The Hagerty 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 Hagerty 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 Hagerty Classic Boat Price Guide, the following is assumed, but not always present. If these conditions do not exist, deduct accordingly:
- A trailer, in very good or better condition is included with the sale. For larger boats, this trailer will have brakes.
- The boat is under responsible care or ownership. A title, or appropriate paperwork, is included with the sale.
- The boat bottom is to a good standard, and there is no immediate need for attention for the boat to be safely used.
- The powerplant might or might not be original. If the power is not original, then it is an acceptable substitute. "Acceptable" varies from boat to boat and will change over time.