boat buying

A Landlubber’s Guide to Boat Buying

Be patient. Shop the boat shows with a game plan.

Boat Trader's editors were recently asked by InsideHook.com to answer some questions that a first-time boat buyer might ask. The Q/A, with minor adjustments, … [Read more...]

Boat Advertising Copy: Beware the Buzz

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There's a joke in real estate ads about certain watch words that don’t necessarily mean what the writer wants you to think they mean, but something else … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet On Used-Boat Classifieds

Every used boat has its secrets. Detective work takes place online and on the ground.

I hate to break this to you, but every used boat has problems that its owner wishes weren't there, maybe something innocuous like a stain on the snap-in … [Read more...]

Inside MarineMax, Part 2 — A Simpler Process is the Priority

The MarineMax staff at Lakes of the Ozarks is one of several MarineMax teams focused on simplifying everything possible for customers.

Due to its scale, MarineMax aims to create a one-stop shopping experience for customers. This article originally appeared on boats.com. Reprinted … [Read more...]

Inside MarineMax, Part 1 — It’s Not About Buying the Boat

MarineMax stages Getaways events from every one of their stores, including trips to the Bahamas.

What does the sales approach look like that helped MarineMax become the biggest boat dealer in the U.S.? This article originally appeared on boats.com. … [Read more...]

What to Look for on a Sea Trial

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If you can’t afford or don't have access to a marine surveyor, you will need to rely on yourself to perform the sea trial. By the time you get to this … [Read more...]

Boat Buying: Line Up Your Financing

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Summer is here and interest rates have ticked up. That affects all banks and the rates they charge, but the increase has been slight. As summer progresses … [Read more...]

Buying a Used Boat: Five Overlooked Things to Check

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Buying a used boat is a busy time. You’ve been scouring the ads to be able to pounce on the model you want as soon as it becomes available. There’s … [Read more...]

Used Boat Buying Quiz: Are You Ready for This?

You may locate a used boat you've been dreaming about, but take a deep breath and consider whether you're ready for the project list after you've made the purchase.

It’s probably safe to say not everyone is cut out for the rigors of used-boat ownership. Before you let your boat-buying fever get ahead of you and your … [Read more...]

Plan Your Annual Boat Budget, Plus Money-Saving Tips

Boats idling at a dock because you didn’t anticipate operating costs are in a sad state. Don’t be boat poor, use the guidelines in this article to control and plan your annual operating expenses.

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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