Boat Trader Online would like to extend its congratulations to Mike Phua, who won first place in the Anglers Marine Pro-staff tournament held on Dec. We will be featuring more about Mike and pro bass fishing in coming blog entries and the Boat Trader Online Current newsletter. A reputable dealership is likely to provide good service after a sale, whether you’re buying used or new. You have three choices when it comes to buying a used boat: private party, broker, or dealer. One thing you have to accept when you buy from a dealer is that you might have to pay a bit more for a given model.
That’s when you need to get an impartial surveyor, something we’ve covered in this blog before.
Another advantage of buying from dealer is that you have a little bit of recourse with a dealer if you find something wrong. There is an old adage that says the two best days in a boat owner’s life are the day he buys and the day he sells.


I’ve sold a few boats that I still mourn selling and wish I’d hung on to them; my emotional attachment is that strong. My boating buddy, Jeff, told me of some friends of his who are trying to sell an old boat they’ve grown up with over the past 15 years. My poor marital analogy aside, here are a few suggestions on parting ways with the old boat.  Hopefully, they will make your new-boat love affair go much smoother. Many dealers also offer service departments, and maintain ongoing relationships with the builders whose boats they offer.
If price is the most important selling point to you, then maybe you should buy from a private party. The key is to find a dealer who is willing to address problems a surveyor might find or make appropriate price adjustments to compensate for repairs the buyer will have to make later. The statement combines all our dreams and ambitions of boating with the cost and hard-work reality that boat ownership entails. They are generally boats I put a lot of work and effort into and although I was happy to cash the check when they left, I still look back wistfully.  I think of some fond boating memory like teaching my son to sail or a family vacation to the islands, and the boat has a place in my heart.


They will need most of that stuff anyway, and your home, heart and yard will now have space for your intended to move into.  Trust me, there is something emotionally awkward about tripping over old boat parts, triggering memories of a lost love. They have a physical presence and reputations that they need to protect to maintain a stable business in their communities.  So dealers often have a bit more at stake than brokers and consignment houses.
I’m not sure what it says for folks like me who’ve owned many boats — maybe we just like to enjoy those two best days over and over again? If you buy a used car and you have a problem with it first day and you to go back to the dealer, chances are he’s going to do something.



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