You may not be ready to sell your current boat just yet. And you may not even be ready to buy your next boat (though you’re visiting BoatQuest.com). But every boat is going to be for sale at some point. If you’ve been out of the market for a couple of years, quietly and thoroughly enjoying your boat, you may not be aware of the importance of pictures. When you do decide to sell, know this: In this digital age, image is everything. And the first impression your boat makes may very well be on the Internet. “I really pay a lot of attention to my photography,” says Bob Underwood of Whiteaker Yacht Sales. “I use high-end equipment and take it seriously—I really think it’s a market differentiator.” You see, the quality of the boat can’t come through if the pictures are too small, or are out of focus or grainy. And bad photos in this day and age may look like you’re trying to hide something. “It’s really important to represent the boat accurately today,” Underwood says. “We hear time and time again where boats haven’t been. Either the photography wasn’t representative or when they got there it did...
There’s a fundamental difference in the way boaters and boat buyers—those currently in the market—think about boats, and it came up in a conversation I had recently with Scott Helker at Waterline Boats in Seattle. “I think most people buy boats with the intent of having them for a long time,” Helker says. “But the [...]
Since it’s midseason for boating in most of the United States now, it may be a good time to step back and look at the state of your boating life. Many boaters across the country obviously find June, July, and August to be prime boating months, where cool breezes kiss away the oppressive heat and [...]
There’s nothing wrong with being inexperienced or new at something, and boating is no exception. Part of me is always surprised when even the crustiest old salt shows seemingly unending patience with novices on his boat. There’s a joy that everyone takes in showing someone the ropes—anyone with more than one child knows this firsthand. [...]
The idea of the global marketplace looks great on paper—all the risk of the world is spread all over, reducing the exposure of individuals. And at what cost? The rewards are shared as well, of course. The problems arise when the inequities in the market throw the whole shindig out of balance and the participants [...]
Boat buyers are a courageous lot when you think about it. They spend their time hunting up boats that may fit the bill, doing exhaustive research on the market and where the price should be for the boat they seek. Then they start looking at the actual boats, and learning about what’s really out there. [...]