Tips for Boat Buyers

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BoatsBank Offers Loans at Low Rates

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Want to buy a boat but need financing? Want to refinance your current boat loan? Check out BoatsBank, boats.com’s recently expanded consumer boat loan … [Read more...]

Finding the Right Boat Dealer

A reputable dealership is likely to provide good service after a sale, whether you're buying used or new.

You have three choices when it comes to buying a used boat: private party, broker, or dealer. There are advantages to all three, and it’s ultimately … [Read more...]

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...]

Preparing Your Boat to Sell: Winter Work Is Worth It

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Hopefully you’ve winterized and covered your boat by now. As temperatures drop, your hopes of selling your boat may also be depressed. The good news … [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...]

Choosing a Tow Vehicle for Your Boat

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A few years back I identified the boat I would buy next. It’s a trailerable boat that I can store in my yard and launch with either a yacht club hoist … [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...]



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