Used Boats

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...]

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

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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...]

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...]


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