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


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

flybridge enclosures

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


The 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, even though I don’t need another, I just as often look at gently used … [Read more...]

Heavy Weather Boating

storm waves

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


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