Buying

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...]

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...]

Boat Advertising Copy: Beware the Buzz

There's a joke in real estate ads about certain watch words that don’t necessarily mean what the writer wants you to think they mean, but something else … [Read more...]

Visiting a Boat Show? Make a Game Plan

One of the best things you can do to stave off the winter doldrums and start getting psyched for spring is to visit a big boat show. (Here's a list of … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet On Used-Boat Classifieds

Every used boat has its secrets. Detective work takes place online and on the ground.

I hate to break this to you, but every used boat has problems that its owner wishes weren't there, maybe something innocuous like a stain on the snap-in … [Read more...]

Inside MarineMax, Part 4 — Building the Boating Lifestyle

Getaways that bring boaters together from across different regions are MarineMax stores’ signature events.

Showing people how to have fun with their boats and fall in love with the boating lifestyle is MarineMax’s central tenet. This article originally … [Read more...]

Inside MarineMax, Part 3 — An All-Inclusive Approach

The boats.com team toured a variety MarineMax stores to speak with staff members in sales, business, service, training, and marketing to learn how the … [Read more...]

Inside MarineMax, Part 2 — A Simpler Process is the Priority

The MarineMax staff at Lakes of the Ozarks is one of several MarineMax teams focused on simplifying everything possible for customers.

Due to its scale, MarineMax aims to create a one-stop shopping experience for customers. This article originally appeared on boats.com. Reprinted … [Read more...]