2003, 31′ COBIA 314 CENTER CONSOLE Video Walk Through This Boat SOLD. Click the Boat Search Banner Below for more purchase options.
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WHEN SELLING YOUR BOAT Especially in this economy, it’s a lot of hard work and more than you could ever imagine…unless you have recently tried to sell your boat on your own. Our data base is filled with thousands buyers looking for boats of all various makes and models. At GOLDEN GATE BOAT SALES, we conduct daily searches to constantly match up buyers with sellers. Back in the old days, we would get in the car with our buyers and spend the entire day looking at dozens boats in person. Today, everyone starts their boat shopping right on the internet from the comfort of their own home, picks out a few good options, and then travels to view the boats in person. This is why it is extremely crucial that you list your boat with a Yacht & Ship Brokerage that has outstanding google search engine rankings. You can view some of the very impressive google site rankings of GOLDEN GATE BOAT SALES by clicking here. In addition, you can search (year make and model) for any one of our featured listings on google and you will find our advertisements on the top out of tens of thousands of search results!
Getting a buyer to view your listing on the net is just a small part of the process. Next, you need to have a web page presentation that is far superior than the competition, something that we take great pride in creating. You can take a look at an example of one of our listing presentations by clicking here. Now that the buyer has found and shown an interest in your boat, guaranteed they will always have lots of additional questions. If you are not available for any reason to take a buyers call, that buyer will most likely move onto the next boat on his list resulting in a lost sale for you! GOLDEN GATE BOAT SALES is not your typical 9 to 5 brokerage. Our Sales Team Brokers are available 24/7 to assist buyers and we also have a live chat feature embedded at each of our featured listings pages for those buyers that would rather ask their questions on-line in real-time. No inquiries or calls at GOLDEN GATE BOAT SALES go unanswered. When a buyer is ready to buy, we are always ready to sell!
Don’t get scammed by Discount Yacht Brokerage Firms. In the real world of Yacht & Ship Brokerage Sales, discount yacht brokerage firms are simply a joke! GOLDEN GATE BOAT SALES has over 2,500 Licensed and Bonded Yacht & Ship Brokers that have joined our mailing list to keep up to date on our Featured Listings. Why? Because they know we deal with only Centrally Listed Boats where there is always a workable 10% commission, offering the other brokerage that may have an interested buyer for your boat 5% of the workable 10% commission. For example, let’s say you sign up with a Discount Brokerage that promises you they can sell your boat for only a 5% commission. Then, we (or any other reputable Yacht Brokerage) has a buyer for your boat. The minute that discount brokerage firm says, “gee sorry, we do not have a workable 10% commission but would you like to work for 2.5% of the sale?” Of course we simply hang up and find our buyer another boat that’s avaliable from a realistic Yacht Brokerage firm. When you list your boat with GOLDEN GATE BOAT SALES we gladly do co-brokerage deals with other brokers and aggressively market your boat to other Yacht Brokerage firms. In short, we do what it takes to get your boat SOLD in the fastest time frame possible and make it worth while to our fellow brokers. The more offers on the table that a boat owner has to consider, the better! The next time a discount brokerage approaches you to list your boat and boasts that they charge only 5% (or whatever percent less than the normal 10%), I would suggest that you ask them… 5% off of what sale price? For example, I don’t know any boat owner that would rather take an offer at $500,000 and pay a 5% commission (owner nets $475,000) instead of an offer at $575,000 and pays the standard 10% commission where the owner nets $517,500 and get’s his boat sold faster.
