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...]

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 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...]

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...]

Boater Envy: New vs. Used

This was the price of a Grady-White 230 Fisherman at the New York Boat Show in 2011.

Deep down inside you really wish you could be shopping for a new boat. You want that sweet smell of styrene when you open a hatch. You want that VIP delivery … [Read more...]

Best Boat Deals: Expert’s Choice, Vol. 1

2011 Sea Ray 185 Sport

Every boater likes to click through used boat listings, do some daydreaming, make some plans -- even those who already have a boat.  It's a kind of … [Read more...]

Boat Shopping: Patience is a Virtue

No matter how tempting a boat dealer makes thes the view, you owe it to yourself to be patient and look at the deal with a clear perspective. Doug Logan photo.

We live in a time when there so many choices available to us every day that we often don’t have the “mental bandwidth” to process it all. The condition … [Read more...]

Used Boat Sales Tactics: Commitment and Consistency


In social science research, much work has been done in "commitment and consistency," which can make their appearances as sales tactics  in day-to-day … [Read more...]

Used Boat Sales Tactics: Rejection, Retreat, Revision

A seller's revised offer may be an improvement over the first, but it doesn't mean it has reached a level where it's to your advantage.

You will face a number of sales tactics when buying a used boat from a dealer or even when buying from a shrewd private owner. I've already mentioned some … [Read more...]

Used Cars, Used Boats: Big Differences

Unlike auto assembly lines, boatbuilding operations are almost all labor-intensive -- few things are stamped out and mass-assembled. Photo courtesy of Hornet Marine.

I’ve always been against comparing used cars with used boats, and I've written about some of my concerns here in Boat Buyers: Beware of Auto Parts and … [Read more...]