Brett Becker

Upgrading Used-Boat Gauges

New gauges or even gauge faces can freshen up a used boat’s tired looking dash. Refinishing the dash panel and adding color-accented bezels takes it up a level.

One of my favorite ways of refurbishing an older used boat is to reface the gauges and replace the dash panel. It usually requires a couple afternoons … [Read more...]

Is it Time for Electric-Over-Hydraulic Brakes?

Electric over hydraulic brakes are great for heavy-duty applications, such as towing a big offshore V-bottom. For smaller applications, surge brakes seem to work just fine. 

Depending on the technology, I tend to vacillate between early adopter and abject Luddite. I bought a vehicle with fuel injection as soon as I could afford … [Read more...]

Propeller Tuning? Really?

Having a stainless steel propeller “tuned” can produce real performance and efficiency gains.

If you’re looking at buying a used boat with a stainless propeller, but you’re a little concerned that it’s dinged up and needs to be replaced, be … [Read more...]

Engine Cleanliness: Use High-Quality Detergent Motor Oil

Using low-grade engine oil and delaying oil changes leads to sludge, and sludge can be a deal-breaker when it's time to sell your boat.

I once went to check out a used boat with a buddy of mine. He had owned boats before so, he was pretty comfortable looking over the boat himself, but he … [Read more...]

The New MerCruiser 4.5-liter V6: Worth the Wait

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For the longest time, Mercury has been taking automotive engines and “marinizing” them for use in inboard and stern-drive applications. They were and … [Read more...]

Used Boat Sales Tactics: The Old Give and Take

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I've been writing here recently about what influences us in the purchases of used boats — or any big-ticket item, for that matter. We have talked about … [Read more...]

Boat Buying: Line Up Your Financing

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I don’t know where you get your financial information, but most of the things I’m reading lately indicate we’ll soon be seeing interest rates begin … [Read more...]

The Skinny on Boat Trailer Tires

Boat trailer tires suffer from a lot of abuse, often though sheer neglect. This one is shot, right down to the belt.

If you're shopping for a used boat, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be shopping for trailer tires sooner or later. No other tires withstand so … [Read more...]

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...]



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