Boating

Bilge Pumps: Selecting One With the Right Stuff

A Rule submersible bilge pump. These submersible pumps are designed to be mounted where the action happens: right down in the bilge.

Whether we like it or not, boats leak. Yep, that’s right; even the finest, hand-built megayachts get water in their bilges for one reason or another. … [Read more...]

Used Boats and the Scarcity Principle

Classic Bertram 31s are sought-after boats. Newer Bertrams, too, have their followings. Some of them may even be "rare." But it takes research to know. Even then, is rare a good thing in this case?

Back in 2012, I highlighted some of the buzzwords and phrases to be wary of in ad copy for used boats. In that blog, I talked about the use of phrases … [Read more...]

Five Overlooked Used Runabout Brands

Rinker Boats has been in business almost 100 years and has a strong following despite not being a household name.

Before you label me a flip-flopper, yes, I have previously in this space advocated focusing your search on big name brands. And that's still a good approach. … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet On Used-Boat Classifieds

When using Boat Trader’s Price Checker, try choosing “Any Distance” from your zip code to get an idea of the range of prices, then zero in on local boats.

I hate to break this to you, but everyone selling a used boat has something to hide. It might be something innocuous like a stain on the snap-in carpeting, … [Read more...]

Jake Owen: I Just Love Being on a Boat

Country singer Jake Owen has loved boating since he was a kid.

There's never a dull moment on boats, and yet there are a lot of peaceful and thoughtful moments, too. All this is well-known to experienced boaters -- … [Read more...]

Used Boat Market: The Strong, Silent Type

New boats are nice, but used boats outsell new models by a wide margin. Photo Courtesy of Inland Auto and Boat.

Nothing sells like new. I've heard that time again, usually from guys I know in the boat business. They're right, of course. New models get the press, … [Read more...]

Boatbuilding Materials: Wood Can Be Good

Fiberglass-encapsulated wood stringers absorb a lot of energy from pounding through waves and chop.

  I see lots of manufacturers boasting that their boats have no wood used in their construction. There’s nothing wrong with that, and most … [Read more...]

Five Great Fishing Apps That Aren’t Fishing Apps

A full-fledged charting app in the palm of your hand--the Navionics Boating app.

If you’re an angler, it’s certainly no secret that you can find and download literally hundreds of different smartphone and tablet apps that promise … [Read more...]

Aquila 44: Power Cat with All the Angles

The Aquila 44 power cat is built of premium materials for longevity. Many of the design elements are both modernistic and practical.

All boat people are dreamers. One dream involves owning a platform big enough for family and friends to have a great time together, but also to have some … [Read more...]

Boat Trader Newsletter: Worth Signing Up For

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If you're a frequent visitor to Boat Trader (because you've got a persistent case of boats on the brain, like those of us who work here), you might want … [Read more...]



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