1 Scour the boat:
Clean everything—bilge, sole, upholstery, cabinets, lockers, the shore-power cord, and under the sink in the head. Everything. If your boat is spotless, the buyer will think you're detail oriented and that all the systems have been well maintained. If the boat is a mess, a prospective buyer might think you also neglected to change the oil in the engine. Remember the last time you went to the boat show? Make your boat look like it's in a new-boat show.