Catamarans For Sale By Owner FAQ’s

How do I list my catamaran for sale on Catamaran Guru?

Follow the directions here to list your catamaran.

Is Catamaran Guru familiar with the catamarans listed here?

Generally, we have no personal knowledge of these boats. There could be exceptions, but we have no involvement in any of the lsitings unless explicitly noted otherwise.

How do I buy a “for sale by owner” catamaran?

Use the “contact the owner” link found on each listing advertisement. Contact the owner with all your questions about the boat. If you don’t receive an answer in a couple of days, email us to let us know. Make an offer pending a boat inspection and marine survey (highly recommended). Follow the procedure for the boat-buying process.

How do I contact a catamaran owner?

Each catamaran listing advertisement has either an “Email Owner” or “Call Owner” link, or both. Clicking the email link will open a new email for you to send them a note. Clicking the call link on mobile will call the owner’s phone. Some of these owners are actually cruising with their boats right now. So it may take a few days to receive a response. If you don’t receive an answer within 5days of days, email us to let us know.

1. Every catamaran is a paid listing and therefore, actively for sale.

2. Unless otherwise stated, the boat is located in the area advertised.

3. Owners generally want cash, so unless otherwise stated, a trade is not on the books and rarely, if ever, will they finance the boat

The boat I’m interested in shows as “Sale Pending”?

“Back-up” offers may be submitted to “Sale Pending” catamarans currently under contract unless the owner states otherwise at which time we will remove the ability to email the owner. If the sale closes, the catamaran will be marked “sold” and no further inquiries should be made. If the sale fails to close, the ability to contact the boat owner is restored.

How do I send you pictures for my listing?

VERY IMPORTANT! Prepare your pictures for sending:

  • Send a “Featured Picture”, usually a shot of the boat in the water and a maximum of 15 additional photos. A video may be substituted for one of the photos including the featured photo. To submit a video, submit a Youtube or Vimeo link.
  • Make sure that all pictures are in .jpg or .png format
  • Image dimensions should have widths of 1500 pixels or less. Tip: If you are not familiar with resizing very large images, use online tools to easily resize and crop images such as ;or
  • Name each picture with the make, model, and 2-3 word description of the image topic, examples: 2008-lagoon-450s-saloon.jpg or 2014-fp-helia-44-custom-bimini.png
  • If you have a preference of feature image, please name accordingly, example: 2012-bali-43-sale-owner-featured.jpg

You may reply with attached images to the confirmation email you received after submitting your ad (check spam if you did not receive it). But sending a bunch of photos by email can be difficult due to email size restrictions of the email provider. The best way is to upload to use a free file “share” service like Dropbox (preferred), Picasa Web Albums, Google’s Picasa Software, Google Drive, or Photobucket. Give access to your folder / album / files so that we can use the images in your ad.

When will my listing be posted? Will I be notified?

The listing will go up within 2-3 business days. Once published, you will be emailed with a link to the listing.

How can I remove my listing if I sell the boat?

Email us to notify us when the boat is “under contract” with a signed offer so that we can update the listing with to show it is “UNDER CONTRACT”. You can choose to receive other backup offers while negotiating the current offer OR we can remove the link to your email contact and stop all offers coming in while negotiating. If the deal falls through, we will reactivate the listing upon request. When the boat is sold, please advise us and we will mark the listing SOLD to stop all further inquiries to your email address.

Will Catamaran Guru be involved in the deal between buyer and seller?

Catamaran Guru will absolutely NOT be involved in any negotiations between buyer and seller and is not responsible for any dealings between buyer and seller. If buyer or seller retains us as a representative with a signed contract we will be the brokers of record, otherwise these negotiations are entirely between buyer and seller.


Catamaran Guru offers the details of any vessel advertised on its website in good faith, but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of any vessel. This website is not responsible for the actions or the non-actions of any boat owner.

Occasionally a boat will be listed here by a boat broker. Brokers are responsible for the accuracy of the boat information presented in their advertisements on this website. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate any boat details as the buyer desires validated. These vessels are offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.


Not all sellers use a broker, but it is very beneficial for buyers to utilize the knowledge and negotiation expertise of a broker. There are many facets involved in purchasing a yacht, for example; depending on where the boat is registered, there can be obstacles in documentation, surveys and more. Additionally, using a broker is not an extra expense as it should be worked into the price of the boat.