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Monday, July 5, 2010

Online Boat Auctions

Buying a boat nowadays requires a lot of effort.  First you have to do all the research on the boat – is it better suited for salt water, or is it better suited for fresh water?  Once you have done your research you then have to head down to the boat dealership to find out how much the boat will cost you.  You can end up spending weeks traveling to and from all the dealerships in your area – trying to find a deal that best suits you.  Yet you end up spending more than you want on a boat that you don’t love.  Not to mention the amount of time you inevitably have to take off from work and making money.  Going to online boat auctions saves you time and money.

Online boat auctions can be a hazardous adventure for those who do not do their research – you know, the people who see a deal on a 36-Footer, put down $5,000 (thinking it was a steal) only to realize that the boat has been in four major accidents, and was just recently fished out of a lake.  Hence the need for research.  With the volume of online boat auctions, taking the time to find the reputable boats available would be a good idea.  Remember, there are literally tens of thousands of boats available.  The vast majority does come from legitimate places such as from the government (federal, state, and local).  And more likely than not, you will end up at some form of a government online boat auction.  There you will find boats ranging from the mundane to the outrageous amphibious military vehicle.  Of course you would be wise to find out the vehicle’s history.  More likely than not, that means obtaining the Hull Identification Number (If the boat has had major work, then make sure that you get the Hull Identification Number for any replacement parts, such as the engine and transmission), and using it to get a vehicle history report.  Once you have that vehicle history report, you can make an educated decision on how much you are willing to bid.  The best decision you can make is to stick to that number.  Remember, you will more likely than not be able to find a similar boat, for the price that you set.

Now that we know the benefits of boat ownership, and possible pitfalls, we need to find Online Boat Auctions.  Relying on late night infomercials to find us great deals for pennies on the dollar is probably a very bad idea (almost as bad as putting a great white shark in your fish-tank).  Spending hours searching the Internet and newspapers is just not worth it, when you could be spending that time with friends and family. Remember to be smart and do your research, and one way to do that is to activate your free trial here. Once you have, you should be good to go, and should be able to find yourself a nice boat with Online Boat Auctions


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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Government Boat Auctions

Now that was some dream.  So there I was driving a speedboat, beautiful people were all around me.  Sun was beating down from up high, and I had a synchronized water skiing team being towed on the back of the boat.  They had just formed a pyramid, and then I woke up.

Had I been smart, that wouldn’t be a dream.  That really could have been me driving that boat.  Last week, the government was holding a boat auction at the local marina, and I thought about going, but I didn’t think there were any worthwhile boats up for auction.  Boy was I wrong.  A friend of mine went, just for the heck of it.  He invited me for a ride out on his boat yesterday, and let me tell you, that boat was fast.  Apparently drug smugglers to avoid being detected by the coast guard, had used the boat. When the coast guard had finished their investigation, they put the boat up for a government boat auction.  Now here I am, sitting at home in my parent’s basement, wishing that I could go out and do some fishing on a nice speedboat.

There are other boats available for auction too.  The government has boats they no longer need.  Boats used by the military, which are outdated for military uses are put up for government auctions too.  These boats were built for the long haul and can easily be used for years to come (If you are lucky, you may find yourself on the winning end of a boat with some battle scars – perfect for your ‘war’ story).  Boats used to patrol ports, borders, and bodies of water are also available.  There is nothing wrong with these boats either.  More often than not, agencies will update their fleets to deal with their evolving jobs.  They don’t need these boats anymore so they hold government boat auctions to get rid of their extra inventory, and more often than not, they are willing to auction these boats off at a reduced price.

Now granted, buying one of these boats may not result in a sudden popularity boost for you, nor allow you to be the boat-driver for a team of world champion, synchronized water skiers, but you could still end up with a nice boat to take you and your friends fishing.  If you are more of an entrepreneur, you could bid on a larger boat, and retrofit the boat into a party boat – renting it for Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, Sweet 16s and many more parties. Simply put, government boat auctions are a great place to start or supplement your boat owning experience.

So how do you find these government boat auctions?  After all, not all of us have that friend that just seems to be able to find these auctions at random.  Searching your local paper may help you find an auction, but chances are your local government doesn’t hold many auctions. And spending hours searching the internet can be a hassle, especially when you could be spending that time with family.  Login to your free trial account here, and search faster and easier, and give yourself more time to investigate an actual boat, as opposed to spending time looking for them.


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