Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about our easy to use, online yacht auction platform.

How can I view the current bid?

You can watch the auction and view all bids in real-time by either opting to ‘Follow Auction’ or registering as a bidder. To see prices and current bids, simply click ‘Follow Auction’ on your chosen yacht auction. Please note that once an auction ends, prices and bids will no longer appear on our website.

What does 'Follow Auction' mean?

Choosing to follow an auction grants users access to real-time pricing, bids, and the ability to watch the auction unfold. Additionally, you can download all available vessel documentation. To utilize this feature, select ‘Follow Auction’ on any upcoming or ongoing yacht auction. We’ll send you email updates for the auction, including a reminder on auction day to watch the live bidding.

What is the registration and bidding process?

To participate, users can Register to Bid on each individual upcoming or ongoing auction listing page. Prospective buyers are required to make a deposit into escrow when registering. Specific instructions can be found within each auction listing. If you have any inquiries about registration or placing a bid, feel free to contact us for assistance.

Should you have questions regarding registration or how to place a bid, don’t hesitate to contact us.

What is required of the seller?

The seller must provide hull and engine surveys performed by well-known, respected surveyors. The survey is provided as an independent assessment of the vessel for prospective buyers and will be posted in each auction listing in the “Vessel Detail” box. Since all sales are final and unconditional, surveys give prospective buyers a reasonable understanding of the vessel condition prior to performing their own due diligence within the auction preview period. Learn more.

What is the role of the yacht broker?

The broker’s responsibilities remain unchanged. Brokers address questions, perform showings, attend sea trials, and manage the closing and financial transactions. It is important to note that all prospective buyer due diligence is conducted during the preview period. After the auction is complete, sales are final and unconditional. Learn more.

How do brokerage commissions work?

Listing Brokers and Selling Brokers are compensated via commission terms outlined in the listing agreement. We do not conduct auctions without a Listing Broker and commissions offered to the broker representing the buyer. The results are simply better through collaboration with yacht brokerage professionals.

Are pre-auction sales available?

Yes, vessels at auction are available for pre-auction sale. If a prospective buyer makes an acceptable offer, the vessel will be removed from the platform prior to the start of the auction.

Are sales final and unconditional?

Yes, all sales are final and unconditional. Unlike a traditional yacht sale where due diligence is performed after the initial agreement and price negotiations, all due diligence is performed prior to bidding. A seller’s survey report is provided with each listing to add transparency and aid prospective buyers in determining interest. Bidders are welcome to utilize a surveyor of their own to conduct a traditional survey, validate existing information, or provide further inspection.

What is a Counterbid?

A Counterbid is a bid placed by the auctioneer to move bidding closer to the Reserve. Counterbidding is a common practice throughout the auction industry to help buyer and seller reach a price that works for both parties. In a Reserve Auction, the auctioneer may place counterbids up to, but not to exceed, the Reserve price.

Why does the live bidding clock reset to 2 minutes?

A “soft gavel” is an automatic time addition to the auction clock when a bid is placed in the final two minutes of an auction. Soft gaveling allows time for all bidders to consider and place their next bid.

What is a buyer’s premium?

Prospective buyers are able to name their price via a straightforward, transparent bidding process. The 8% Buyer’s Premium is Boathouse Auctions’ fee for managing, marketing, promoting, and advertising each auction and is paid by the successful bidder based on their highest final bid price.

How do I know if an auction has a reserve?

If there’s a reserve price, the reserve is clearly stated in each auction listing. Bidding, however, will open slightly below the reserve price. If the reserve is met or exceeded, the vessel will be sold to the highest bidder. Should bidding finish below the reserve price, the seller holds the right to accept or reject the offer for a period of 24 hours following completion of the auction.