Boating

Are Boats Built in the Recession Holding Their Value Better?

Fewer boats were built during the Great Recession. Are those boats -- now used -- holding their value better than boats built during boom years?

Something occurred to me when I was looking at motorhomes on RVTrader.com. Not that I’m in the market right now, but if I were, I’d be looking for … [Read more...]

Where are the Runabout Diesels? Come On! 

This MerCruiser V6 is based on the proven Volkswagen TDI diesel.

OK, it's time for my annual appeal to the boatbuilding industry: Where are the diesel runabouts? Hello? How can I buy a used one in a couple of years if … [Read more...]

Dealing With Waste Aboard: Holding Tank 101

A marine holding tank.

Back in the bad old days, having a marine head aboard was a relatively trouble-free proposition—you simply pumped the head and flushed the waste overboard. … [Read more...]

Beware of Grubby Marinas and Boatyards

Asking for trouble: loose, sagging wires in the water, broken PVC conduit, splintery dock planks, untended fuel tank, and more.

Sometimes a dirty, dangerous, poorly kept marina or boatyard is the only game in town. Well, if you can keep your boat at a better place 30 miles down … [Read more...]

Top 10 Signs You Need a New-to-You Boat

When even Asian carp won't jump in for a ride, you know it's time for a change. (Photo: WikiMedia Commons)

Before you can fix a problem, you must first recognize you have one. Everyone knows that, but knowing something and doing something about it are two entirely … [Read more...]

Marine Heads: Portable and Pump-Through

A manual marine head. Note the hand pump on the right side of the bowl.

Figuring out what to do when nature calls on the water has been a problem since man started messing about in boats. At some point, we even decided to become … [Read more...]

Google Earth for Cruise Planning

Google Earth lets you plan a simple route in nautical miles.

It feels a bit silly to be writing this, because I keep thinking everyone knows how great Google Earth is as a basic navigation tool when you're planning … [Read more...]

Used Boat-Buying Quiz, Part 2: Still Ready?

Good research takes serious patience. Jumping at the wrong boat can be worse than haing no boat at all.

A lot of people like the idea of going boating. They imagine sunsets quietly cruising across sun-dappled lagoons, pulling their children on water toys … [Read more...]

Submersible Bilge Pumps: Installing One Like the Pros

A bilge pump/float switch combo.

If you’ve ever taken a close look at your bilge, you’d likely admit that it’s probably the nastiest place on your boat, even if you do your best … [Read more...]

Used Cars, Used Boats: Big Differences

Unlike auto assembly lines, boatbuilding operations are almost all labor-intensive -- few things are stamped out and mass-assembled. Photo courtesy of Hornet Marine.

I’ve always been against comparing used cars with used boats, and I've written about some of my concerns here in Boat Buyers: Beware of Auto Parts and … [Read more...]


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