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EXPERT INSIGHT: The Smart Whys of a Mechanical Survey

You’ve come to the point where it is time to reward yourself. After browsing the Internet, reading boating magazines, and talking with friends and spending time on their boats, you’ve made a decision to put an offer in on a boat. Pretty soon, you’ll need a surveyor. ...more

Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show, Photo Credit: Forest Johnson

Why Every Boater Needs a Broker-Today

You’re a boater, plain and simple. As such, you’re very happy with the boat you’ve got. You’ve got her pretty well dialed in, she looks good, and, other than not spending quite enough time in the helm chair, your boat is just about right. But that doesn’t mean you’re not casting a sideways glance at ...more

Bob Denison - Denison Yacht Sales

EXPERT INSIGHT: 4 Traits We Look For in a Broker that You Should Too

We yacht brokers are usually pretty good at color-coordinating our boat shoes with our belts. Most of us have nice business cards. Our bios usually contain convincing catch-phrases like, “grew up on the water” and “boating is his passion.” While those qualities can sometimes be appealing to a client, they’re really not enough. A new ...more

Bob Underwood, Whiteaker Yacht Sales

Buyers and Sellers: Take Your Pic

You may not be ready to sell your current boat just yet. And you may not even be ready to buy your next boat (though you’re visiting But every boat is going to be for sale at some point. If you’ve been out of the market for a couple of years, quietly and thoroughly ...more

Scott Helker, Waterline Boats

How Will You Use Your Boat—And for How Long?

There’s a fundamental difference in the way boaters and boat buyers—those currently in the market—think about boats, and it came up in a conversation I had recently with Scott Helker at Waterline Boats in Seattle. “I think most people buy boats with the intent of having them for a long time,” Helker says. “But the ...more

Edgartown Harbor in Martha's Vineyard

The Fog of Boat Ownership

Since it’s midseason for boating in most of the United States now, it may be a good time to step back and look at the state of your boating life. Many boaters across the country obviously find June, July, and August to be prime boating months, where cool breezes kiss away the oppressive heat and ...more


Target Acquired

How do you start to look for your next boat? Is it a lightning-bolt moment where you’re just blithely idling through the harbor back to your slip and you see a boat on a mooring that wasn’t there when you left? The light hits her just so and suddenly you can see nothing but the ...more

Larry Rutter, Rudders and Moorings Yacht Sales

Hey New Boaters, Get Started Now

There’s nothing wrong with being inexperienced or new at something, and boating is no exception. Part of me is always surprised when even the crustiest old salt shows seemingly unending patience with novices on his boat. There’s a joy that everyone takes in showing someone the ropes—anyone with more than one child knows this firsthand. ...more

Chuck Royhl, Sarasota Yacht and Ship

A Captain’s Confidence

When you are on your boat, you’re in charge. That’s a large part of the appeal of boating and it’s a great feeling, but with it comes great responsibility. As much as any of us like to joke that “I’ll ask the boss” when someone asks you a question you’d defer to your wife or ...more

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