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Used Boats and the Authority Play

It's a classic -- take our word for it. Photo: WikiMedia Commons.

Recently I talked about the Scarcity Principle, how sellers often put it into play when selling a used boat, and how to decide for yourself just how much … [Read more...]

Are Boats Built in the Recession Holding Their Value Better?

Fewer boats were built during the Great Recession. Are those boats -- now used -- holding their value better than boats built during boom years?

Something occurred to me when I was looking at motorhomes on RVTrader.com. Not that I’m in the market right now, but if I were, I’d be looking for … [Read more...]

Beware of Grubby Marinas and Boatyards

Asking for trouble: loose, sagging wires in the water, broken PVC conduit, splintery dock planks, untended fuel tank, and more.

Sometimes a dirty, dangerous, poorly kept marina or boatyard is the only game in town. Well, if you can keep your boat at a better place 30 miles down … [Read more...]

Top 10 Signs You Need a New-to-You Boat

When even Asian carp won't jump in for a ride, you know it's time for a change. (Photo: WikiMedia Commons)

Before you can fix a problem, you must first recognize you have one. Everyone knows that, but knowing something and doing something about it are two entirely … [Read more...]

Used Boat-Buying Quiz, Part 2: Still Ready?

Good research takes serious patience. Jumping at the wrong boat can be worse than haing no boat at all.

A lot of people like the idea of going boating. They imagine sunsets quietly cruising across sun-dappled lagoons, pulling their children on water toys … [Read more...]

What Will Boat Buying Be Like In 10 Years?

Who knows, in the future there may be an app that can analyze the condition of fiberglass laminate.

I thought it would be a fun exercise to think about the future of boat buying. We’re all  prone to navel-gazing from time to time, so let’s focus … [Read more...]

Used Cars, Used Boats: Big Differences

Unlike auto assembly lines, boatbuilding operations are almost all labor-intensive -- few things are stamped out and mass-assembled. Photo courtesy of Hornet Marine.

I’ve always been against comparing used cars with used boats, and I've written about some of my concerns here in Boat Buyers: Beware of Auto Parts and … [Read more...]

Used Boats and the Scarcity Principle

Classic Bertram 31s are sought-after boats. Newer Bertrams, too, have their followings. Some of them may even be "rare." But it takes research to know. Even then, is rare a good thing in this case?

Back in 2012, I highlighted some of the buzzwords and phrases to be wary of in ad copy for used boats. In that blog, I talked about the use of phrases … [Read more...]

Five Overlooked Used Runabout Brands

Rinker Boats has been in business almost 100 years and has a strong following despite not being a household name.

Before you label me a flip-flopper, yes, I have previously in this space advocated focusing your search on big name brands. And that's still a good approach. … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet On Used-Boat Classifieds

When using Boat Trader’s Price Checker, try choosing “Any Distance” from your zip code to get an idea of the range of prices, then zero in on local boats.

I hate to break this to you, but everyone selling a used boat has something to hide. It might be something innocuous like a stain on the snap-in carpeting, … [Read more...]



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