Tips for Boat Buyers

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Five Resources Every Used-Boat Buyer Should Use

Boats.com recently published this interactive PDF with links to all 204 of their boat reviews in 2013. It won't be long before these boats will appear on the used market.

If you're shopping for a new boat, you have it pretty easy. There's a multitude of boat builders out there ready to do your bidding. There are hundreds … [Read more...]

EPIRBs: Your Lifeline to Search and Rescue

This is a top-of-the-line 406 MHz Category II EPIRB with supplemental GPS. Category II units are manual release; Category I units automatically deploy. Photo courtesy of ACR.

OK, first of all, what the heck is an EPIRB, and why do you need one? Let’s get the acronym out of the way first. EPIRB is short for “emergency position-indicating … [Read more...]

Ethanol and Boat Fuel: Stay Vigilant

A combination fuel filter and water separator will collect water in a clear reservoir at the bottom. Keep a close eye on that reservoir and drain anywater out right away

If you're new to boating and are looking at used boats to buy, you might not be aware of the running battle boaters have been waging with ethanol-based … [Read more...]

Boat Trailers 101: Materials, Brakes, Hardware

If you do your boateing in salt water, an aluminum trailer is a better choice than steel.

You might think a trailer is a trailer is a trailer. Uh, no. Like so many other products, the quality of  trailers varies widely, and if you look closely … [Read more...]

Visiting a Boat Show: Game Plan!

Going to a boat show without a plan is like walking into fiberglass forest. You'll just get bewildered.

One of the best things you can do to kick out the winter doldrums and start getting psyched for spring is to visit a nice, big boat show. It doesn’t … [Read more...]

Plan Your Annual Boat Budget, Plus Money-Saving Tips

Boats idling at a dock because you didn’t anticipate operating costs are in a sad state. Don’t be boat poor, use the guidelines in this article to control and plan your annual operating expenses.

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...]

Princecraft Sport 177: A Family Boat With a Fishing Pedigree

The Princecraft Sport 177 does a little of everything -- and can do it fast.

Last month we took a look at the Princecraft Nanook DLX WS, a dedicated fishing boat from the prolific Canadian aluminum boatbuilders. While boats.com … [Read more...]

Boat Trailers: How Much Hitch?

A Class III round receiver.

Hauling a boat to your favorite lake or river can be a challenge. Oftentimes, boats are some of the heaviest loads you can pull. The good news is that … [Read more...]

Boat Wiring: Use Good Terminals and Tools

This ratcheting crimper places a precise amount of pressure on the crimp fitting while also making two crimps—one on the wire and one on the wire jacket—at the same time. Photo by Gary Reich.

Maybe you’ve seen this at your marina or boatyard before: an able-bodied weekend warrior hanging upside down in a bilge or wet locker mumbling obscenities … [Read more...]

Choosing a Boat: Ski and Wakeboard Boat Pros and Cons

A purpose-built ski boat has the engine in the middle. This helps the boat get out of the hole fast and provides a flatter wake for the skier.

It has been said time and again that all boats are compromises. That logic applies probably most pointedly to tow boats: ski boats and wakeboard boats, … [Read more...]