Best Boat Deals: Expert’s Choice, Vol. 1

2011 Sea Ray 185 Sport

Every boater likes to click through used boat listings, do some daydreaming, make some plans -- even those who already have a boat.  It's a kind of … [Read more...]

Pontoon Boats: Get ‘Em While They’re Hot

Larson's Escape pontoons are a bold foray into a big market.

There is a big bright spot in the marine industry at present, and I must admit I’m at a bit of a loss to explain it. Pontoon boats are hot. How hot … [Read more...]

Cobalt Boats Gives Back to Military Families

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Cobalt Boats has initiated a program of giving that helps the children of military veterans killed or disabled in combat to achieve their dream of going … [Read more...]

What to Look for on a Sea Trial

On your sea-trial, take the boat through a series of left and right turns, checking for play or friction in the steering, prop cavitation, and any unusual sounds.

If you can’t afford a marine surveyor, you will need to rely on yourself to perform the sea trial. By the time you get to this stage of the buying process, … [Read more...]

Choosing a Boat: The Versatile Walkaround

Walkaround boats like this Pro-Line offer a good combination of versatility, comfort, performance, and and economy.

The interminable question for boaters everywhere is, "What boat would you buy if you could only buy one?"  It’s the question we all deal with because, … [Read more...]

Remote Oil Filters Make Maintenance Easier

Oil filter relocation kits aren't very expensive and can make a dreaded but important chore much easier.

I used to have a toolbox that was so disorganized that I’d never want to work on anything because I didn’t feel like going through the hassle of finding … [Read more...]

Engine Hours on a Used Boat: Trust But Verify

Rinda's TechMate diagnostic tool can help with determining engine hours on a used boaat with digital fuel injection.

If the boat you’re considering has an aftermarket hour meter, and it seems a bit too low to be true, is there a way to verify what it says? In some cases, … [Read more...]

Boat Shopping: Patience is a Virtue

No matter how tempting a boat dealer makes thes the view, you owe it to yourself to be patient and look at the deal with a clear perspective. Doug Logan photo.

We live in a time when there so many choices available to us every day that we often don’t have the “mental bandwidth” to process it all. The condition … [Read more...]

Used Boat Sales Tactics: Commitment and Consistency

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In social science research, much work has been done in "commitment and consistency," which can make their appearances as sales tactics  in day-to-day … [Read more...]

New Volvo Penta Forward Drive Could Be a Game Changer

With Forward Drive, wake surfing behind a stern-drive boat is now an option.

Sitting somewhat inconspicuously in the corner of the Four Winns booth at the Miami International Boat Show was a new model dubbed the TS222. It wasn’t … [Read more...]



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