Used Boats

Best Boat Deals: Expert’s Choice—Boston Whaler, Carver, Viking

2013 Boston Whaler 270 Vantage

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...]

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.

As you browse through Boat Trader listings, keep a lookout for ads showing older boats with newer engines. You may not necessarily be looking for this … [Read more...]

Best Boat Deals: Expert’s Choice—Monterey, Baja, Yamaha

2002 Baja 232

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...]

Buying a Used Boat? How’s the Access to Important Parts?

There's no easy access to this stuffing box to tighten or change the shaft packing. A fuel tank was installed above it. All photos: Doug Logan

Since the early days of fiberglass boatbuilding, techniques for making boats strong and leak-resistant — and cheaper and easier to build — have advanced … [Read more...]

Selling Your Boat? 10 Tips for Sprucing Up Your Engine

No used engine will look as good as this brand-new one, but a bit of time spent with cleaner, rags, and Q-tips can often get you pretty close.

It's hard to work on a boat when you're planning to sell it. You're busy with a million things, and you just want to move on. So it's tempting to overlook dirt, … [Read more...]

How to Sell Your Used Boat

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So, the time has come to put your boat on the market. Maybe you want to cash out of your investment to finance a bigger boat. Maybe you're downsizing. … [Read more...]

Used Boats: What’s It Going to Cost to Fix This Thing?

Big rehab jobs like this are often quoted on a project basis, but sometimes are done by labor hours and materials. You’ll almost always do better by asking for and going with a firm quote for both labor and materials. Photo by Gary Reich.

The last boat I bought was sitting on land with nearly a foot of water in the bilge, mold growing on the headliner, and mushrooms popping out of the cushions. And … [Read more...]

Boat Buying Decision: One Engine or Two?

Twin-engine set-ups are more expensive, but add redundancy and maneuverability.

If you’re like a lot of boaters, you can become afflicted with “two-foot fever,” a malaise that grabs hold of you and makes you think how much happier … [Read more...]

Advantages of Buying a Used Boat

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Unless you’re buying a classic wooden boat with particular pedigree, most boats don’t appreciate in value the way houses do—they depreciate.  They’re … [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...]


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