Buying & Selling Advice
Should You Trust Customer Satisfaction Awards?
How valuable are these feedback surveys for boating consumers? Manufacturers think they are – and they use the results to improve the product.
7 Insider Secrets To Attending Boat Shows
Searching for your first (or next) boat or the latest in electronics and gear? Top tips for navigating the event — and scoring great deals.
6 Private Party Sales Tips
If you’re in the market for a used boat, follow advice from the experienced folks in our Consumer Affairs department.
Determining Condition and Value
No one wants to overpay for a boat, so how can you get a good idea of its worth?
Buying The Next New Boat
How to figure out what you need in your next boat, and where there's room for compromise — firsthand lessons from our technical editor, one of America's most experienced boaters.
Boat Registration, Titling, and Documentation
Every engine-equipped boat operating in U.S. waters, as well as many other types of boats, must be registered with a state boating agency or with the federal government.
Boat Evaluation Checklist
Evaluating a boat's condition before purchase makes it easier for the prospective owner to say "good buy" or "good bye" to a deal.
After the Sale Details
You've found the boat of your dreams, the price is right, and you've paid the seller. So the boat is yours free and clear — or is it?
Avoiding Buying and Selling Scams
Many of the scams we see today are variations on old tricks that have been around for decades. The three that follow are currently in wide use.