Buying

Choosing a Boat: Center-Console Pros and Cons

Boats that were brand new a few years ago, like this 2014 Stamas 289 Tarpon, are now showing up on the used market at reduced prices.

Every boat is a compromise. It's a fact of life. So when you’re trying to find a boat that fits your on-water lifestyle you know there’s no such thing … [Read more...]

Boat Buyers Beware Grimy Engines and Bilges

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If you’re looking at a used boat, pay close attention to the outward appearance of the engine. Is it clean or grimy with oil? Are there rusty areas under … [Read more...]

Best Boat Deals: Expert’s Choice—Grady-White, Carver, Supra

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If variety is the spice of life then this month’s perusal of the listings here on boattrader.com are spicy indeed. Among the thousands of listings on … [Read more...]

How to Buy a Used Boat

Sea trials are always exciting, but don't let emotion rule you., and if you're new to the game take along an experienced friend and/or your surveyor.

Whether you’re eyeing an old, beaten-up fiberglass skiff for crabbing or you’re dreaming about a rugged trawler that will help satisfy your dreams … [Read more...]

Fun Behind the Boat: Which Watersport Works for You?

Towable tubes have come a long way. Some are made for multiple riders. Photo courtesy of Rave Sports.

If you’re new to boating or simply not plugged into the watersports market, the array of fun things you can do behind your boat can be dizzying. There … [Read more...]

Fishing Boats

The Tracker Pro Guide V-16 is a great example of a common aluminum fishing boat.

This article originally appeared on boats.com. Republished by permission.   Would you like to own a fishing boat? Since you’ve ended up … [Read more...]

Best Boat Deals: Expert’s Choice—Boston Whaler, Carver, Viking

2013 Boston Whaler 270 Vantage

A recent browsing of Boat Trader listings produced a real cornucopia of results, especially when it comes to boats that represent a good value. Among those … [Read more...]

Best Boat Deals: Expert’s Choice—Monterey, Baja, Yamaha

2002 Baja 232

Boats in the 24- to 27-foot size range represent a real sweet spot for many prospective buyers. They’re not so large as to be budget busters but not … [Read more...]

Best Boat Deals: Expert’s Choice—Albemarle, Everglades, Parker

2012 Parker 2100 Special Edition

If you’re a hardcore angler, your motto is likely along the lines of “Springtime is fishing time.” Speaking to that theme, we’ve assembled three … [Read more...]

Buying a Used Boat? How’s the Access to Important Parts?

There's no easy access to this stuffing box to tighten or change the shaft packing. A fuel tank was installed above it. All photos: Doug Logan

Since the early days of fiberglass boatbuilding, techniques for making boats strong and leak-resistant — and cheaper and easier to build — have advanced … [Read more...]


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