BalooList business model is rather simple. I charge just 1 USD per listing and brokers get to list for free. The 1 USD is just to verify the ID of the seller. This will never pay for my retirement on my boat – even with thousands of listings every year, this does not allow for…

Time to make an offer? If the boat is in your local Marina, you may be able to wing it with a handshake and a beer, but if it is across an ocean like when we bought Baloo, you will need to be more thoughtful about it. There are plenty of templates to make an…

Some good pieces of advice from the California yacht broker association (http://www.cyba.info): Private party sale concerns to consider: • Do you have a contract outlining the transaction details? • Will a deposit be held in a legitimate escrow account? • What sort of evaluation process ensures you are buying a safe and sound boat? •…

Our top tips to selling fast at the best price Set the price right. Contact a few brokers and ask them for comparative sales in your market (they should be able to provide you with listing prices and transaction prices) or browse existing listings Pics, pics and pics. You can’t have enough pics.  Make sure to…

You will find plenty of better blogs on this topic by more experienced sailors and better bloggers incl. for instance Cap’n Fatty Goodlander (I am a fan as you can tell…). But here are my 2 cents based on the only boat we bought so far. If you want to go cruising on a sailboat in…

We could never have bought our first boat without our broker. He was amazing and did a fantastic job in helping us buy a boat we had never seen (the boat was in Tortola and we could not make it in person…). Now that we are selling it, I am not sure why we need…