Buying

What is a Tow Sports Boat?

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We've talked elsewhere about the pros and cons of various boat types — walkarounds, center-consoles, pontoons, and so on — and have said more than … [Read more...]

How to Buy a Used Boat

Sea trials are always exciting, but don't let emotion rule you., and if you're new to the game take along an experienced friend and/or your surveyor.

Whether you’re eyeing an old, beaten-up fiberglass skiff for crabbing or you’re dreaming about a rugged trawler that will help satisfy your dreams … [Read more...]

A Landlubber’s Guide to Boat Buying

Be patient. Shop the boat shows with a game plan.

Boat Trader's editors were recently asked by InsideHook.com to answer some questions that a first-time boat buyer might ask. The Q/A, with minor adjustments, … [Read more...]

Boat Advertising Copy: Beware the Buzz

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There's a joke in real estate ads about certain watch words that don’t necessarily mean what the writer wants you to think they mean, but something else … [Read more...]

Visiting a Boat Show? Make a Game Plan

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One of the best things you can do to stave off the winter doldrums and start getting psyched for spring is to visit a big boat show. (Here's a list of … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet On Used-Boat Classifieds

Every used boat has its secrets. Detective work takes place online and on the ground.

I hate to break this to you, but every used boat has problems that its owner wishes weren't there, maybe something innocuous like a stain on the snap-in … [Read more...]

Inside MarineMax, Part 4 — Building the Boating Lifestyle

Getaways that bring boaters together from across different regions are MarineMax stores’ signature events.

Showing people how to have fun with their boats and fall in love with the boating lifestyle is MarineMax’s central tenet. This article originally … [Read more...]

Inside MarineMax, Part 3 — An All-Inclusive Approach

MarineMax Getaways events are hosted by each store and offer opportunities not only for fun but also to learn more from staff and other owners along for the trip.

The boats.com team toured a variety MarineMax stores to speak with staff members in sales, business, service, training, and marketing to learn how the … [Read more...]

Inside MarineMax, Part 2 — A Simpler Process is the Priority

The MarineMax staff at Lakes of the Ozarks is one of several MarineMax teams focused on simplifying everything possible for customers.

Due to its scale, MarineMax aims to create a one-stop shopping experience for customers. This article originally appeared on boats.com. Reprinted … [Read more...]

Inside MarineMax, Part 1 — It’s Not About Buying the Boat

MarineMax stages Getaways events from every one of their stores, including trips to the Bahamas.

What does the sales approach look like that helped MarineMax become the biggest boat dealer in the U.S.? This article originally appeared on boats.com. … [Read more...]


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