Meet the Absolute Boat Brokers team
Udo Edlinger – Director
Pic: Udo and the boys from Deadliest Catch
If you asked Udo Edlinger to sum himself up in just few words he’d say ‘I’m a water person’. Raised on the shores of Sydney’s beautiful Bondi beach with his father as his teacher and Sydney’s beaches and harbour as his classroom. Udo has learnt pretty much all there is to know about fishing, diving, surfing, boating and just about any other adventure junky activity you can think of in or out of the water.
At 40 Udo may be all grown up but his fascination and enthusiasm for the outdoors has never dwindled. Udo started Absolute Boat Brokers in 1995 after working for MDBS for fifteen years his knowledge of selling new and used boats is unsurpassed. Udo has sailed over 15,000 miles through the Pacific Ocean, regularly organises and oversees boating shoots for both still and motion pictures and once even had a brush with Hollywood fame when he drove the getaway boat in the block buster movie Mission Impossible II, filmed on Sydney’s Harbour. He also contributes to a whole host of fishing and boating magazines such as ‘Modern Fishing’ and ‘Trade a boat’.
Henry Minter- Director
Pic: Henry on the 300ft Royal Huisman ‘Athena’
Henry was born, raised and educated in Sydney and spent most of his childhood around the Sydney Harbour foreshores. You could find him in a canoe fishing around Double Bay everyday after school or sailing with his grandfather on the well known classic, ‘Narrawi’.
During these early days of exploring the harbour Henry discovered that boating and water sports came naturally and quickly became an intriguel part of his life till today. Henry is a keen skier, sailor, hunter and aviation enthusiast and spends any chance he can get outdoors. Henry has been with Absolute Boat brokers since 2003 and became a director of the company late in 2007.
Why choose us?
We are right in the heart of Sydney Harbour in Point Piper giving you twice as much coverage across Sydney. We have experienced brokers in our team who work as a team not individually as most other brokerages do. This ensures a much better performance.
Our website www.aboat.com.au is one of the most frequented in the industry and linked with other national and international websites such a www.boatpoint.com.au , www.azboats.com.au. All websites are updated in house on a daily basis, making it completely up to date. We do not employ pushy sales people, as a result our friendly brokers retain more interested buyers. We are totally seller orientated. We are working for you, and will keep you up to date with the whole process.
You will only have two contacts to deal with in our team which takes the confusion out of dealing with a large company, but can also feel secure in that with our team you get 100% commitment. We are operated by boaties for boaties and we are also active members of Sydney’s boating, fishing & yacht clubs and are involved with many potential buyers through actively spreading the word about your unique vessel.
How can you confirm we are the best?
· Ask people in the boat clubs & marinas.
· Visit our office
· Phone us, even after hours we are on the phone and happy to help. We recognize that many buyers will want to talk out of working hours.
So what will it cost?
There are no costs upfront unless you wish to buy additional advertising. We can offer ¼ page ads in Trade a Boat for $250 or ½ page for $500 per month. Ask for other publications we recommend. Our commissions are based by the NSW Marine Brokers Association whereby the vendor pays the broker a commission only on the successful sale of the vessel.
So what’s the deal?
$50,000 to $99,999 8% + GST
$100,000 to $199,999 7% + GST
$200,000 to $299,999 6% + GST
$300,000 and over 5% + GST
Help us to help you sell your boat?
What can you do to help the process?
If you take the real estate jargon to the boating world, it is not “location, location, location”, but alternatively “condition, condition, condition”. Condition is king when it comes to buying and selling boats. Unlike cars which can be easily valued depending on factors such as age, engine, colour etc, boats do not conform to the same easily applied rule. First impressions are the most important thing in selling your boat, along with routine maintenance issues, keeping the boat clean and tidy (clutter free) takes some effort.
Things to do:-
Keep the boat clean, uncluttered and presentable. Clean your boat. Be careful not to just do a cosmetic job. Buyers have the habit of looking in nooks and crannies that you may not have seen since you bought the boat. If you are serious about selling the boat, have it looking its best, spend the time (or money) having it thoroughly cleaned from tip to toe and keep it that way while it’s on the market. (we can recommend cleaners should you require)
The head: Although not always of primary importance, a smelly boat will put buyers off straight away. Keep your toilet gleaming and condition so it is odour free. Should it smell this may indicate trouble hoses and or sewerage systems that will put buyers off. It is worth having the head working and functioning odour free to make a good impression.
The bilge: The most forgotten area in most boats. Most knowledgeable buyers will look into the bilge as it says a lot about how the boat has been maintained. A clean dry bilge is ideal.
The Inboard Engine: The second most forgotten area in most boats. A clean shiny well painted engine sings chapters of self expression for the boats maintenance. Oily greasy engines send alarm signals. Wipe everything down, even the smallest spaces, get out your old toothbrush and get the greasy dust out between all the hard to reach areas. It should be clean, smell clean and be gleaming.
Outboard Motors: All motors will be tested and in the case of outboards they are no different. The general rule of thumb is, if it is built by one of the main manufacturers, less than say 15hp and well maintained they are generally bullet proof. It is however important that it runs smoothly so make sure you have fresh (less than 1 month old) fuel on board!
Cabin: Make sure everything works, electric lights, any navigation equipment. Make sure the stove is working and freshly polished. Tidy up all storage lockers even those rarely used ones and take off ALL items that are not needed on board the boat. Too much clutter creates a bad impression. Just as important as ‘Clean’ is ‘de-clutter’. De-clutter everything, neatness and cleanliness sell.
Sails: Most boats used for cruising do not have perfect sails, its one of those basic facts. However a sellers assessment of “good” condition and that of the buyer may vary wildly. A little known fact is that it costs very little to have a sail maker clean and repair sails and can also give an unbiased report on the whole sail wardrobe. We can arrange this for you through our partner Doyle Sails.
Listing equipment: Do not list equipment on the specification sheet if it is in poor condition or does not work. If something is broken, repair it or take it off the boat.
Availability: We recognize that it is your boat and after all you still may want to go off into the big blue. Please do let us know in advance (if possible) if you are planning to take your boat out. After all we can’t sell it if its not there.
Service Manuals: Any information to back up the boat has been well maintained will help you sell her. If possible leave copies of any paperwork including service history with us to display to buyers.
Trust us: After all we are here to help you. Ask us “what can I do that’s not too expensive but will help me sell the boat”? We know what we are talking about and it is often easy for us to see small things that can make a big difference.
The last word: No boats are guaranteed to sell fast, even if everything is in tip top condition and smells of freshly cut roses. There is no magic formula to tell how long a boat will take to sell, but generally boats stay on the market too long for two reasons.
If there is something wrong with the boat.
If the boat is over priced.
Get your boat ready
Have us value it, we act for Club Marine Insurance and this will take approx 1hr as we will also take digital photo’s.
Fill out an Authority To Sell
Pay any additional advertising you may want (if any)
Keep the boat clean and tidy and available