Cobalt 25SC Review

At the stern, the 25SC comes fitted with a wide rear bench that converts to an aft-facing sun pad and lounge.

Cobalt roils the water with a luxury runabout that runs on outboard power. This article originally appeared on boats.com. Reprinted by permission. There … [Read more...]

Used Boat Buying Quiz: Are You Ready for This?

You may locate a used boat you've been dreaming about, but take a deep breath and consider whether you're ready for the project list after you've made the purchase.

It’s probably safe to say not everyone is cut out for the rigors of used-boat ownership. Before you let your boat-buying fever get ahead of you and your … [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. Doug Logan photo.

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...]

Bryant Speranza: Punching Above its Weight

Save the bow for the kids, and add the playpen-style filler cushion to get the most from that space.

It’s hard to believe how much Bryant packs into its new Speranza runabout. This article originally appeared on boats.com. Republished by permission.  If … [Read more...]

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.

Larson's LXH 190 I/O blurs the line between runabout and deckboat, and does it beautifully. This article originally appeared on boats.com. Republished … [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...]

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...]


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