Knowing how to properly pre-qualify a buyer is not an easy task. If you do not properly pre-qualify a buyer that calls on your boat, you will find yourself wasting a lot of time and money! Every buyer that GOLDEN GATE BOAT SALES presents your boat to in person is totally pre-qualified and ready, willing, and able to make the purchase. No survey or sea trial takes place on your boat until we have a signed purchase agreement in place between you and the buyer with and agreed price, terms and conditions, as well as a ten (10%) deposit from the buyer secured in our escrow account. In addition, if you have a loan payoff on your boat you should be realistic in knowing that most all buyers will not hand over a pile of cash to you in hope that you will in fact payoff the boat loan as well as any liens or encumbrances that may be on the vessel. On many occasions, there is more paperwork involved in closing a boat sale than there is on closing on a house. Just one error on the closing paperwork could cause a major nightmare for you and at GOLDEN GATE BOAT SALES, we take all of that worry away. To view some of the many other ways we get boats sold, click here. When you are ready to get your boat SOLD, it’s best to start with a free boat market evaluation which you can receive by simply clicking here. Or, feel free to call us at 239-430-BOAT(2628) at anytime.
WHEN BUYING A BOAT Our highly trained staff of experienced Licensed and Bonded Yacht Brokers knows boats and the marketplace inside and out! You may think that you know the boat make and model that will work best for your needs, but chances are there are many other options that may suit your needs even better based on how you plan on using the boat. Finding the exact make and model is only the beginning. We then search high and low utilizing all of the our special resources to locate the best valued boat in the model you like best that can be bought within your price range. On many occasions, a boat may seem to be priced to high, but if we know that the boat could be purchased within your budget, we will present it to you.
Many boats may seem like a fantastic deal based on the price. However, on many occasions the reason some boats are priced so low compared to others, is because of the amount of work the boat requires to make it as valuable as the others. Unless you are specifically looking for a project boat, we do not present fixer uppers to our buyers. Most all of our clients are seeking turn-key boats, which is what GOLDEN GATE BOAT SALES is known best for representing. Our Sales Team will never tell you that a boat is a solid 10 (1 being the worst and 10 being the best) unless the boat is in fact a solid 10 based on others in that same year, make and model. We realize that a boat will not magically change from a 5 to a 10 during the time it takes to drive over to view the boat in person. In short, the condition of a boat is what it is and we realize that your time is valuable. We do not play games when it comes to accurately describing the overall condition a boat.
There are so many extremely important questions to ask a seller when considering purchasing a boat. Forgetting to ask just one important question could result in costing you mega bucks and a lot of wasted time! At GOLDEN GATE BOAT SALES, we always look out for your best interests, just as if it was our own money being used to purchase the boat. With all of the many scammers out there you would be taking a huge gamble when trying to buy a boat on your own. When there is a loan payoff to be made on a boat, would you rather trust a stranger to make that loan payoff so that you can obtain a clear title? Or, would you rather trust a Licensed and Bonded Yacht & Ship Brokerage with a fantastic reputation in the marine industry to get the closing done properly? At GOLDEN GATE BOAT SALES, we have the all of the needed resources from the best marine surveyors, marine financing sources, licensed captains and boat transporters to help make your purchase a fun and pleasurable experience. When you are ready to make a purchase, feel free to call us anytime day or night or simply click here to get us pointed in the right direction for the kind of boat you would like to buy.
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Finding out how much your boat is worth is not an easy task, especially in this economy! Guessing is obviously not the way to go, although many folks do just that and end up selling for much less than necessary by panic selling.
Some important factors that we take into consideration when giving a Free Boat Market Evaluation are; the overall realistic condition compared to other similar vessels that we have recently sold; availability of service records; the location; how soon the owner wants the boat sold; how often the boat is used and dozens of other important factors about the vessel are taken into consideration as well. Some boat sellers think that because they have top of the line FURUNO Electronics on their Motor Yacht that it drastically increases the value of the vessel. This is simply not the case, especially to a buyer that may only want GARMIN Electronics. In short, with the marine electronics industry changing so fast, what is top of the line this year may be considered obsolete next year. Yes, we take electronics into consideration when giving a seller a boat market evaluation, but how the vessel was (and is) maintained overall far outweighs the electronics package.
