Buying

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...]

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...]


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