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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...]

Propeller Tuning? Really?

Having a stainless steel propeller “tuned” can produce real performance and efficiency gains.

If you’re looking at buying a used boat with a stainless propeller, but you’re a little concerned that it’s dinged up and needs to be replaced, be … [Read more...]

Used Boat Sales Tactics: The Old Give and Take

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I've been writing here recently about what influences us in the purchases of used boats — or any big-ticket item, for that matter. We have talked about … [Read more...]

Boat Buying: Line Up Your Financing

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I don’t know where you get your financial information, but most of the things I’m reading lately indicate we’ll soon be seeing interest rates begin … [Read more...]

Used Boat Part Sources: Latches and Locks

The new latch is installed -- and sealed better than the last one.

One of the hardest things to do when you buy a used boat is source replacement parts -- especially when things are out of warranty, or worse, when the … [Read more...]

Used Boat Sales: The Sudden Buddy Influence

Nice guy! Should that make a difference in how much you pay for used boat?! No!

I recently introduced you to a couple of sales techniques you need to be aware in an effort to get the best deal you can on a used boat. The Scarcity Principle and … [Read more...]

Used Boats: Water Intrusion and Moisture Meters

Moisture meters can range in price from reasonable to you’ve-got-to-be-kidding, but none of them, regardless of price, is foolproof. Further inspection for water intrusion will be necessary.

When you're looking at a used boat, water intrusion into the hull, deck, or stringers is definitely not something you want to see. It's a telltale sign … [Read more...]

Used Boats and the Authority Play

It's a classic -- take our word for it. Photo: WikiMedia Commons.

Recently I talked about the Scarcity Principle, how sellers often put it into play when selling a used boat, and how to decide for yourself just how much … [Read more...]



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