Brett Becker

Four Great Destinations for Trailer Boats: Los Angeles Area

There are plenty of launching ramps on the shores of Lake Havasu. Photo courtesy of

Let me start this travel piece with a word of caution. California and the West are in the midst of a serious drought. I cannot be held responsible if you … [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.

I've been writing a series here on spotlighting good boat deals. As I've looked through the listings I've seen a lot of ads showing … [Read more...]

Best Boat Deals: Expert’s Choice — Sea Ray, Glastron, Boston Whaler

2000 Sea Ray 340 Amberjack

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 Online: Look Without Looking

Interested in finding a used Sea Ray 210 Select? Get Boat Trader to monitor its listings for that model and send you alerts by mail.

One of my hobbies is “just looking” online. I look for a lot of different things -- mostly used boats and cars, houses, collectibles, watches, and … [Read more...]

Assess Your Boating Situation: Buy, Sell, or Upgrade?

Fall is often transition time for boaters. Some are shopping for boats to match their changing lifestyle.

Autumn can be bittersweet for boaters. The leaves are turning colors and some of us are getting in those last few cruises before we have to put the boat … [Read more...]

What is This, a Boat Owner’s Manual or a Release Waiver?

From all the warnings in owner's manuals these days, you might think boating was a little risky. (Winslow Homer, The Gulf Scream... no, Gulf Stream)

In doing research for a towboat review I was writing, I got drawn into the worm hole of the Internet and ended up leafing through its owner’s manual … [Read more...]

Best Boat Deals: Expert’s Choice — Fountain, Sea Ray, Formula, Regal

2006 Fountain Lightning

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...]

Steady Boat Maintenance Pays Off When It’s Time to Sell

Good, steady maintenance habits during the time you own your boat will make it much easier to sell when the time comes.

We cover a lot of maintenance issues on Boat Trader, and offer plenty of tips on how to sell your boat more easily online. But one reason for maintenance … [Read more...]

Five Simple Habits That Make Your Boat Engine Last Longer

It's tempting to hit the throttle early, but resist the urge and let your engine warm up to operating temperature first. Enjoy the view for a while at a nice, slow idle.

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...]

Five Reasons to Consider an Extended Warranty on a Used Boat

Weigh your own skills, time, and money against the complexity of systems on the boat. The more complex they are, the more an extended warranty might make sense.

If you're considering a used boat that's new enough to qualify for an extended warranty, it might be worth considering the extra expense. Here are five … [Read more...]