Tips for Boat Buyers

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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...]

Boat Insurance Guide

Mike Smith

  Insuring their boat is something most owners do without a second thought. Some buy on convenience, some on price, while others automatically … [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...]



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