At GOLDEN GATE BOAT SALES.com we offer a realistic, no obligation, Boat Market Evaluation backed by over fifteen years of experience. Our Sales Team is ready to assist you with the value, marketing process and closing process to make sure you receive the most cash out of your boat sale as possible. The poor state of our economy has brought out more scammers than ever before and why using a Licensed and Bonded Yacht & Ship Broker is the only way to go. Don’t ever be afraid to ask to see a Yacht Broker’s License and Credentials…after all, it’s your boat and it’s your money!
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Living in Florida without a boat is like living in Colorado without snow skis…but it’s a heck of lot easier selecting snow skis than it is a boat!
There so many different makes, models and styles of boats available that it can make your head spin! It’s very easy to end up spending a lot of unnecessary time and money traveling to see boats that look attractive in style and price, but are really not the boats that are right for your needs. The very first step to get started in the right direction is to know exactly what type of boating you plan on doing and how you realistically plan on using the boat. Ask yourself these questions…
Are you more interested in a Powerboat or in a Sailboat? If you live in a shallow water area, remember that sailboats require more depth to operate.
Where exactly do you plan on doing most of your boating adventures?
Do you intend on taking short weekend trips and spending just a night or two on the boat?
When you head out to go boating, how many people do you plan on taking with you each time?
Do you intend to do lots of long range boating spending weeks at a time on your boat?
Are you planning on simply entertaining friends and family for some day boating sightseeing adventures?
Do you need a boat that you can water ski or wake board behind and if so, how many people to you plan on taking with you?
Do you feel that you will be using the boat primarily for Offshore Deep Sea Fishing?
Would you prefer a boat that enables you to Cruise and Fish?
Are you planning to primarily do backwater saltwater / fresh water fishing in more shallow waters?
How are you planning to store your boat? (Inside Dry Rack Storage – In the Water at a Dock – On a Boat Lift – On a Trailer)
Do you need a trailer with your boat? If so, the beam of the boat is something to consider so contact your local DMV regarding trailering requirements.
If you’re considering smaller boats in the 18′ to 24′ size range, many people would like a Cuddy Cabin to get out of the sun or rain. However, here in Florida unless you have a generator with air conditioning a Cuddy Cabin boat is not really that practical especially in Florida’s hot Summer months. You can plug in 12 volt isolating fans and open the cabin hatch(s), but it still can get pretty darn hot in the cabin. In addition, having a small Cuddy Cabin will limit the number of passengers you can take with you on the boat since you lose a large part of the outside seating areas compared to a Bowriders or a Deck Boat. If having a privacy head is the only reason for your considering a Cuddy Cabin, it’s important to know that many small Bowrider models have a locking privacy head and locking dry storage area compartments as well.
Once you know exactly how you plan on using the the boat, you’re half way there! The next step is to decide on a budget that you would like to keep within and be sure to realize that there will be State Sales Tax added to your purchase and you will need to insure the boat as well. Having a Certified Marine Surveyor inspect the boat before closing is something that we always suggest to our clients. In addition, if you are financing the boat, most finance companies will require a Certified Marine Survey Inspection on the vessel and the time to have the inspection conducted is before closing on the boat, not after.
Our Sales Team at GOLDEN GATE BOAT SALES knows all of the right questions to ask when inquiring on boats for our clients. It’s real easy to spend a lot of time and money going after boats because they appear to have a good value…but instead have known issues with particular makes and models that you may not be aware of. GOLDEN GATE BOAT SALES offers a FREE YACHT & BOAT SEARCH page at our web site. This is not a general computer search scan that sends you automated results. When you utilize our free Find a Boat page, we research each and every boat before sending the vessel specifications and photos to you for consideration. Our goal is to get you into the right boat at a price we know we can get you out of without taking a big hit (if any) when you’re ready to move up in size or into a newer boat down the road. We handle all of the negotiations to help land the lowest possible purchase price, the closing process, and assist you with delivery and financing if needed. Please take a moment to view what our customers have to say about us along with our credentials at this this link. Our goal is is to make your boating dreams become reality!
We hope you found this article helpful and welcome your comments and questions to share with our boating community.
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