Hull Cores in Used Boats

End-grain balsa has physical properties that make it an excellent core material in boats when it's properly installed. Photo courtesy of AirexBaltekBanova.

For performance applications and some higher-end used boats, the ads often will tout foam or balsa core construction. But what does that mean exactly? You … [Read more...]

Five Great Destinations for Trailer Boats: Orlando Area

A canal in the Winter Park chain of lakes. Photo courtesy of Winter Park.

Central Florida is home to some of the most famous attractions and theme parks in the world, and it’s rightly known for those places -- but one thing … [Read more...]

Boat Towing: How Much Truck is Enough?

A truck with a 12,500-lb. towing capacity could be considered overkill for an 8,000-lb. boat -- but you also have to consider your local launch-ramp conditions, your towing terrain and distances, and your driving habits and mileage needs.

I’ve written about tow-vehicle power before, but it’s time to revisit the topic. Say you just purchased a used boat, but the truck you have just … [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...]

High-Performance Center-Consoles on the Used Boat Market

The Statement 34 is a good example of a high-performance center-console.

Back when the Great Recession hit, the performance boating market tanked. Banks piled up losses on repossessed performance boats—many of which were … [Read more...]

Four Great Destinations for Trailer Boats: Los Angeles Area

There are plenty of launching ramps on the shores of Lake Havasu. Photo courtesy of

Let me start this travel piece with a word of caution. California and the West are in the midst of a serious drought. I cannot be held responsible if you … [Read more...]

Best Boat Deals: Expert’s Choice — Sea Ray, Glastron, Boston Whaler

2000 Sea Ray 340 Amberjack

This story will be available in the future as part of Boat Trader's Best Boat Deals series,  but the boat listings below may not be. If you click … [Read more...]

Boat Buying Online: Look Without Looking

Interested in finding a used Sea Ray 210 Select? Get Boat Trader to monitor its listings for that model and send you alerts by mail.

One of my hobbies is “just looking” online. I look for a lot of different things -- mostly used boats and cars, houses, collectibles, watches, and … [Read more...]

Assess Your Boating Situation: Buy, Sell, or Upgrade?

Fall is often transition time for boaters. Some are shopping for boats to match their changing lifestyle.

Autumn can be bittersweet for boaters. The leaves are turning colors and some of us are getting in those last few cruises before we have to put the boat … [Read more...]

What is This, a Boat Owner’s Manual or a Release Waiver?

From all the warnings in owner's manuals these days, you might think boating was a little risky. (Winslow Homer, The Gulf Scream... no, Gulf Stream)

In doing research for a towboat review I was writing, I got drawn into the worm hole of the Internet and ended up leafing through its owner’s manual … [Read more...]