Used Boats

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. Doug Logan photo.

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—Boston Whaler, Twin Vee, Mako

1968 Boston Whaler 17 Eastport

We’re celebrating center-consoles this month for our Expert’s Choice installment, having pored over many dozens of listings to find a couple of true … [Read more...]

Best Boat Deals: Expert’s Choice—Greenline, Everglades, Lakeview

2012 Greenline 40 Diesel Hybrid

We’ve got some interesting boats lined up for this installment of Best Boat Deals. Since it’s cold and snowy outside we had some extra time this month … [Read more...]

Best Boat Deals: Expert’s Choice—Jarvis Newman, Sea Ray, Bertram

1962 Bertram 31 with Yanmar Diesels

It's the time of year when a lot of us have a bit of wanderlust rolling around our souls. Some folks may like ice fishing, but you’ll be able to tell … [Read more...]

How to Sell Your Used Boat

A elbow-grease weekend spent restoring and shining your boat's gelcoat can make an outsize difference in the selling price.

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...]

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...]

Boat Parts

Every used boat will have parts that need replacement. Some parts will be easier to find than others. In this photo note the gas struts lifting the locker covers, the locker gaskets and latches, and the rubber covers on the rod holders. Where do you find such things?

Unless you’ve bought a new boat, or a used one that's been fully restored and updated by the previous owner, chances are you’ll inherit an annoying … [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...]

Best Boat Deals: Expert’s Choice—Premier, Parker, Scarab

2014 Scarab 195 HO

Winter is coming, but while some folks are busy shuffling their boats away safely for the cold season, others know that late fall and winter represent … [Read more...]

Best Boat Deals: Expert’s Choice—Pathfinder, MJM, Sun Tracker

2011 Sun Tracker 25 XP3

Like it or not, the 2016 summer boating season will soon fade into memory, at least for most of us folks above 32º north latitude. Still, don’t be depressed; … [Read more...]


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