Brett Becker

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, but the boat listings below may not be. If you click through to an expired link it means that someone nabbed … [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...]

Hull Cores in Used Boats

End-grain balsa has physical properties that make it an excellent core material in boats when it's properly installed. Photo courtesy of AirexBaltekBanova.

For performance applications and some higher-end used boats, the ads often will tout foam or balsa core construction. But what does that mean exactly? You … [Read more...]

Five Great Destinations for Trailer Boats: Orlando Area

A canal in the Winter Park chain of lakes. Photo courtesy of Winter Park.

Central Florida is home to some of the most famous attractions and theme parks in the world, and it’s rightly known for those places -- but one thing … [Read more...]

Boat Towing: How Much Truck is Enough?

A truck with a 12,500-lb. towing capacity could be considered overkill for an 8,000-lb. boat -- but you also have to consider your local launch-ramp conditions, your towing terrain and distances, and your driving habits and mileage needs.

I’ve written about tow-vehicle power before, but it’s time to revisit the topic. Say you just purchased a used boat, but the truck you have just … [Read more...]

Five Boat Shopping Mistakes To Avoid

If a 2007 Sea Ray 260 Sundancer is the boat you want, then you need to be patient in finding one, willing to travel to see it, and clear about both equipment and cost.

You hear the stories at the local watering holes all the time -- those tales of woe from people whose boats don’t quite measure up. We call them “shoulda, … [Read more...]

High-Performance Center-Consoles on the Used Boat Market

The Statement 34 is a good example of a high-performance center-console.

Back when the Great Recession hit, the performance boating market tanked. Banks piled up losses on repossessed performance boats—many of which were … [Read more...]


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