Having spent time at the Miami Boat Show this year, I still feel a bit dizzied from the shimmer of polished stainless and the intoxicating smell of fresh fiberglass. As I wandered the show, which many exhibitors said felt busier than it had in years, I marveled at how fortunate some people are to be able to go to Miami to purchase a new boat. If you’re not at the point where you can shop for a new boat, doing your homework can help you find the best of what’s on the used market.
Truth is, the marine market needs used boat buyers because they eventually purchase new boats. For good or ill, buying a boat is tinged with emotion, which is why you need to be aware of a boat’s shortcomings before you fall in love with it. 16ft Smittys Bahamas skiff in good working order with tiller Nissan 40hp motor on Continental trailer.
2006 Used Triton 2895 Center Console With used Aluminum Trailer and packaged with Brand New Yamaha Four Stroke 300 Hp pair of engines. I have added a Marine radio, Garmin satellite GPS Map 4212, and sirius satellite stereo system. Value-priced Taiwan Marine Trader sundeck trawler for sale; with classic trawler profile, traditional teak interior is ideally suited for the cruising couple.
Layout on this sundeck trawler for sale includes two staterooms, full center line queen aft and double to starboard arrangement forward.
The spacious salon includes a well-equipped galley on the port side and a dinette with table to starboard. Lower helm is forward to starboard with easy access to the outside decks through an adjacent sliding door. Additional features include sundeck access from the salon, fiberglass decks, dinghy with Mercury outboard, and Weaver davits.
The boat is in above average condition; no window leaks or stains anywhere, good fuel tanks, canvas in excellent condition. Exclusions: personal affects, boat pictures, baskets, books, TV in master stateroom, pots, pans, utensils, dishes. Paradise Yachts offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. If you are considering living aboard or doing some extended cruising, Mike can help guide you to your dreams. Join our mailing list and be the 1st to receive the latest news, offers and exclusive promotions all delivered directly to your inbox.


Over the years I have dealt with many brokers; mostly the kind that are there for the quick deal and then on their way.
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. Once you have an idea of the kind of boat you want and need, online forums are a good way to get opinions on different brands of boats. As important as it is to seek owners’ opinions, it’s even more important to seek an expert’s opinion.
Another little-known tip for buying a used boat is that there may be tax advantages to buying from a dealer, particularly if you have a trade-in. Yamaha Motors will have full 3 year factory warranty + the FREE 3 Year Extended YES Yamaha Factory warranty = 6 years Yamaha Outboard warranty! A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. Although a Florida native from Cocoa Beach, he grew up along the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We want to thank you ever so much for all that you have done for us, this week has been a whirl wind, an education and learning process and fun.
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. Many will be conflicting and biased—and some will be penned by nitwits—so be aware of when and how much salt to take with the advice you find. Believe it or not, lots of new-boat  buyers don’t invest in a quality trailer because they know they’re going to trade up in a few years.


Depending on where you live, you might be taxed only on the difference between the trade and the boat you’re buying. You will be better off buying a boat that was used solely in fresh water than one used strictly in saltwater, or even one used sporadically in the briny stuff.
A few years on, when you can afford to buy a new boat  at the Miami show and toast your latest purchase at some swanky art deco hotel, you can rely on the manufacturers’ warranties. Paradise Yachts offers new-to-boating customers hands-on instruction aboard Mike and Mary's trawler to those that feel they need it prior to their purchase.
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. There’s a lot to the art of finding a good used boat, and you’ll discover the obvious fine points along the way.
It will be a good way of collecting anecdotal evidence of people’s experiences with different kinds of boats.
Because they’re not going to keep the boat more than three or five years, they don’t spend money on a quality trailer.
For example, if you buy a $35,000 boat with a $20,000 trade-in, you only pay tax on the $15,000 difference. There’s no way to tell if a saltwater engine has been flushed regularly,  because the damage comes from the inside, not the outside, and what it costs in transportation to get it home is probably less costly than the internal damage from salt water. 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. Figure about $10 to $20 a foot for an inspection, and a couple of hundred bucks for a sea trial. While the surveyor is there, you might consider having him perform compression and leak-down tests on the engine, particularly if it has more than 500 hours on it. They just go for “good enough.” So, the next guy who thinks he’s found a bargain on the boat—that’d be you—could end up spending a lot on trailer repairs or a replacement, which might make what was a sweet deal not so sweet after all.
Simply put, a compression test shows the engine’s ability to generate cylinder pressure, and a leak-down test demonstrates its ability to hold that pressure.
There isn’t one website to point you to, so check with the DMV in your area and neighboring states.



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