buying used boat trailer

Tips for Buying a Used Boat Trailer

If you are buying a smaller boat, then you are likely looking at buying a trailer as well. Used boat trailers can be a good deal if they are in good shape. Many used boats are also for sale with the trailer included. But how do you know if that used trailer is actually a…

boat show tips

Geared Up For Boat Show Season

Some of the biggest and best boat shows happen over fall and winter. People flock to large shows in Fort Lauderdale and Annapolis, and take in the latest vessels in smaller shows in places like Seattle and Vancouver. How can you make the best of your boat show experience? Here are a few things that will help you…

boat loan tax dedcution

Boat Loan Tax Deduction Requirements

How to write-off your boat loan interest as a second home for federal tax deduction in the U.S. Boaters are always looking for ways to make boating more affordable, and writing off your boat loan interest on your tax return can provide big annual savings! Yes, your boat loan interest is tax deductible! Many boat owners in…

family boating time

3 Reasons Your Family will Love Your New Boat

Why owning a boat is more affordable than you think… and a worthwhile investment in your family leisure time Most of us live in the vicinity of a body of water, be it a river, a lake, a sea or an ocean. We are well aware of the opportunities it offers, but actually taking the…

Baltimore Boat Show

Baltimore Boat Show Lures Visitors with Boating Experiences

The 2015 Progressive Insurance Baltimore Boat Show will be filled with hundreds of boats, interactive and educational activities and family fun January 29 – February 1, 2015 Boaters in the Baltimore MD area looking to experience warmer thoughts this winter can celebrate the 61th anniversary of the Baltimore Boat Show as it gets underway at the Baltimore…

Comparing Sterndrive IO vs. Inboard Engines for Power Boats

Compare the performance, reliability, maintenance, convenience and efficiency when choosing between sterndrive IO and inboard engines for power boats. Many express cruiser style power boats offer both sterndrive inboard outboard (IO) and inboard (direct drive or V-drive) engine propulsion system options. Choosing between these engine drive types should be given careful thought for a new…

What you Should Know Before Hiring or Buying a Boat

Tips for choosing the type of boat for your lifestyle and how to buy a boat that meets your budget If you’ve decided to hire or buy a boat, then you’ve made the right choice. Boating makes all the difference to lifestyle and enjoyment of life. Until you’ve done it, there’s no way of knowing…

Boat Rentals by Owner?

How to lower the expense of boat ownership by safely renting out the use of your boat They say the average boat is only used 15 days a year… which leaves 350 days of the year to pay for the boat, storage, maintenance, and registration expenses. We all understand that boating is expensive and this…

How to do a Boat Renaming and Christening Ceremony for New Boat Name

The ritual of a boat christening ceremony ensures that a new boat name is accepted by nautical gods of the sea. Legend says without one, a boat will be unlucky. Since the beginning of time, sailors have believed that there are lucky vessels and unlucky vessels. The unluckiest vessels are those that have changed their boat…

Choosing MerCruiser Bravo 1, 2, 3 and Alpha One Boat Outdrives

Learn more about why boaters are choosing MerCruiser’s popular Bravo Series sterndrives and the Alpha One outdrive for power boat drive systems As one of the leading manufacturers of sterndrives, MerCruiser brands by Mercury Marine offer very popular choices for inboard outboard power boats. With over 20 MerCruiser sterndrive systems to choose from, the Bravo…

Avoiding MerCruiser Bravo 3 Outdrive Corrosion Problems on Boats

Boats with MerCruiser Bravo Three outdrives can avoid galvanic corrosion problems or damage with proper sterndrive installation, maintenance and protection The MerCruiser Bravo 3 sterndrive is one of the most popular and innovative outdrive designs introduced to the marine market by Mercury. Bravo 3 outdrives feature counter-rotating dual propellers that improve propulsion efficiency, speed, acceleration…

selling a boat

Boat Loan Financing Basics When Purchasing New or Used Boats

Review what to expect in the boat loan financing process when buying a new or used boat, including the basics of financing and how to find a marine lender Whether you are a new boater looking to buy your first boat or an existing boater looking to upgrade to a bigger boat, boat loan financing…

pontoon boats

Pontoon Boats Buying Guide by Brand, Manufacturer and Boat Model

Pontoon boats are a popular and growing boating trend… Review the brands, manufacturers and models available for today’s pontoon boat buyers Pontoon boats have grown in popularity in recent years because of their affordability, convenience and emphasis on comfort. With “car like” driving and maneuverability, even novice boaters can quickly learn how to navigate waters…