Larson LXH 190 I/O: A New Kind of Crossover

In stern-drive form, the LXH 190 I/O still looks sporty yet has the room of a deckboat.

This article originally appeared on boats.com. Republished by permission. Last fall when Larson introduced a new 19’ platform, the LXH 190 bowrider, we … [Read more...]

Five Boat Shopping Mistakes To Avoid

If a 2007 Sea Ray 260 Sundancer is the boat you want, then you need to be patient in finding one, willing to travel to see it, and clear about both equipment and cost.

You hear the stories at the local watering holes all the time -- those tales of woe from people whose boats don’t quite measure up. We call them “shoulda, … [Read more...]

How to Write a Classified Ad For Your Boat

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The key to marketing your boat as a private seller is to create an ad that stimulates interest, but doesn’t come across as too, well, “sales-y.” … [Read more...]

Owning a Trailerable Boat: Hidden Costs

If you’re not blessed with a big driveway, make sure to calculate the costs of remote storage — it can be expensive, especially under a roof.

One thing they won’t tell you—and whatever “they” you have in mind is fine with me—is that there are a number of ongoing costs associated with … [Read more...]

Fun Behind the Boat: Which Watersport Works for You?

Towable tubes have come a long way. Some are made for multiple riders. Photo courtesy of Rave Sports.

If you’re new to boating or simply not plugged into the watersports market, the array of fun things you can do behind your boat can be dizzying. There … [Read more...]

Used Boats, New Engines

This old Mako has been fitted out with a modern Yamaha four-stroke. New power on an old boat can mean a good deal.

As you browse through Boat Trader listings, keep a lookout for ads showing older boats with newer engines. You may not necessarily be looking for this … [Read more...]

Five Tips for Ramp Launching

When it comes to launching a boat from a trailer—and recovering it—we realize that people's skills run the gamut from none to plenty. So we're walking … [Read more...]

All About Boat Trailers

A sparkly clean boat in perfect working order won’t impress buyers if the trailer it’s sitting on is a mess. Make sure yours looks as good as this one before you put it up for sale. Photo courtesy of Shadow Trailers.

When we shop for boats, we look critically at the boat. We scrutinize its condition and whether it will meet our needs. On the other hand we probably don’t … [Read more...]

Inboard Boat Engines Are Not Car Engines

Ilmor's MV10 engine is based on the powerplant of the Dodge Viper, but has been completely reengineered for harsh marine use.

I've talked a lot in this blog about the differences between boats and cars -- how they're built and serviced differently, and how their wiring and other … [Read more...]

Chaparral 243 Vortex VRX: Get Set for the Jets

The 243 is Chaparral’s top-of-the-chart model in a lineup of six jet boats, and there’s a lot to like about it .

After the 1990s when the PWC market cooled off, jet boat sales cooled as well—until the resurgence in jet popularity, documented in New Jet Boats: A … [Read more...]


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