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Choosing a Boat: The Versatile Walkaround

Walkaround boats like this Pro-Line offer a good combination of versatility, comfort, performance, and and economy.

The interminable question for boaters everywhere is, "What boat would you buy if you could only buy one?"  It’s the question we all deal with because, … [Read more...]

Boat Shopping: Patience is a Virtue

No matter how tempting a boat dealer makes thes the view, you owe it to yourself to be patient and look at the deal with a clear perspective. Doug Logan photo.

We live in a time when there so many choices available to us every day that we often don’t have the “mental bandwidth” to process it all. The condition … [Read more...]

Used Boat Sales Tactics: Commitment and Consistency

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In social science research, much work has been done in "commitment and consistency," which can make their appearances as sales tactics  in day-to-day … [Read more...]

New to Boating? 10 Tips for Making the Right Buying Decision

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The challenge of buying a boat, either new or used, can be one of the most daunting and exciting tasks that you'll ever face, especially if you're a newcomer. … [Read more...]

10 Things to Ask Your Boat Dealer Before You Buy 

Does your dealership participate in any events with customers -- raft-ups, poker runs, or picnics? Events like that show a long-term commitment. Photo courtesy of boatinglakemead.com.

Buying any boat, new or used, is enough of a commitment to justify some really careful planning, including solid ideas of where you'll keep the boat, … [Read more...]

Used Boat Sales Tactics: Social Proof

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In the past few months I've written about a number of techniques that professional salespeople might use in your dealings with them when it comes to buying … [Read more...]

Boat Transport: Shipping by Truck

This powerboat is shink-wrapped, strapped down on the trailer, and ready to roll to a new home in the sunnier south. Photo credit: Dave Pugsley

There was a time when I never would have bought anything I had to drive more than five hours to go and get, but the Internet has changed all that. I once … [Read more...]

Used Boat Detective Work: Diagnostic Tools

The Rinda TechMate diagnostic tool is pricy, but scans a lot of engine functions.

If you look at a lot of used boats or like to do you your own maintenance, it’s best to have a good selection of tools on hand. (I've mentioned compression … [Read more...]

What’s Inside That Center-Console? Five Surprises

The Chris-Craft Catalina 34 has impressive amenities below the console -- and lots of light. Note the horizontal window over the sunpad.

Time was when center-console boats were pretty small and had single engines, and the only things under the consoles themselves were engine batteries, wiring, … [Read more...]

Used Boat Sales Tactics: Rejection, Retreat, Revision

A seller's revised offer may be an improvement over the first, but it doesn't mean it has reached a level where it's to your advantage.

You will face a number of sales tactics when buying a used boat from a dealer or even when buying from a shrewd private owner. I've already mentioned some … [Read more...]


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