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Buying Used Sailboats

Obtaining a used sailboat may be a cost-effective way of begining in the sport and determining which boat is ultimately for you. This is especially true of buying an inexpensive one-design (dinghy) sailboat, which are simple to inspect and resell (if necessary). Buying used cruising or offshore sailboats can still be cost-effective, but have additional risks which should be considered. After you have read our Buying a Sailboat page, use the resources below to look for your desired used sailboat. When looking for small daysailer (dinghy) sailboats, don't forget to inquire at your local yacht/sail club about boats for sale by the club or by current members.  


Online Self-listing Services

These services provide varying levels of buyer protection (from none to dispute resolution), be sure to understand the terms of use and the type of service provided.


Buy and list used sailboats through Sail MichiganSailMichigan Boat Exchange - In an effort to give any sailboat a good home, this simple interface allows individuals and non-profits to post used sailboats for sale in the state of Michigan. SailMichigan does not verify or warrenty information provided here. 

Craigslist  - Clicking on this link will allow you to simultaneously search several regional (Michigan) Craigslist boating sites. You can customize your search for sailboats in general or for specific sailboat classes/types. This is a good start for finding personally listed sailboats which may be local to you.

Ebay  - This popular online auction site frequently has used boats listed. The widget below shows current items at auction using the default search term "Sailboat". You can customize your search by using  your own terms, i.e. the name of a sailboat class, in the widget below.


Other Online Commerical sites - The following are fee-based self-listing sites which contain a large number of sailboats for sale. Clicking on the following links will return searches of Michigan-located sailboats.  Sailboat, Boat


Used Sailboat Dealers

The Michigan-based dealers (brokers) below carry/sell a selection of used sailboats. Many are also new sailboat dealers. Brokerages can help your find a particular type of boat and many can help with inspections and financing. Typically, though not always, brokerages specialize in larger cruising and racing boats (>26').


  • All Seasons Marine - South Haven MI
  • Holland Yacht Sales -  Macatawa, MI
  • Great Lakes Sailboat Co. -  East Lansing, MI
  • Irish Boat Shop - Harbor Springs, MI or Charlevoix, MI
  • Midwest Sailing - Pinckney, MI
  • Port Sanilac Marina - Port Sanilac, MI
  • Portside Yacht Brokers - Spring Lake, MI
  • Sail Place Inc. -  Cedar Springs, MI
  • Sailsport Marine, LLC. - Traverse City, MI
  • Second Wind Sailing - Charlevoix, MI
  • St. Clair Sailboat Center - St. Clair Shores, MI
  • Torresen Marine - Muskegon, MI
  • Tower Marine Boat Sales -Saugatuck/Douglas, MI

If you are a boat dealer who exclusively sells sailboats, or has a substantial stock of used sailboats please contact us for potential inclusion on this list or for an enhancement of your current listing.


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