Buying

Inside MarineMax, Part 1 — It’s Not About Buying the Boat

MarineMax stages Getaways events from every one of their stores, including trips to the Bahamas.

What does the sales approach look like that helped MarineMax become the biggest boat dealer in the U.S.? This article originally appeared on boats.com. … [Read more...]

What to Look for on a Sea Trial

If you can’t afford or don't have access to a marine surveyor, you will need to rely on yourself to perform the sea trial. By the time you get to this … [Read more...]

Boat Buying: Line Up Your Financing

Summer is here and interest rates have ticked up. That affects all banks and the rates they charge, but the increase has been slight. As summer progresses … [Read more...]

Buying a Used Boat: Five Overlooked Things to Check

Buying a used boat is a busy time. You’ve been scouring the ads to be able to pounce on the model you want as soon as it becomes available. There’s … [Read more...]

Used Boat Buying Quiz: Are You Ready for This?

You may locate a used boat you've been dreaming about, but take a deep breath and consider whether you're ready for the project list after you've made the purchase.

It’s probably safe to say not everyone is cut out for the rigors of used-boat ownership. Before you let your boat-buying fever get ahead of you and your … [Read more...]

Plan Your Annual Boat Budget, Plus Money-Saving Tips

Boats idling at a dock because you didn’t anticipate operating costs are in a sad state. Don’t be boat poor, use the guidelines in this article to control and plan your annual operating expenses.

There is no doubt that the boating lifestyle can be expensive.  Just how expensive depends on the size of the boat, where you keep it, and what you do … [Read more...]

Five Ways to Hold Down Boat Insurance Costs and Maximize Enjoyment of Your Boat

Extreme winds left this boat high and not quite dry. Photo by Jocelyn Augustino/courtesy FEMA.

The best way to keep boat insurance rates low is to minimize the chance of making a claim. And the more trouble-free your boating experience, the more … [Read more...]

Best Boat Deals: Expert’s Choice—Greenline, Everglades, Lakeview

2012 Greenline 40 Diesel Hybrid

We’ve got some interesting boats lined up for this installment of Best Boat Deals. Since it’s cold and snowy outside we had some extra time this month … [Read more...]

Budgeting for Boat Maintenance: How Hands On Will You Be?

Even a relatively simple center-console will have a list of maintenance chores to perform. This Contender carries twin Yamaha 300s, an electronics suite, bottom paint, livewell pumps, and other features that will need regular attention. Paul Cronin photo.

Upkeep chores and materials will cost more or less depending on the type of boat you own, where you keep it and, of course, on your own patience, skills, … [Read more...]

Advantages of Buying a Used Boat

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...]