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...]

Flooded Boats Can Offer Good Value

Sandy Damage

After each natural disaster that involves huge amounts of water, the airwaves, newspapers and Internet are flush with reports on how to spot flood-damaged … [Read more...]

Boat Financing: Credit is King

High credit scores and liquid funds are the keys to securing boat loans these days. Photo courtesy of Marketplace.org.

Four years ago, some marine lenders only cared about credit score. Some only cared about your debt-to-income ratio. Some banks cared more about your liquidity … [Read more...]

Performance Upgrades: 4 Ways to Buy Better Speed

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Not long after people get a new-to-them boat out on the water, they begin to wonder how they can make it go faster. Well, after you've eliminated needless … [Read more...]

Boat Buying and Selling: Skip the Remorse

buyers remorse

Perhaps the best advice I ever got is one of the few rules that applies to both sides of a used boat transaction: Stop Selling after it’s sold, and Stop … [Read more...]

Used-Boat Buying Season

new boats

I’ve been seeing lots of Facebook posts from friends who are taking their boats in for winter storage. People who also own snowmobiles aren’t so sad, … [Read more...]



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