Tips for Boat Buyers

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How to Remove a Painted Boat Name: Try Easy-Off

For painted-on names, some people use Easy-Off over cleaner as a removal remedy.

True story: A guy brings home a used boat he just bought, and he is just beaming. His wife comes out, says nothing at first, then points to the boat and … [Read more...]

Buying a Boat with a Partner

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Partnering with someone else to buy a boat may be a good option for people with common interests. The partnering advantage comes from shared activities … [Read more...]

Marine Engine Oil: Avoiding Viscosity Breakdown

Oil in a marine engine, such as this 4.3-liter GM V6, must be changed at regular intervals to avoid viscosity breakdown, fuel dilution, and moisture contamination.

Complete service records for a used boat you are considering purchasing are a good way to judge how well it has been cared for. Changing oil at the proper … [Read more...]

Salt-Neutralizing for Marine Engines: Royal Flush

Volvo-Penta's QL Neutra-Salt Engine-Flushing System

Even before you buy your first boat, you know it’s essential to flush your engines after running in salt water. But even if you flush your engines religiously, … [Read more...]

Boat Canvas: Increased Value and Comfort

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Buying a used boat has one big advantage over buying a new one: all that expensive equipment a new owner purchases to outfit his boat comes standard on … [Read more...]

Compression and Leak Down Testing: Squeeze Play

If you're mechanically inclined, you can use your own compression-testing kit, or you can hire a marine mechanic to go through the process.

If you're looking at a used boat with an older engine, or an engine that you think might not have been well-maintained, it makes sense to run a couple … [Read more...]

2012 Boston Whaler 230 Dauntless: Video Boat Review

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The Boats.com review team says this center console gives fishermen the features they demand and families the comfort they deserve. Search our full inventory … [Read more...]

Tow Vehicles: How Big is Big Enough?

Sure, it's a mighty impressive truck, but you don't need that much might to pull the family runabout.

In addition to spending far too much time looking at used boats on BoatTrader.com, even though I don’t need another, I just as often look at gently used … [Read more...]

Heavy Weather Boating

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Two incidents recently reminded me of things we all should know about boating in rough weather conditions. The first involved my participation on someone … [Read more...]

Video: Harris Flotebote Sunliner 200 Boat Review

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The reviewers over at Boats.com dive into this value-oriented party pontoon boat from Harris Flotebote. Looking for a different review? Search our video … [Read more...]