Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, but we’ll need to see your ID, a letter of authorisation signed by your company director and the company’s bank account details e.g. a paying in book or bank statement, as well as the documents for the boat.
Yes you can, but your family member or friend needs to know about it! You’ll need to have your relative’s or friend’s ID with you and written confirmation from them stating they’re happy for their boat to be sold.
You’ll also need two forms of your own ID, as well as the documents for the boat. The money will be paid into your relative or friend’s bank account, so the bank account details must match those on their ID.
Yes. We appreciate that you’re bound to be going through a difficult time and the last thing you need is more stress.
If you have a vessel to sell, we’ll do our best to make it as simple as possible.
To sell the boat you need to have power of attorney or probate (an instruction in the will to say that the boat has been passed to you). Legally, you’ll also need to have your relative’s death certificate with you, as well as your ID and the documents for the boat.
If you just want to talk to somebody rather than filling in forms even for advice or a valuation on your boat call Steve on 02392 984666, choose the buyanyboat option and he will happily chat with you.
Yes, we can pay cash for boats. We can also pay by bank transfer or cheque it’s completely up to you.
We do need to see some form of proof of ownership. We can’t just turn up and buy a boat that you’re stood next to. For inland waterway boats this is easier for us to check. But on the coastal boats we will need to see some form of paperwork to go with the boat.
Our team know that this isn’t always easy to do as some boats are sold to you without paperwork. As long as you can provide us with a written document signed to say you are the owner and you have permission to sell the boat, we can usually do a deal.
You can deliver the boat to us if you like. Although we are happy to collect boats. If we can get it on the trailer then we will come and collect ourselves. If not we will use one of our many trusted Boat Transport companies.
We need to see as many fresh pictures of the boat as you can send. This can often give us a good idea whether we would like to make an offer. At the very least it will help us work out what we think the boat is worth.
Yes, we will buy any boat from anywhere in the UK, Ireland and Europe. However, we can’t buy every boat! Some boats may just not be worth making an offer on and we will tell you the truth when you send us the boat details. We also know that some boats that are end of use are just not worth buying as they would cost to scrap.
If a boat is the right size to fit on a trailer it always makes it a more attractive deal if it comes with one. Boats with trailers are a good package for people to buy as it means the boat can be easily stored and moved around. When a boat doesn’t have a trailer it is another cost we have to consider against making an offer. It would also mean we would have to arrange a boat lift, trailer hire and lift off the trailer.
With Narrowboats three of the main questions we will ask are has the boat been blacked, surveyed and have a BSS. On the inland waterways boats need to be kept to a certain standard and if a narrowboat hasn’t been blacked in a while it could mean the hull needs work. This can be costly on narrowboats and barges. A boat must also have a Boat Safety Certificate that is in date. If your boat hasn’t got one the new owner will have the expense of getting one. This will affect the price we can offer.
Also if the boat has a mooring license or a continuous cruising license matters. This will affect the boats value as if someone can take on a mooring for a narrowboat it may be more attractive than having to immediately move the boat on.
If your boat has been out of the water for a survey it is always good to know. A marine surveyor will give an honest appraisal of the boat. They will also spot any problems the boat may have which could be a deal breaker for us or if we tried to sell the boat on. We do buy bots without a survey or without having them lifted out but the price we offer may reflect this.
We will need to know if the boat has had any repair work. Whether it’s treatment for osmosis on a yacht, damage repairs or a RIB being retubed it’s good to know. This could effect the boat’s value or the chances of reselling.
We can buy your boat the same day you enquire. If you send us enough detail, a good set of recent pictures and an idea of what you want for the boat we can usually make you an offer there and then. All of our offers that are made over the phone or by email are subject to seeing the boat in the flesh. But as long as the boat we see is close enough to the condition you told us it was in our offer to you will not change.
In busy periods it may take our team a couple of days to reply to your initial enquiry. If it has been longer than four days please give us a call. Our team don’t just stay in the office. We are often out moving boats or viewing boats. So, when we are out on the road we may miss your email.
If the boat is local to us in Gosport/Portsmouth or the surrounding areas we may be able to come and see your boat the same day. Many times we have viewed a boat in the morning, done the deal on the visit and paid the cash the same day. No boat brokerage can offer you this kind of quick and easy deal. We are buying the boat to own ourselves and sell on ourselves. So there is no middle man to haggle with.
We will make trade offers for Boats. If you sell to us you won’t make as much money as you would selling privately or through a broker. But the advantage of selling to us is that you will get a quick deal and quick cash.
A trade offer can usually be anywhere between 40% to 60% of the boat’s market value. But every boat is different, so this isn’t a standard across all boats. If we think we can sell your boat quickly we may offer you a price closer to the market value.
Yes, we can buy vessels with outstanding finance. The outstanding balance will be paid by us, directly to your finance company. When we collect the boat; we’ll pay your finance company there and then. The remaining balance will be paid into your bank account. This means your finance will be paid off and you’ll have the money for your boat instantly. If you can ask your finance company for a settlement letter or figure beforehand, the whole process will be even quicker.
If you owe more money on your boat than the finance settlement figure (your boats. valuation is less than the settlement amount) then all you’ll need to do is pay us the difference by debit or credit card, which you’ll be able to do when we come to inspect and collect the vessel.
We’ll buy boats and yachts that aren’t running, and we are able to collect them.
Some boat owners will have upgraded or replaced an old engine in a boat. If the boat is getting old but has a newer engine with minimal hours this could tempt us into making an offer. If when we view the boat you can demonstrate the engine running and going in/out of gear that would also help.
We can buy imported yachts, motorboats and jet skis; just give us a ring or drop us an email and we’ll be happy to discuss it further.
Are you wondering what happens at a buyanyboat.net appointment? Here’s a simple overview of the process:
The team are always interested to know why you are looking to sell your boat. Whatever the reason we don’t judge and understand people’s circumstances change. The main reason we are looking out for is if the boat has had problems that need fixing. If you the owner are honest with us about any issues we can consider a deal. But if issues arise during viewing it could be a deal breaker.
We never like turning down boats. We understand that you come to us because you may want a quick sale or may be fed up with the broker trying to sell your boat.
Our team will always do our best to make an offer for your boat. We must carefully consider what boats we buy as we are not a large multinational company with unlimited storage space. Or unlimited funds for that matter!
When we buy boats we can only offer a trade price. This is because we intend to buy your boat and then try and sell it on to make a profit. We made no effort to hide our intentions as that is simply the way the business works.
Sometimes we may think your boat just won’t offer us a return. We have to factor in more than a private buyer would. As all of the transport costs and possible repairs we will need to do will eat away at any margin. Rather than making silly low offers for boats we will often tell Boat Owner to list the boat for sale on an auction website.
We have set up a free to list classifieds site, where we encourage people to list the boats we decline. The Marketplace is 100% Free to list and there are no final selling fees for using the site.
There are other reasons we may turn down your boat. We may deem it to be end of life so will be more suited to our Boatbreakers solution. Or the boats may need costly repairs or new parts that we simply don’t want to get involved with.