Brett Becker

Owning a Trailerable Boat: Hidden Costs

If you’re not blessed with a big driveway, make sure to calculate the costs of remote storage — it can be expensive, especially under a roof.

One thing they won’t tell you—and whatever “they” you have in mind is fine with me—is that there are a number of ongoing costs associated with … [Read more...]

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...]

Used Boats, New Engines

This old Mako has been fitted out with a modern Yamaha four-stroke. New power on an old boat can mean a good deal.

As you browse through Boat Trader listings, keep a lookout for ads showing older boats with newer engines. You may not necessarily be looking for this … [Read more...]

Five Tips for Ramp Launching

When it comes to launching a boat from a trailer—and recovering it—we realize that people's skills run the gamut from none to plenty. So we're walking … [Read more...]

All About Boat Trailers

A sparkly clean boat in perfect working order won’t impress buyers if the trailer it’s sitting on is a mess. Make sure yours looks as good as this one before you put it up for sale. Photo courtesy of Shadow Trailers.

When we shop for boats, we look critically at the boat. We scrutinize its condition and whether it will meet our needs. On the other hand we probably don’t … [Read more...]

Inboard Boat Engines Are Not Car Engines

Ilmor's MV10 engine is based on the powerplant of the Dodge Viper, but has been completely reengineered for harsh marine use.

I've talked a lot in this blog about the differences between boats and cars -- how they're built and serviced differently, and how their wiring and other … [Read more...]

Chaparral 243 Vortex VRX: Get Set for the Jets

The 243 is Chaparral’s top-of-the-chart model in a lineup of six jet boats, and there’s a lot to like about it .

After the 1990s when the PWC market cooled off, jet boat sales cooled as well—until the resurgence in jet popularity, documented in New Jet Boats: A … [Read more...]

Best Boat Deals: Expert’s Choice — Formula, Fountain, Cobalt

2009 Formula 37 PC

This story will be available in the future as part of Boat Trader's Best Boat Deals series,  but the boat listings below may not be. If you click … [Read more...]

Boat Buying Decision: One Engine or Two?

Twin-engine set-ups are more expensive, but add redundancy and maneuverability.

If you’re like a lot of boaters, you can become afflicted with “two-foot fever,” a malaise that grabs hold of you and makes you think how much happier … [Read more...]

Boat-Towing with Front-Wheel Drive

A front-wheel drive vehicle can get the job done, depending on the numbers, but rear-wheel drive gets a traction assist from the trailer tongue weight. And four-wheel or all-wheel drive will do best of all.

A buddy of mine was nosing around the Auto Trader the other day looking for a used SUV to replace his clapped-out old beater. He has a boat, so he was … [Read more...]


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