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How do you get a boat appraisal?

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To get a boat appraisal, use the online NADA guide. Enter your location, boat type, and its manufacturer and year, and then select your exact boat from the list generated. Enter any additional amenities your boat has and then click "price summary."

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The NADA guide generates your boat value and presents a suggested list price, low retail and average retail price. The website also offers a guideline on how best to prepare your boat for sale and how best to advertise your boat. It also provides tips on whether it is best to sell your boat privately or to use a broker or dealer.

Marine and boat shops can provide referrals for local individuals who serve as boat appraisers. Many real estate appraisers also specialize in marine equipment, such as personal watercraft; speed, sport and ski boats; and commercial fishing boats. Boat owners can also research the approximate value of the boat online on websites that offer a "blue book" value to determine how to price the watercraft if interested in selling.

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