coast with local yacht brokers and know what the standards are for a “ready to show” boat. These professionals know that the cosmetic appearance says everything to the prospective buyer as to the overall care and maintenance that the previous owner has given the yacht. Add to that the universal wisdom about first impressions and it’s not hard to see the importance of this vital first step.
Even if you intend to do most of the work yourself Jordan Pro Strong we can offer the expertise to assure that your time and money are spent wisely. Our trained eyes will often pick up the little Air Jordan 6s details that only a prospective buyer would notice and likely balk at.
Here is an outline of the standard procedures we use when preparing a yacht to be put up for sale:
1. Thoroughly Wash and Dry the Boat
Note: For this part, pay attention to everything you see and unless your memory is a lot better than mine, make notes on a piece of paper for later.
Wash and chamois dry your boat top to bottom including transom.
clean Isenglass and other ports/windows
clean and dress vinyl seats
wipe down fly bridge and cockpit
vacuum exterior carpet
clean and dress nonskid
2. Stand Back and Survey the Boat
Note: Bring your list and organize it with the following outline
Put yourself in the buyers shoes, be critical, the buyer will.
a) Is it shiny? It’s the first thing most people notice.
b) What about the Jordan Retro 9 smell? People have a way of getting used to almost anything. Get a second opinion and see the hint below.
c) Is all hardware intact and presentable? Just because you’ve used that broken table for years and are rather fond of it, to anyone else, it’s just a broken table.
d) What about dings, any damage to the fiberglass? Aside from the fact that broken gelcoat can let water into the core of the lay up and delaminate the fiberglass, it just plain looks BAD.
e) What about rust? You are probably thinking right now; (what’s a little rust on a boat?) Let me tell you. A little rust on a boat is a sure sign that the owner let’s little things go by unnoticed and if there is one thing there are always more. What about oil changes? I wonder if he flushed out the outboard after use? The object of this little exercise is to make the boat look like you are conscientious and a stickler for having everything perfectly “SHIP SHAPE.”
f) One more little tip that you have probably already thought of. Knick knacks, fishing tackle, cutesy wall plaques, and half full paint cans are NOT part of the boat and look tacky. A few cleaning supplies, in their own locker is probably all right as long as they’re kept neat and clean.
g) Make a list of things that need attention, and get it taken care of. A few dollars spent now will pay back in spades when the time comes to show your boat. Anything that isn’t right will stick out like the proverbial sore thumb, be noticed and start the price spiraling down. (if it doesn’t just send them scurrying off shaking their heads)