Used Boats

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...]

Selling Your Boat: Emphasize the Extras

Try reading Boat Prices with NADA Guides for ideas on how to value extras in good condition.

One of the pleasures in buying a good used boat is knowing that previous owners have absorbed most of the depreciation. Another is knowing that they've added … [Read more...]

Best Boat Deals: Expert’s Choice—Grady-White, Carver, Supra

supra-2

If variety is the spice of life then this month’s perusal of the listings here on boattrader.com are spicy indeed. Among the thousands of listings on … [Read more...]

How to Buy a Used Boat

Sea trials are always exciting, but don't let emotion rule you., and if you're new to the game take along an experienced friend and/or your surveyor.

Whether you’re eyeing an old, beaten-up fiberglass skiff for crabbing or you’re dreaming about a rugged trawler that will help satisfy your dreams … [Read more...]

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

2013 Boston Whaler 270 Vantage

A recent browsing of Boat Trader listings produced a real cornucopia of results, especially when it comes to boats that represent a good value. Among those … [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

Boats in the 24- to 27-foot size range represent a real sweet spot for many prospective buyers. They’re not so large as to be budget busters but not … [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...]


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