Buying

Pontoon Boat Basics

Pontoon boats are an increasingly popular way to get out and enjoy the water with your friends and family. And, there are lots of good reasons why.

(Editor’s note: Most of the article links in this story will take you to the library of reviews and stories on our colleague site, boats.com.) Unless … [Read more...]

Beware of Foul Fuel in Used Boats

Constant vigilance and regular 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, you may decide to do the full inspection yourself, or hire a marine surveyor to confirm the boat's condition. Either … [Read more...]

Used Boats: What’s It Going to Cost to Fix This Thing?

Big rehab jobs like this are often quoted on a project basis, but sometimes are done by labor hours and materials. You’ll almost always do better by asking for and going with a firm quote for both labor and materials. Photo by Gary Reich.

The last boat I bought was sitting on land with nearly a foot of water in the bilge, mold growing on the headliner, and mushrooms popping out of the cushions. And … [Read more...]

Best Boat Deals: Expert’s Choice — Formula, Fountain, Cobalt

2009 Formula 37 PC

  2009 Formula 37 PC  View this listing on Boat Trader A Formula 37 Performance Cruiser costs $455,000 and change when new, and it doesn’t … [Read more...]

Advantages of Buying a Used Boat

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Unless you’re buying a classic wooden boat with particular pedigree, most boats don’t appreciate in value the way houses do—they depreciate.  They’re … [Read more...]

High-Performance Center-Consoles on the Used Boat Market

The Statement 34 is a good example of a high-performance center-console.

Back when the Great Recession hit, the performance boating market tanked. Banks piled up losses on repossessed performance boats—many of which were … [Read more...]

Best Boat Deals: Expert’s Choice — Sea Ray, Glastron, Boston Whaler

2000 Sea Ray 340 Amberjack

  2000 Sea Ray 340 Amberjack View this listing on Boat Trader The Sea Ray Amberjack series boats were always really enticing because of how well … [Read more...]

Boat Buying Online: Look Without Looking

Interested in finding a used Sea Ray 210 Select? Get Boat Trader to monitor its listings for that model and send you alerts by mail.

One of my hobbies is “just looking” online. I look for a lot of different things -- mostly used boats and cars, houses, collectibles, watches, and … [Read more...]

Assess Your Boating Situation: Buy, Sell, or Upgrade?

Fall is often transition time for boaters. Some are shopping for boats to match their changing lifestyle.

Autumn can be bittersweet for boaters. The leaves are turning colors and some of us are getting in those last few cruises before we have to put the boat … [Read more...]

What is This, a Boat Owner’s Manual or a Release Waiver?

From all the warnings in owner's manuals these days, you might think boating was a little risky. (Winslow Homer, The Gulf Scream... no, Gulf Stream)

In doing research for a towboat review I was writing, I got drawn into the worm hole of the Internet and ended up leafing through its owner’s manual … [Read more...]


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