Tips for Boat Buyers

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Anchors Aweigh!

Pivoting shank or danforth type aluminum anchors are lightweight and work best in sand.

What kind of anchors come with the boat you’re looking to buy?  Those long lists of equipment included in the sale aren’t usually very descriptive—at … [Read more...]

Lifting Keels

Brigadoon VII, a Bill tripp Jr. design is an example of larger offshore performance cruisers using lifting-keels

A few months ago, I suggested that anyone thinking of buying a boat should focus on use to identify the boat that is right for them. I’m taking my own … [Read more...]

Inboard or Outboard? The Boat You’ll Buy Next

Outboards are easy to replace, and new models are quiet and environmentally friendly.

You’re in the market for a new boat, you know where you're going to keep it so you know the general size and draft constraints.  You've thought about … [Read more...]

Do You Need a Marine Surveyor?

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Some years ago, I would have always advised anyone buying a boat to have it surveyed by a professional certified marine surveyor.  That is no longer the … [Read more...]

Grooming Your Boat to Sell

With the backlog of boats on the market, it is essential that your boat stand out from the crowd if you want to sell it. Put yourself in the buyer’s … [Read more...]

Advantages of Buying a Used Boat

Unless you are buying a classic wooden boat with particular pedigree, most boats don’t appreciate in value the way houses do—they depreciate.  They … [Read more...]

Plan Your Annual Boat Budget, Plus Money-Saving Tips

There is no doubt that the boating lifestyle can be expensive.  Just how expensive depends on the size of the boat, where you keep it, and what you do … [Read more...]

End of the Season Cheap Boats

Fall can be a very good time to buy a boat, and not just for the new boat buyer who is taking advantage of the fall boat show discounts, but also for the … [Read more...]

You’ve decided to buy a boat!

As a new contributor to this boating blog I’m thrilled at the opportunity to make your dreams of boat ownership easy and fun.  In the coming weeks, … [Read more...]

Choose a Home for Your Boat

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Unless you have waterfront property with your own mooring, where you contract to keep your boat stored will definitely impact what you buy and how much … [Read more...]