Used Boat-Buying Quiz, Part 2: Still Ready?

Good research takes serious patience. Jumping at the wrong boat can be worse than haing no boat at all.

A lot of people like the idea of going boating. They imagine sunsets quietly cruising across sun-dappled lagoons, pulling their children on water toys … [Read more...]

What Will Boat Buying Be Like In 10 Years?

Who knows, in the future there may be an app that can analyze the condition of fiberglass laminate.

I thought it would be a fun exercise to think about the future of boat buying. We’re all  prone to navel-gazing from time to time, so let’s focus … [Read more...]

Used Cars, Used Boats: Big Differences

Unlike auto assembly lines, boatbuilding operations are almost all labor-intensive -- few things are stamped out and mass-assembled. Photo courtesy of Hornet Marine.

I’ve always been against comparing used cars with used boats, and I've written about some of my concerns here in Boat Buyers: Beware of Auto Parts and … [Read more...]

Selling Used Boats With the Scarcity Principle

Classic Bertram 31s are sought-after boats. Newer Bertrams, too, have their followings. Some of them may even be "rare." But it takes research to know. Even then, is rare a good thing in this case?

Back in 2012, I highlighted some of the buzzwords and phrases to be wary of in ad copy for used boats. In that blog, I talked about the use of phrases … [Read more...]

Five Overlooked Used Runabout Brands

Rinker Boats has been in business almost 100 years and has a strong following despite not being a household name.

Before you label me a flip-flopper, yes, I have previously in this space advocated focusing your search on big name brands. And that's still a good approach. … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet On Used-Boat Classifieds

When using Boat Trader’s Price Checker, try choosing “Any Distance” from your zip code to get an idea of the range of prices, then zero in on local boats.

I hate to break this to you, but everyone selling a used boat has something to hide. It might be something innocuous like a stain on the snap-in carpeting, … [Read more...]

Used Boat Market: The Strong, Silent Type

New boats are nice, but used boats outsell new models by a wide margin. Photo Courtesy of Inland Auto and Boat.

Nothing sells like new. I've heard that time again, usually from guys I know in the boat business. They're right, of course. New models get the press, … [Read more...]

Add a Sea Strainer to Ward Off Debris

A sea strainer with a see-through lid makes it easy to check for debris clogging.

One of the first things I do on a used boat is change all the fluids. The second thing I do is add a sea strainer. Here’s why. A sea strainer filters … [Read more...]

Boatbuilding Materials: Wood Can Be Good

Fiberglass-encapsulated wood stringers absorb a lot of energy from pounding through waves and chop.

  I see lots of manufacturers boasting that their boats have no wood used in their construction. There’s nothing wrong with that, and most … [Read more...]

Bravo One or Alpha One: Which Would You Pick?

Bravo One drives were built to handle more power than an Alpha One. When used for lower horsepower applications, they are practically bulletproof.

Let’s say you’re looking at two boats that are identical except for two items. They both have V8s with roughly the same hours. One is more expensive … [Read more...]



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