boat buying

Finding the Right Boat Dealer

A reputable dealership is likely to provide good service after a sale, whether you're buying used or new.

You have three choices when it comes to buying a used boat: private party, broker, or dealer. There are advantages to all three, and it’s ultimately … [Read more...]

Buying a Boat? Start With a Cash Price

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Many of the used models you’ll find for sale on BoatTrader.com are offered by dealers, and that’s a good thing because there are pluses to buying from … [Read more...]

Boat Financing: Credit is King

High credit scores and liquid funds are the keys to securing boat loans these days. Photo courtesy of Marketplace.org.

Four years ago, some marine lenders only cared about credit score. Some only cared about your debt-to-income ratio. Some banks cared more about your liquidity … [Read more...]

2012 Newport International Boat Show Report

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I am usually a little skeptical of “new” boats being last years’ models with a touch more freeboard, another foot in length, or a few more bells … [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...]

Buying a Boat with a Partner

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Partnering with someone else to buy a boat may be a good option for people with common interests. The partnering advantage comes from shared activities … [Read more...]

Boat Canvas: Increased Value and Comfort

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Buying a used boat has one big advantage over buying a new one: all that expensive equipment a new owner purchases to outfit his boat comes standard on … [Read more...]

Buying a Boat? Where Will You Keep It?

Rack storage can be efficient and cost-effective. Make sure the operators are responsive to haul and launch requests..

Boatbuying can be accompanied by a sort of weird, narrow-focus fever, and it’s common for fever-bright buyers to get way down the purchase path without … [Read more...]

Bow Riders: Top 10 Considerations Before you Buy

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Editor's Note: Thinking about buying a bow rider? Alex Smith explains what makes these boats so appealing for a wide range of uses. The ubiquitous bowrider … [Read more...]

Used Boat Shopping: Caveat Emptor

If you’re not at the point where you can shop for a new boat, doing your homework can help you find the best of what’s on the used market. Photo courtesy Miami International Boat Show.

Having spent time at the Miami Boat Show this year, I still feel a bit dizzied from the shimmer of polished stainless and the intoxicating smell of fresh … [Read more...]



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