Buying

Boat Registration: How to Register Your Boat

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Specific laws for registering your boat vary from state to state; there’s a good listing with links to each state agency at boats.com. In most cases … [Read more...]

Boat Surveys Checklist

boat surveys checklist

Buying a boat can be a trying process, even if you’ve perused the many articles in our Buying section of Waterblogged, and thoroughly educated yourself … [Read more...]

Sea Trials

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If you can’t afford a marine surveyor, you need to rely on yourself to perform the sea trial. By the time you get to this stage of the buying process, … [Read more...]

How to Buy a Used Boat

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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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]


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