Tips for Boat Buyers

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Buying a Boat? Start With a Cash Price

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Many of the used models you’ll find for sale on BoatTrader.com are offered by dealers, and that’s a good thing because there are pluses to buying from … [Read more...]

What About Diesel for Smaller Boats?

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Look through the classifieds on BoatTrader.com and one thing becomes clear. Big boats burn diesel. Small boats burn gasoline. Why is that? Yes, I know … [Read more...]

Boat Construction: The Benefits of Wood

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Composite construction has its pluses. So do wooden boats. We’ve all seen advertisements that tout the benefits of boats with no wood used in their … [Read more...]

Flooded Boats Can Offer Good Value

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After each natural disaster that involves huge amounts of water, the airwaves, newspapers and Internet are flush with reports on how to spot flood-damaged … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Repowering your Boat

Lack of engine access on some boats can add significant cost to any repower project.

I have estimated and overseen dozens of repower jobs—mostly on inboard powerboats over 30 feet, but also on I/O’s, sailboats, and outboard boats. Replacing … [Read more...]

Boat Financing: Credit is King

High credit scores and liquid funds are the keys to securing boat loans these days. Photo courtesy of Marketplace.org.

Four years ago, some marine lenders only cared about credit score. Some only cared about your debt-to-income ratio. Some banks cared more about your liquidity … [Read more...]

Boat Buying and Selling: Skip the Remorse

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Perhaps the best advice I ever got is one of the few rules that applies to both sides of a used boat transaction: Stop Selling after it’s sold, and Stop … [Read more...]

Used-Boat Buying Season

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I’ve been seeing lots of Facebook posts from friends who are taking their boats in for winter storage. People who also own snowmobiles aren’t so sad, … [Read more...]

Price Assessment: How Boat Brokers and Surveyors can Help

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Most people would prefer to sell their boats without a broker and not have to pay the broker’s fee. For smaller boats, less expensive boats, and common … [Read more...]

Used-Boat Benefits: A Little Something Extra

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It would be easiest just to find a decent used boat with a good service history and the telltale signs of good upkeep -- but the savvy shopper would do … [Read more...]


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