Brett Becker

Used Boat Sales: The Sudden Buddy Influence

Nice guy! Should that make a difference in how much you pay for used boat?! No!

I recently introduced you to a couple of sales techniques you need to be aware in an effort to get the best deal you can on a used boat. The Scarcity Principle and … [Read more...]

Used Boats: Water Intrusion and Moisture Meters

Moisture meters can range in price from reasonable to you’ve-got-to-be-kidding, but none of them, regardless of price, is foolproof. Further inspection for water intrusion will be necessary.

When you're looking at a used boat, water intrusion into the hull, deck, or stringers is definitely not something you want to see. It's a telltale sign … [Read more...]

Check Those Exhaust Flapper Valves

The red arrow indicates the flapper valve in one side of the exhaust Y-pipe. These valves deteriorate over time, and quickly in engine-overheat conditions.

Recently, a buddy of mine called me with a problem he had with a new-to-him boat. He had removed the prop to send it out for repair, but when he did he … [Read more...]

Used Boats and the Authority Play

Joe Boatseller may well be an authority, but as a buyer you need to know how to weigh his claims against yur own interests.

Recently I talked about the Scarcity Principle, how sellers often put it into play when selling a used boat, and how to decide for yourself just how much … [Read more...]

Are Boats Built in the Recession Holding Their Value Better?

Fewer boats were built during the Great Recession. Are those boats -- now used -- holding their value better than boats built during boom years?

Something occurred to me when I was looking at motorhomes on RVTrader.com. Not that I’m in the market right now, but if I were, I’d be looking for … [Read more...]

Where are the Runabout Diesels? Come On! 

This MerCruiser V6 is based on the proven Volkswagen TDI diesel.

OK, it's time for my annual appeal to the boatbuilding industry: Where are the diesel runabouts? Hello? How can I buy a used one in a couple of years if … [Read more...]

Top 10 Signs You Need a New-to-You Boat

When even Asian carp won't jump in for a ride, you know it's time for a change. (Photo: WikiMedia Commons)

Before you can fix a problem, you must first recognize you have one. Everyone knows that, but knowing something and doing something about it are two entirely … [Read more...]

Used Boat-Buying Quiz, Part 2: Still Ready?

Good research takes serious patience. Jumping at the wrong boat can be worse than haing no boat at all.

A lot of people like the idea of going boating. They imagine sunsets quietly cruising across sun-dappled lagoons, pulling their children on water toys … [Read more...]

What Will Boat Buying Be Like In 10 Years?

Who knows, in the future there may be an app that can analyze the condition of fiberglass laminate.

I thought it would be a fun exercise to think about the future of boat buying. We’re all  prone to navel-gazing from time to time, so let’s focus … [Read more...]

Used Cars, Used Boats: Big Differences

Unlike auto assembly lines, boatbuilding operations are almost all labor-intensive -- few things are stamped out and mass-assembled. Photo courtesy of Hornet Marine.

I’ve always been against comparing used cars with used boats, and I've written about some of my concerns here in Boat Buyers: Beware of Auto Parts and … [Read more...]



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