Test-Drive Trivia: Knock, Knock?

Mercruiser U-Joint

If you're ever test-driving a used stern-drive boat and you hear a knocking or thumping sound coming from the transom, but only when the drive is turned … [Read more...]

Marine Engines: EFI vs. Carbureted Models

The Volvo Penta 4.3-liter V6 with EFI

Say you’re looking at two lightly used runabouts with Volvo Penta propulsion. One is a 2011 model with a base 4.3-liter V6 with 50 hours on it. The other … [Read more...]

Used-Boat All-Star: Bayliner 2452

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“Price reduced! too good to miss! 24 ft 1993 Bayliner Classic 2452 cruiser is in GREAT SHAPE! NEW 5.0 liter mercury with Alpha outdrive professionally … [Read more...]

Boat Maintenance: The Satisfaction of Hard Work

It's a fact: fixing up and maintaining boats can be hard, painful work. It's also some of the most satisfying work you can find.

As I begin to type this blog, I look down at the backs of my hands, and they look like they’ve been put through a cotton gin. My hands ache from tugging … [Read more...]

Used Boat Buying: Shop the Shows, Then Be Patient

Grady White boat show price

Buying used is a great way to get into boating for far less than buying new, but it requires patience. Lots of it. Here’s why. The wise used-boat … [Read more...]

Polishing Aluminum: Curb Appeal for Your Boat

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Typically, aluminum on a boat is either anodized, powder-coated, or bare metal. How it looks on the boat you’re selling can have an effect on the price … [Read more...]

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

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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...]



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