Fixing a Used Boat

I've owned more boats than I have fingers and all of them have been used. In fact, I've never owned a brand new boat. Oh, I commissioned dozens of new … [Read more...]

Advantages of Buying a Used Boat

Unless you are buying a classic wooden boat with particular pedigree, most boats don’t appreciate in value the way houses do—they depreciate.  They … [Read more...]

5 Winter Lay-up Tips for Your Boat

In many parts of the country, this is transition season, time to haul and winterize your boat.  Fall haul-out nearly matches the urgency level of spring … [Read more...]

Plan Your Annual Boat Budget, Plus Money-Saving Tips

There is no doubt that the boating lifestyle can be expensive.  Just how expensive depends on the size of the boat, where you keep it, and what you do … [Read more...]

Engine Starter Woes or Click, Click, Nothing!

It is the middle of the night, and we’ve been sailboat racing offshore for 14 hours so the batteries are draining down. We decide to start the engine … [Read more...]

End of the Season Cheap Boats

Fall can be a very good time to buy a boat, and not just for the new boat buyer who is taking advantage of the fall boat show discounts, but also for the … [Read more...]

Your Boat Ownership Love Affair

There is an old adage that says the two best days in a boat owner’s life are the day he buys and the day he sells. The statement combines all our dreams … [Read more...]

Diesel or Outboard Engine Maintenance

I was aboard a friend’s boat the other day when suddenly his small inboard diesel starting sending up plumes of white exhaust. We looked over the side … [Read more...]

Focus on Use When Buying a Boat

Years ago, I was in the market for a used boat. I came across a restored classic 40-foot wooden sloop with beautiful lines and I fell in love. The owner … [Read more...]