Brett Becker

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...]

Four Great Destinations for Trailer Boats: Los Angeles Area

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

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 BoatTrader.com 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...]


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