Diesel Power for Tow-Sports Boats

Cummins MerCruiser 3-liter TDI, 265 horsepower.

Not long ago, I advocated the use of diesels in runabouts, but then another notion hit me like a freight train. What about tow boats? A diesel is perfect … [Read more...]

How to Shine Chrome on a Boat

chrome. courtesy perko.300

Most of the steel bits on boats are stainless, and for good reason. But some is chrome, and if not cared for properly, it can really detract from the boat’s … [Read more...]

Used Boat Deals: Engineless Boats, Boatless Engines

225 4-strokes

What follows is yet another way to drive your significant other crazy. So, know that going in. Generally speaking, a boat without an engine is priced … [Read more...]

When Buying a Used Boat, Check That Trailer

Beaten-up trailers and cheap trailers are a hidden cost of a used boat.

There are lots of good deals on used boats on BoatTrader.com. I have to deny myself many of them. Well, almost all of them, but that’s not the point. … [Read more...]

Favorite Tools For Used-Boat Maintenance

Working on used boats calls for a dedicated set of trusted tools.

If you’re looking for a used boat, I’m going to assume you’re handy with tools. If not, you will be soon. I have a few tools I can’t do without, … [Read more...]

One Boat, Two Outdrive Options: Bravo One or Bravo Three?

Mercury Bravo 3

OK, say you’ve narrowed your search to two boats. Both are the same model from the same manufacturer. Both are the same price and have the same engine. … [Read more...]

Finding the Right Boat Dealer

A reputable dealership is likely to provide good service after a sale, whether you're buying used or new.

You have three choices when it comes to buying a used boat: private party, broker, or dealer. There are advantages to all three, and it’s ultimately … [Read more...]

Buying a Boat? Start With a Cash Price

cash price

Many of the used models you’ll find for sale on BoatTrader.com are offered by dealers, and that’s a good thing because there are pluses to buying from … [Read more...]

What About Diesel for Smaller Boats?

Yanmar on rack

Look through the classifieds on BoatTrader.com and one thing becomes clear. Big boats burn diesel. Small boats burn gasoline. Why is that? Yes, I know … [Read more...]

Boat Construction: The Benefits of Wood

PT Skiff

Composite construction has its pluses. So do wooden boats. We’ve all seen advertisements that tout the benefits of boats with no wood used in their … [Read more...]