Buying

Budgeting for Boat Maintenance: How Hands On Will You Be?

Even a relatively simple center-console will have a list of maintenance chores to perform. This Contender carries twin Yamaha 300s, an electronics suite, bottom paint, livewell pumps, and other features that will need regular attention. Paul Cronin photo.

This article originally appeared on boats.com. Republished by permission.    Anyone who thinks about investing in a boat bigger than a … [Read more...]

Advantages of Buying a Used Boat

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

Five Boat Shopping Mistakes To Avoid

If a 2007 Sea Ray 260 Sundancer is the boat you want, then you need to be patient in finding one, willing to travel to see it, and clear about both equipment and cost.

You hear the stories at the local watering holes all the time -- those tales of woe from people whose boats don’t quite measure up. We call them “shoulda, … [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...]

Owning a Trailerable Boat: Hidden Costs

If you’re not blessed with a big driveway, make sure to calculate the costs of remote storage — it can be expensive, especially under a roof.

One thing they won’t tell you—and whatever “they” you have in mind is fine with me—is that there are a number of ongoing costs associated with … [Read more...]

Best Boat Deals: Expert’s Choice—Jones Brothers, Beneteau, Bertram

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For a die-hard boater without quite enough time for a fishing trip on a rainy, lazy Sunday, it's hard to beat an hour or two of clicking and scrolling … [Read more...]

Choosing a Boat: Center-Console Pros and Cons

Boats that were brand new a few years ago, like this 2014 Stamas 289 Tarpon, are now showing up on the used market at reduced prices.

Every boat is a compromise. It's a fact of life. So when you’re trying to find a boat that fits your on-water lifestyle you know there’s no such thing … [Read more...]

Boat Buyers Beware Grimy Engines and Bilges

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If you’re looking at a used boat, pay close attention to the outward appearance of the engine. Is it clean or grimy with oil? Are there rusty areas under … [Read more...]

Best Boat Deals: Expert’s Choice—Grady-White, Carver, Supra

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If variety is the spice of life then this month’s perusal of the listings here on boattrader.com are spicy indeed. Among the thousands of listings on … [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...]


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