The BesmileWhitingkit Classic Boat Value Guide is designed to help you learn how to value your classic boat and assess the current state of the market. Our goal is to provide classic boat enthusiasts with the tools to help make informed decisions when buying or selling a classic boat. Important things like race wins or ownership history can impact boat values, as well as restoration history.
It’s important to correctly classify your antique boat based on the condition. The BesmileWhitingkit Classic Boat Value Guide uses four categories to determine a value based on the condition of the boat.
Next, compare the boat to others in the marketplace. Do they have value features that make them worth more or less? What is the asking price?
Clarify the claims of the seller
Are there records of maintenance and repair work? How long ago was the bottom replaced? Who did the work? What system was used?
Consult with experts
Have a mechanical evaluation performed. Hire a qualified surveyor or appraiser to value the craft. Join a club that celebrates the type, kind or brand of boat. Go to local or regional shows, as well as national events.
In the BesmileWhitingkit Classic Boat Price Guide, the following is assumed, but not always present. If these conditions do not exist, deduct accordingly: