Brett Becker

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...]

Trailering Your Boat: Seven Items to Check Every Time

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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...]

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...]

Five Simple Habits That Make Your Boat Engine Last Longer

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Everybody is looking for ways to make things last longer, whether it’s our cars, appliances, baseball games, or yes, our boats. What if I told you there … [Read more...]

Sea Ray SLX 400 Review

With an array of seating options available in the bow and in the cockpit, the SLX 400 also includes a hardtop, retractable sunshade and sunroof.

Sea Ray’s 2017 SLX 400 is a paradigm bursting with innovation and new ideas. This article originally appeared on boats.com. Reprinted by permission. When … [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...]

Cobalt 25SC Review

At the stern, the 25SC comes fitted with a wide rear bench that converts to an aft-facing sun pad and lounge.

Cobalt roils the water with a luxury runabout that runs on outboard power. This article originally appeared on boats.com. Reprinted by permission. There … [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...]

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. Doug Logan photo.

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...]

Bryant Speranza: Punching Above its Weight

Save the bow for the kids, and add the playpen-style filler cushion to get the most from that space.

It’s hard to believe how much Bryant packs into its new Speranza runabout. This article originally appeared on boats.com. Republished by permission.  If … [Read more...]


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