Brett Becker

Selling Your Boat: Making the Most of Online Price Range

Online buyers usually choose price ranges when they look at boats. If you wanted to get $75,500 for your Boston Whaler 230 Dauntless, you could set a price up to $75,999 to give yourself more wiggle room in the 70K-80K range.

So you’re getting ready for one of the two best days of a boater’s life: the day you sell your boat. First, you need to establish a value for the boat. … [Read more...]

Best Boat Deals: Expert’s Choice, Vol. 2

2014 Monterey 288SS

This story will be available in the future, but the boat listings below may not be. If you click through to an expired link it means that someone nabbed … [Read more...]

Trailering Your Boat: Seven Items to Check Every Time

New truck, new trailer, new boat. The trailer may be the least sexy part of that trio, but it still needs to be monitored just as carefully.

Yes, I know, a headline like that can come across as a pedantic wet blanket. You could read it that way -- I get that, but here’s the way it was intended: … [Read more...]

Mercury Alpha Drive to Bravo One: a Worthwhile Conversion

The Bravo One drive uses a different transom assembly than the Alpha, but the bolt pattern is the same except for two additional holes for the Bravo assembly.

Say you’ve found the perfect used boat. Well, almost. It has all the equipment and amenities you were looking for, right down to the V8 engine, except … [Read more...]

Fun Behind the Boat: Which Watersport Works for You?

A wakeboarder gets big air behind a purpose-built Supra tow-boat.

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...]

Measure Boat Speed Precisely with a Radar Gun

Radar guns have come down in price over the last few years, and they are still the best way to measure the top speed of a boat.

One of the first questions people ask you while you’re filling up at the gas station — even if your boat looks just a little sporty — is how fast … [Read more...]

Between Prop Pitches

By tuning in a little extra cup at the trailing edge of the propeller blades, you might be able to avoid having to move up a size in pitch.

There’s a seldom-spoken-of situation in the world of propellers, and it's the phenomenon of being “between pitches.” That’s when one prop isn’t … [Read more...]

Saltwater Protection: Change Your Anodes, Flush Your Engine

By using a muff-style flush kit, you can get an idea how well your sea pump is working.

A lot of boats end up sitting in salt water all summer, and if yours is one of them — or you just bought one — there are a number of things to consider … [Read more...]

Buying a Used Boat: Five Overlooked Things to Check

Check all the main elements of the trailer you're buying with the boat. This one is sporting a new coupling assembly. Doug Logan photo.

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...]

Boat-Buying Strategy: Plan of Attack

Develop an organized plan of attack when shopping for a used boat. When the right one comes along, you’ll be better prepared to pounce on it before anyone else.

So you've decided to make the most of your family leisure time and you think a used boat is the way to go. Congratulations. Boating is a great way for … [Read more...]


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