Buying

Small Fishing Boats: What Are Your Options?

Whether you’re looking at freshwater fishing boats or saltwater fishing boats, one thing is for sure: the bulk of them are going to be small fishing … [Read more...]

Affordable Boating: Getting Started for Less

People who don’t own boats tend to think you have to be rich to afford one, but anyone who’s seen articles like Most Affordable Runabouts, Five Affordable … [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...]

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...]

What is a Center-Console Boat?

Every boat is a compromise. It's a fact of life. So when you’re trying to find a boat that fits your on-water lifestyle you know there’s no such thing … [Read more...]

What is a Walkaround Boat?

The interminable question for boaters everywhere is, "What boat would you buy if you could only buy one?"  It’s the question we all deal with because, … [Read more...]

What is a Pontoon Boat?

The Manitou Xplode 23 SRS SHP is rigged with beefy towing support and easy access to the stern for waterskiing, wakeboarding, and tubing.

People who do their boating on lakes and other inland bodies of water have long known something that coastal boaters have only recently begun to find out: … [Read more...]

What is a Tow Sports Boat?

We've talked elsewhere about the pros and cons of various boat types — walkarounds, center-consoles, pontoons, and so on — and have said more than … [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...]

A Landlubber’s Guide to Boat Buying

Be patient. Shop the boat shows with a game plan.

Boat Trader's editors were recently asked by InsideHook.com to answer some questions that a first-time boat buyer might ask. The Q/A, with minor adjustments, … [Read more...]


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