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Boat Trailering: the Tow Vehicle

What boat fits behind this tow package and how far will it go

Driving down the road the other day I noticed a pick-up truck pulling an empty boat trailer. I started to wonder what kind of boat would fit on the trailer. … [Read more...]

Galvanic Soup

This launch was previously in fresh water, but with a new owner and new location in salt water the underwater protection by sacrificial anodes needed to change

Repairing the rubrail on a small rowboat the other day triggered a multi-day thought process about the metals used on boats.  To start, it was a simple … [Read more...]

Beware Foul Fuel in Used Boats

Vigilant observation and maintenance of fuel filters against water and sediment in fuel systems can prevent expensive engine problems and tank corrosion.

When you’re buying a used boat and hire a marine surveyor to confirm the condition, one of the more difficult tasks for the surveyor is to judge the … [Read more...]

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...]



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