Brett Becker

Flooded Boats Can Offer Good Value

Sandy Damage

After each natural disaster that involves huge amounts of water, the airwaves, newspapers and Internet are flush with reports on how to spot flood-damaged … [Read more...]

Boat Financing: Credit is King

High credit scores and liquid funds are the keys to securing boat loans these days. Photo courtesy of Marketplace.org.

Four years ago, some marine lenders only cared about credit score. Some only cared about your debt-to-income ratio. Some banks cared more about your liquidity … [Read more...]

Performance Upgrades: 4 Ways to Buy Better Speed

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Not long after people get a new-to-them boat out on the water, they begin to wonder how they can make it go faster. Well, after you've eliminated needless … [Read more...]

Boat Buying and Selling: Skip the Remorse

buyers remorse

Perhaps the best advice I ever got is one of the few rules that applies to both sides of a used boat transaction: Stop Selling after it’s sold, and Stop … [Read more...]

Used-Boat Buying Season

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I’ve been seeing lots of Facebook posts from friends who are taking their boats in for winter storage. People who also own snowmobiles aren’t so sad, … [Read more...]

Drive Trim: Finding the Sweet Spot

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New to boating, or looking to optimize your time under way? It’s probably a good time to explain drive trim and what people mean when they talk about … [Read more...]

Used-Boat Benefits: A Little Something Extra

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It would be easiest just to find a decent used boat with a good service history and the telltale signs of good upkeep -- but the savvy shopper would do … [Read more...]

Just One Boat: The Case for a 25-Foot Walkaround

The Grady-White Journey 258 walkaround.

My boating challenge is, I think, the same one a lot of other boaters face. I have a lot of things I like to do on the water. You probably do, too. The … [Read more...]

Boat Advertising Copy: Beware the Buzz

boat sales buzz copy

There's a joke in real estate ads about certain watch words that don’t necessarily mean what the writer wants you to think they mean, but something else … [Read more...]

All About Octane: What’s in a Number?

Octane labels

A neighbor of mine — who is a chronic used boat shopper — finally got himself a runabout with a V8 engine. After owning nothing but outboards, four-bangers … [Read more...]



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