Tips for Boat Buyers

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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...]

Baby Boomer Boaters

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No one likes the idea of growing old. And the physical reality for the seventy-six million Americans that the U.S. Census Bureau estimates were born during … [Read more...]

Water-Pump Impeller: Priority One

On larger inboard engines, an impeller remover like the one made by Jabsco shown here, helps get the old unit out without damaging the pump housing.

Unless you have proof in the form of a receipt or confirmation from the shop that did the work, replacing the water-pump impeller should be one of the … [Read more...]

Boat Speed vs. Fuel Economy

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Given the current level of fuel prices and their volatility, it’s a good idea to be aware of fuel economy when shopping for a new or used boat. Then … [Read more...]

Right-sizing Your Boat

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Right-sizing in the corporate world means the elimination of jobs, but in the boating world it merely reflects a smart choice by boat owners matching their … [Read more...]



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