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


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...]

10 Boating Lessons Kids Should Know Before Climbing on Board


You can find boating tips for kids all over the Internet. BoatUS offers a bevy of them as do U.S. Power Squadrons, the American Boating Association, and … [Read more...]

10 Things to Ask Your Boat Dealer Before You Buy 

Does your dealership participate in any events with customers -- raft-ups, poker runs, or picnics? Events like that show a long-term commitment. Photo courtesy of boatinglakemead.com.

Buying any boat, new or used, is enough of a commitment to justify some really careful planning, including solid ideas of where you'll keep the boat, … [Read more...]

Boat Repairs: When to DIY and When to Pay a Pro

Boating is about being on the water, not spending more time working on it. Find what service and repairs you are comfortable doing, and farm the rest out to a professional. Photo by Brett Becker.

If you’re a handy boat owner, you probably do a lot of your own maintenance and repairs. However, there are jobs that are best left to the professionals. … [Read more...]

Used Boat Sales Tactics: Social Proof


In the past few months I've written about a number of techniques that professional salespeople might use in your dealings with them when it comes to buying … [Read more...]

Boat Transport: Shipping by Truck

This powerboat is shink-wrapped, strapped down on the trailer, and ready to roll to a new home in the sunnier south. Photo credit: Dave Pugsley

There was a time when I never would have bought anything I had to drive more than five hours to go and get, but the Internet has changed all that. I once … [Read more...]

Used Boat Detective Work: Diagnostic Tools

The Rinda TechMate diagnostic tool is pricy, but scans a lot of engine functions.

If you look at a lot of used boats or like to do you your own maintenance, it’s best to have a good selection of tools on hand. (I've mentioned compression … [Read more...]