Boats for Sale
Finding boats for sale has never been easier! Online platforms and manufacturer and dealer websites are streamlining access for buyers to connect seamlessly with sellers not only in local markets but internationally.
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Online Boat Marketplaces
In Australia, there are many online platforms which advertise both new and used boats, sail and power, for pleasure and for business.
One of the longest running sources was traditionally the magazine Trading Post which has now gone online. Other major group sites include www.tradeaboat.com.au, www.boatsales.com.au and www.gumtree.com.au. Boats can also be found on Ebay.
Individual manufacturers, boat builders and boat dealers have very informative websites for you can check out. Many of these sites have very high quality photos and videos which provide extremely realistic tours throughout the vessels.
Boat Sale Auctions
Auctions have always been a good source for used boats for sale and most of the leading auction houses have gone online. You can browse the collections beforehand and many offer online bidding.
Online access may make life easier. But for true boating enthusiasts nothing beats the in-person experience. To connect boat buyers and sellers directly and in person, there is an extensive calendar of boat shows in both capital cities and across the regional areas throughout the year.
The major shows are the Sydney International Boat Show, Sanctuary Cove Boat Show, Perth International Boat Show and the major show in Melbourne. Check the dates for shows in your area on the Boating Industry of Australia website www.bia.org.au
Regional caravan, camping and outdoor shows also include boating, in particular fishing boats and smaller recreational ranges. A quick online search will bring up events near you.
Buying in Person
Finding what’s on offer via online sites is great, but it is always advisable to inspect the boat in person before committing to purchase. Local marinas, boat yards and marine hubs are great places to visit to discuss directly with professional dealers what is available for sale. If you’re purchasing from a private seller and you select to use a marine finance broker to assist with finance, they may be in a position to assist with checking title and encumbrances.
There a raft of decisions to be made when buying a boat.
Here’s a few tips: