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Are Boats Built in the Recession Holding Their Value Better?

Fewer boats were built during the Great Recession. Are those boats -- now used -- holding their value better than boats built during boom years?

Something occurred to me when I was looking at motorhomes on RVTrader.com. Not that I’m in the market right now, but if I were, I’d be looking for … [Read more...]

Restoring Gelcoat Like the Pros: Elbow Grease Required

A photo of a Makita angle grinder with buffing accesories.

Let’s say that the gelcoat on your boat looks less than stellar—as in chalky like a chalkboard less than stellar. Maybe your blue boat now has a purplish … [Read more...]

Boat Trader Newsletter: Worth Signing Up For

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If you're a frequent visitor to Boat Trader (because you've got a persistent case of boats on the brain, like those of us who work here), you might want … [Read more...]

Where Old Boats Go to Die

This tired old boat and its tired old trailer will be stripped for parts and pieced out, but the hull is likely to end of in a landfill.

Note: For your safety Boat Trader does not publish comments that contain personal phone numbers and email addresses. If you have an old boat you'd like … [Read more...]

How to Fix Gelcoat Gouges

Preval sprayers let you spray gelcoat without the need buy a compressor and professional paint equipment.

I wrote recently about how to about fix light scratches in gelcoat, and also outlined how to find gelcoat suppliers. But what if you’re looking at a … [Read more...]

How to Fix Light Gelcoat Scratches

If the gelcoat scratches aren't too deep, you may be able to eliminate them with a combination of wet-sanding and compounding. 3M makes a variety of products used by the pros.

Used boats often have scratched gelcoat. If you've been shopping used boats for any length of time, you probably knew that already. The good news is that … [Read more...]

How to Get Rid of Bad Boat Fuel

For diesel-powered boats, an inline fuel-polishing module can prevent a lot of woes.

Going through the frustrating process of dealing with bad marine fuel? Be it diesel or gas, you’ll want to know how to start fresh and completely eliminate … [Read more...]

How to Scare Off Boat Buyers

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Maybe it’s the white beard and sunburnt face that encourages people to ask my opinion about boats they are interested in buying. I prefer to think … [Read more...]

Gelcoat Maintenance: Time to Shine

After the hard work of restoring and shining your gelcoat, you can stand back and be proud. The topsides are protected and looking good.

Like a lot of other boaters all over the country, especially the northern parts, we're itching to get on the water this summer, and we're collecting the … [Read more...]

DIY Fiberglass Boat Repairs

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Most fiberglass boats today are made with a foam core sandwiched between layers of polyester resin. This building technique has proven strong and durable. … [Read more...]


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