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3 things to know when selling your yacht through a broker

On Behalf of | Mar 21, 2024 | Maritime Ownership

Selling your yacht through a broker can streamline the process and ensure a successful transaction. However, it is important to understand the legal aspects involved in such a sale.

There are a few legal considerations to keep in mind when selling your yacht through a broker.

1. Brokerage agreement

Before engaging a broker, carefully review and understand the terms of the brokerage agreement. This document outlines the broker’s responsibilities, commission structure and the duration of the agreement. Pay close attention to any exclusivity clauses that may prevent you from working with other brokers or selling the yacht privately during the agreement period.

2. Disclosure obligations

As the seller, you have a legal obligation to disclose any known defects or issues with the yacht to potential buyers. Failing to do so can lead to legal disputes and potential liability down the line. Be transparent about the yacht’s condition, maintenance history and any relevant documentation, such as survey reports or repair records. Your broker can assist you in preparing a comprehensive listing and disclosure package to ensure compliance with disclosure requirements.

3. Sales contract

Once you find a buyer, the next step is drafting and negotiating the sales contract. This legally binding document outlines the terms and conditions of the sale, including the purchase price, contingencies and closing date. Ensure that the contract defines the rights and obligations of both parties and addresses any specific concerns or requirements related to the transaction.

Remember, taking a proactive and informed approach to the legal side of yacht sales can help protect your interests and minimize the risk of disputes down the line.