If you're replacing, repairing or upgrading parts on your boat this winter, you might consider selling unused equipment to other local boaters or to online buyers to re-purpose those items. With many boats out of the water, you're likely to find other boaters looking to get their own vessel in tip-top shape before the spring thaw. Or, given the current value of copper, steel and other recyclable metals, you might consider recycling those materials to put some extra cash back into your boat repair account.
Whether you've got an older engine block, topside repair materials, or an unused pontoon sitting in your garage - classifieds sites (eBay, Craigslist, etc.), and uShip are great solutions for selling and moving marine gear. Even in the winter months, the expertise of feedback-rated boat carriers on uShip makes it easy to affordably ship boats and parts of any size across the country.
With the days growing shorter and colder, the boating off season is the perfect time to make repairs, upgrade parts, and sell any unused equipment.
Here's my 5-step guide to selling and shipping marine equipment this winter:
- Tell friends or list your items on reputable classifieds site Network with boating friends to help them out or visit popular online re-selling sites. The key to selling your used boat or equipment is to offer as much detail as possible. Include exact specifications, weight, and note any existing damage. Attach close-up high-resolution images from several angles, if possible. These details help set expectations for customers and allow them to make purchase decisions more quickly. Engine power heads or blocks are popular items for rebuilders. If your shipping costs are affordable, you'll have little problem selling the engine to help afford your new one.
- Communicate with your buyer Once you've secured a buyer, it's important to communicate with them about how and where they'll be receiving the equipment. In the winter season, the buyer may need to first secure storage space for boats (SpareFoot is a great option), or designate a drop-off location for other large equipment.
- Winterize your boat or parts prior to transport Make sure you've taken all the necessary winterization steps, regardless of whether you're selling a fully-outfitted boat or parts. Here's an excellent guide on iboats. Powertrain equipment is especially susceptible to freezing damage in cold temperatures, so be sure to flush the engine with marine antifreeze. If you're shipping a boat, you should also fill the tank and add fuel stabilizer.
- Arrange equipment (or boat) transport by listing on uShip.com Services like uShip make it easy to move large online purchases across the country at a reasonable cost. Either you or the customer can list the shipment for free on uShip.com- even prior to finalizing the sale. After publishing your uShip shipment listing, thousands of specialized boat transportation companies can place competing bids for your business, which helps to reduce the cost of transportation.
uShip makes it easy to select an experienced and well-reviewed transportation company from several bids. Transportation company profiles on uShip include a wealth of information about each business: recent shipments and customer feedback, licensing, operating authority, and cargo insurance information, as well as truck and trailer photos.
- Follow up with the transporter and the customer Once you've chosen a boat or equipment transporter, you should take a few additional steps to make sure your buyer is a happy camper. Communicate with the transporter to make sure your boat or equipment is properly secured and protected from the winter elements. You should also ask the transporter for the Bill of Lading and share it with the buyer. The Bill of Lading document should include everything you're shipping to the buyer, and list any existing damage to the boat or equipment.
As always, make sure you're comfortable with both the transporter and your buyer. Don't be afraid to ask your transporter questions to make sure your boat or equipment will be delivered on time and without winter weather road damage.