Boat Buying Services offers valuable resources to the prospective boat owner. If you're buying a boat, there are plenty of "little details" that need to be taken care of before you can launch your new vessel. Below are some links that can help guide you through the process:

New to Boating

New to boating or looking for your next boat?

  • Boat Reviews - Still trying to figure out which specific powerboat or sailboat you want buy or try? Reading our more than 50 powerboat reviews and over 70 sailboat reviews can help you make a more informed decision.
  • Types of Powerboats and Their Uses - Don't know the difference between Deck boat and a Picnic boat? Read brief descriptions of the different types of powerboats available on the market today, their primary uses and which types are the best choice for the new or novice boaters.
  • Types of Sailboats and Their Uses - What's the difference between a Cruising sailboat and a Motorsailer? Find out by reading the descriptions of the various types of sailboats available, their uses and which type of sailboat may be the best choice for the new or novice sailor.

Buying a Boat

  • Join BoatUS - Enjoy over 25 benefits including discounts at boating and fishing businesses, BoatUS Magazine, access to towing and insurance options, and more!
  • Finance the Purchase - Compute monthly costs and apply for a BoatUS boat loan.
  • Insurance Coverage - Get a free customized quote from the BoatUS Marine Insurance Program today!
  • Marine Surveyors Directory - A survey is a good idea, especially if you're buying a used boat. You'll want a qualified professional to do the job.
  • Boat Names Directory - Over 6,400 suggestions from other boaters! The perfect name is a click away. Or view the official BoatUS top ten most popular boat names.
  • Boat Graphics - Personalize and preview custom boat graphics anytime with the online ordering tool. Boat Graphics features a vast selection of lettering styles, sizes, colors and effects as well as personalized gifts and decals! Members get 10% off your order too.

Selling Your Boat

Looking for a Boat

  • Boat Buying Guide - Prepared by the BoatUS Consumer Protection Bureau, this guide comes in an easy-to use format and includes a Boat Condition Checklist, Coast Guard equipment requirements, registration and boating safety practices.
  • Classified Ads – Place an ad, view selling tips, browse listings and sign up for a Classified Ads Newsletter.
  • Consumer Protection Database - Search reports about boats, engines, products, dealers, marinas and other boating-related services; see the manufacturer's responses for each specific report; search for important recall notices.
  • Boat Groups - What do other owners think about a boat you're interested in? Over 1,000 volunteers have offered to share their specific boat knowledge.
  • Professional Captain Service Locator - BoatUS has established a referral service to find reliable people with the knowledge and skill to safely operate your boat when you can't. Examples include delivery or instruction on a new boat, moving your boat to a hurricane hole before a storm and getting to where the fish are biting.