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How to buy a boat

Welcome to the 6-part series on how to buy a boat. We cover everything you need to know about buy a boat including deciding on a boat design, effective search strategies for snagging the best deal, conducting your own mini-survey, doing a deep-dive thorough inspection, how to think about pricing and making an offer. We’ll include survey checklists,¬†sample contracts and more.

 

5 small sailboats for sailing around the world

    A small sailboat can take you big places Many sailors will tell you that small sailboats are the ticket to going cruising NOW. They’re affordable, simple, and seaworthy…however, you’re unlikely to see many small sailboats in today’s cruising grounds. In three years and 13,000 nautical miles of bluewater cruising, I could count the …

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Used boat values and pricing – determining a boat’s worth

BOAT VALUES AND PRICES SHOULDN’T BE A MYSTERY – HERE’S HOW THEY WORK  Understanding boat prices should be like understanding car prices, right? Just look up the NADA or Kelley blue book value and you’re on your way. Unfortunately it’s not that easy! Why? Because many personal watercraft and boat models aren’t listed in boat …

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How to buy a boat – everything you need to know

Want to buy a boat but your head is spinning? When we bought our first boat, there was so much to learn about the different makes, models, features, not to mention the boating lingo (what’s the heck is a pushpit or a garboard?!). We didn’t know where to find the good deals and couldn’t understand …

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Conducting a quick boat survey

Congratulations you think you may have found your next boat! Now what? Time to take a closer look. Viewing a boat for the first time can be an intimidating prospect, especially if you’re a first time boat buyer. There are so many areas to inspect, questions to ask, and lists to check. Just the excitement of being on a boat can be enough to fog our judgment.

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