Buying Boats and Marine equipment at Auction

Most auctions have preview days, visiting the auction site to inspect the boats gives you a chance to see which boats are of interest so you can check on there realistic value for condition/age.

Talking to boat dealers/technicians is also valuable because they may know of problems with a certain model/s.

Check the classified ads to see what similar models sell for on the open market to use as a guide. Remember to assume the worst as repairs can be expensive – seized engines, rusted electronics etc. Boat auctions can be a bargain way into that dream boat with research and diligence to see that come true.

Boat Auction buyers guide
Defining the boat for your needs and lifestyle

  • What size of boat, do you want a small boat or a larger boat?
  • Do you want to water ski? Fish? Cruise?
  • Do you want a boat you can pull on a trailer? For use on inland waterways? Coastal waterways?
  • Do you want a larger boat for sailing, entertaining, extensive cruising, ocean fishing or diving?
  • Do you plan to berth your boat in a marina? Larger boats are not usually trailered.
  • How often do you plan to use your boat, will you use it seasonally or year-round?
  • Can you park your boat at home or will you rent storage space?
  • What are your boating skills, are you an experienced mariner or just starting out?
  • Do your boating skills match the boat you want to buy or do you need instruction/training?
  • How much do you want to pay, what is your price range?
  • What will your marine insurance cost?
  • Have you accounted for licensing, registration, permits, safety equipment etc.?
  • How much will you need to spend for annual boat maintenance and or repairs?

Many boats are purchased each year without adequate research into the cost of ownership and suitability, get this right and you’re sure to have a less costly recreation machine.

Australian online boat and marine auctions: see more

Fishing boat

AU $4,900.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Nov-26-2019 20:54:07 EST
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Used boat BELMONT DORSET 1961 Ski Runabout

AU $8,000.00
End Date: Friday Dec-13-2019 10:39:02 EST
Buy It Now for only: AU $8,000.00
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Aluminium Boat

AU $2,500.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Nov-26-2019 10:40:23 EST
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fishing boat centre console dehaviland triton

AU $9,300.00
End Date: Saturday Dec-14-2019 12:00:55 EST
Buy It Now for only: AU $9,300.00
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1995 bowrider, ski boat, speed boat, 225hp VX Yamaha outboard

AU $5,600.00 (4 Bids)
End Date: Monday Nov-25-2019 20:03:51 EST
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motorised cabin cruiser 28ft

AU $7,990.00
End Date: Thursday Dec-19-2019 16:13:13 EST
Buy It Now for only: AU $7,990.00
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