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The Boatyard’s Awake

Tupelo Honey, a Friendship sloop is prepared for the water

I spent the past couple of days in a local boatyard preparing a Friendship sloop I am going to captain part-time this summer for the water.  There really … [Read more...]

Boat Flippers in a Down Market

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With the U.S. economy sputtering, discretionary spending on boats has been off for several seasons. This is not news to folks like you who scour boat listings … [Read more...]

Lake Boat Classics

This mahogony classic is actually a new 2007 Comitti Portofino, built in Italy on the shores of Lake Como with the styling of yesteryear, but the modern systems of today.

A few years ago, I was discussing buying a boat with a friend. After showing him some examples of the kind of boat I was looking for, he produced his own … [Read more...]

No Man’s Land

No Man's Land is a small island south of martha's Vineyard.  Prohibited to visitors, this government bombing range is a metaphor for when winter-like weather hangs on  into spring

There is a small desolate island south of Martha’s Vineyard called No Man’s Land--it is stony, flat topped, and devoid of trees. As a matter of fact … [Read more...]

Any Boat but a Fishing Boat

Thunnus thynnus - the mighty bluefin tuna, the largest caught in Massachusetts was in 1984 and weighed over 1,200 pounds

Just recently, I had a friend ask my boating advice about fitting out his 24-foot SeaSwirl with outriggers so he could go tuna fishing. We live reasonably … [Read more...]

Aluminum Boats Can Fish, Entertain, and Even Tow

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Aluminum boats offer a wide range of uses from fishing to entertainment, sports and recreation to day trips for both experienced and notice boaters.  … [Read more...]

Determining Value for a Used Boat

A 1960 Glasspar G3 for sale in Florida, but at what price?

One of the common questions we get here at BoatTrader.com is, “what is the value of my used boat?” The common answer is, whatever the actual selling … [Read more...]

Looking for a Cheap Used Boat? Buy an I/O

This 18-foot Seville Searay from the early 1980's has an I/O and is a perfectly good cheap used boat for use in fresh water

Powerboats with inboard engines and outdrives (I/Os) are a popular configuration for those boaters who want the high-horsepower and weight distribution … [Read more...]

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...]



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