9780071496735

Your First Powerboat How to Find, Buy, and Enjoy the Best Boat for You

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    9780071496735

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    0071496734

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-08-11
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
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Summary

Next to your house, your boat may well be the biggest investment you ever make. Buying and owning a boat involves one baffling decision after another. Yet informed, impartial guidance is almost impossible to find-until now, that is.

Author Biography

Bob Armstrong is a respected boating author and journalist, a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed Master, and a boat captain since 1962. He has written hundreds of boat reviews for magazines, has worked as a surveyor, agent, and expert witness, and has bought and sold more boats than he can recall.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. IX
Do you Really Need to Buy a Boat?
Do I Need to Read This Chapter?p. 1
Owning a Boat Can Be a Bittersweet Pleasurep. 1
Viable Alternatives to Ownershipp. 5
It's a Wrapp. 16
Choosing the Right Boat
Do I Need to Read This Chapter?p. 17
The Wrong Boat Can Never Be Rightp. 17
Things to Consider Before You Buyp. 18
List Your Prioritiesp. 42
Make the Sea Trial Countp. 43
It's a Wrapp. 44
New or Used?
Do I Need to Read This Chapter?p. 45
Which Is a Better Buy?p. 45
Let the BUC Stop Herep. 50
Dealer or Private Sale?p. 51
Repossessionsp. 53
"Ugly Ducklings"p. 53
It's a Wrapp. 56
Package Deals
Do I Need to Read This Chapter?p. 57
What Does the Deal Include?p. 57
Final Thoughtsp. 67
It's a Wrapp. 68
Financing
Do I Need to Read This Chapter?p. 69
Who Needs Financing?p. 69
Boat Loan Basicsp. 71
Money Sourcesp. 79
Registration: More than Fifty Ways to Pay the Piperp. 81
It's a Wrapp. 85
Where Will you Keep It?
Do I Need to Read This Chapter?p. 86
Where Will Your Boat Sit When It Isn't in Use?p. 86
It's a Wrapp. 95
The Joys of Trailering
Do I Need to Read This Chapter?p. 96
Why a Trailer?p. 96
What, Exactly, Is a Trailerable Boat?p. 96
The Realities of Traileringp. 99
You'll Need Some Education, Toop. 105
It's a Wrapp. 105
Choosing the Right Dealer
Do I Need to Read This Chapter?p. 106
What Makes a Dealer "Right"?p. 106
It's a Wrapp. 110
Be your Own Surveyor
Do I Need to Read This Chapter?p. 111
Narrowing Your Choicesp. 111
Reading the Telltale Signsp. 111
Assessing Valuep. 124
Checking Out New Boatsp. 129
The Sea Trialp. 133
It's a Wrapp. 138
But you'll Need a Professional Survey, too
Do I Need to Read This Chapter?p. 139
Why Have a Survey?p. 139
Types of Surveysp. 140
How to Find a Surveyorp. 147
Specialty Surveysp. 148
It's a Wrapp. 149
Insurance: Another Way Boats are Different
Do I Need to Read This Chapter?p. 150
They Have You Coveredp. 150
The Devil Is in the Detailsp. 152
Policy Limitsp. 152
Filing a Claimp. 158
Keeping Premiums Lowp. 159
It's a Wrapp. 161
Maintenance
Do I Need to Read This Chapter?p. 162
Maintenance Optionsp. 162
It's a Wrapp. 168
Warranties
Do I Need to Read This Chapter?p. 169
All Warranties Are Limitedp. 169
What Isn't Coveredp. 172
It's a Wrapp. 174
Education
Do I Need to Read This Chapter?p. 175
What Kind of Education?p. 175
Course Optionsp. 177
It's a Wrapp. 182
When It's Time to Sell
Do I Need to Read This Chapter?p. 183
Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrowp. 183
It's a Wrapp. 189
Gallery of Powerboats
Bowridersp. 191
Center Consolesp. 192
Convertibles/Sedans/Sportfishermenp. 193
Cuddy Cabinsp. 194
Deck Boatsp. 196
Express Cruisersp. 197
Houseboatsp. 199
Motoryachtsp. 200
Performance Boatsp. 201
RIBsp. 202
Runaboutsp. 203
Ski Boatsp. 204
Trawler Yachtsp. 205
Wakeboard Boatsp. 206
Walkaroundsp. 207
Resourcesp. 208
Indexp. 215
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