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Buying & Selling Advice
Love It Or List It?
Should you fix-up your boat before you try to sell, or sell it as-is? The answers to these questions may surprise you.
Owning one boat may be a lifetime commitment for some, but swapping old faithful for a vessel that better suits your lifestyle today can keep you in boating .
How To Make Co-Owning A Boat Work
These boating buddies split the costs of upkeep and share captain duties — and still maintain a close friendship after 25 years.
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.