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BoatUS debuts online boat-buying guide

When you fix a boat, you need your toolbox.
How do you know this one could be the right boat to buy? BoatUS’s new Boat Buyers Toolbox may help give you some answers.

How do you know this one could be the right boat to buy? BoatUS’s new Boat Buyers Toolbox may help give you some answers.

When you fix a boat, you need your toolbox.

When you need a boating fix, BoatUS says, people who look to buy a boat go to its Boat Buyer’s Toolbox.

The new free online boat-buying resource provides information and tips on such topics as how to buy, where to find a boat, what to look for and buying a new boat, compared with a used one.

“We've been helping people navigate the sometimes choppy waters of boat buying for over 40 years,” BoatUS director of consumer protection Charles Fort said in a statement. “We give you the resources to help determine a boat’s condition and value so you can make a smart offer, tell you how to avoid scams, help make sense of warranties and decide if an extended service contract is worth it. We also give you the need-to-know information on sales contracts, insurance and financing. It’s everything you need, no matter if you’re buying your first boat or if you’re on your tenth.”

Also covered are the necessary title, documentation and registration paperwork to make it all legal.

In addition to the new downloadable toolbox, BoatUS offers boat loans, insurance coverage, on-water 24-hour towing, a no-cost directory of marine surveyors and a boat graphics service with a library more than 8,000 boat names — including the 10 most popular — to choose from.

Boaters that join BoatUS for $24 annually also have unlimited access to its Boat Value Check Service, which provides a free estimate of the value of a used boat.

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