Selling a canal boat?

Got a Canal Boat for Sale?

Whether it’s a Narrowboat, Cruiser Stern, Trad or Semi-Trad, Narrow Beam Dutch Style, Tug, Wide Beam, Houseboat, Dutch Barge, Shell or Sailaway, chances are that one day you’ll decide to sell your canal boat.

When doing so you will need someone with experience to sell your boat quickly and easily, and to minimise any risk of the deal going wrong.

Our directory includes a list of boat brokers to help get you started.

Selling a boat will typically cost between 2.5% and 6% (plus VAT) based on the sale price of the craft, often on either a minimum fee or no-sale, no fee basis..


Your options when selling a canal boat.

You can advertise, deal with all the enquiries and negotiate and administer the sale your self, or you can employ the services of a boat broker.

Initially the first option may seem the cheapest because the broker will charge a commission. However, you will still have to pay for some sort of advertising and are unlikely to get the passing trade or interest a broker will so the sale may well drag on.

Owners and sellers can list their narrowboats for sale in the uk on freeads.

There’s a handy distance gadget that lets you limit the distance from you for adverts to be included in the results.  Handy if there are more than 3 or 4 for sale.  Annoyingly there are often a lot of non-appropriate items listed, including many from Amazon.

Most sellers choose to use a broker, both for their expertise and additional services they can offer potential purchasers, and of course to remove the day to day responsibility for answering enquiries and administering the sale.

It will be essential to prove your ownership and right to sell – so hold on to receipts for everything relating to your boat – mooring fees, repairs, maintenance, servicing, painting, blacking, etc. You might need them one day…

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