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Read this article for tips on what to look for when buying a used boat and information on how products like AMSOIL’s 10W-30 Synthetic Marine Engine Oil can extend its lifespan. There is a lot of confusion when it comes to buying a product that has been used. The confusion often increases when the product you’re buying is a used car or a motorcycle. So much so, that previous articles provided tips to help used car and used motorcycle buyers navigate the experience.

What to Ask and Look for When Buying a Used Boat

However, what about buying a used boat? This is often something which isn’t spoken about because it isn’t that common. However, buying and selling of used boats does happen, and it comes with similar risks for buying any vehicle. If you are considering buying a used boat and want some information on what to look out for and what to ask, this post from Progressive Products can help.

Out it Comes!

The first thing that you will want to do is to get the boat out of the water (if it’s in the dock) and inspect the hull for any damage. In particular, look for cracks and fractures which could indicate that the boat has come into contact with a heavy and stationary object. In other words, look for signs that the boat has been in a collision. While it might not turn you off buying it, you will need to know the condition of the structure.

Start It Up!

Once you are confident that the hull is in good shape, it’s time to give the engine a start. Why? Because the level of smoke and fumes which it spews out is going to be a good indication of the engine health, and also of the level of maintenance the current owner performs. After all, if they aren’t going to spend the time ensuring the engine works, they aren’t likely to pay too much attention to the rest of the boat.

General Damage

Which bring us to the rest of the boat. If you are certain that the hull is in good shape and the engine runs fine, it’s time to pay attention to smaller details which could lead to larger problems. For example:
  • Cracks in any fiberglass.
  • Any scraped, chipped, peeled, or missing paintwork.
  • Hairline fractures around screws and bolts.
  • Broken or cracked fixtures.
  • Missing or outdated safety items (missing anti-slip flooring, etc.).
Again, these might not be signs that you want to walk away from the boat. However, they are likely to affect its value and also its lifespan. For example, a crack in the fiberglass may seem insignificant now, but once it knocks against the dock as you load it into the water, it could quickly become a concern. To buy the best engine oil for your new boat, click here to purchase AMSOIL’s 10W-30 Synthetic Marine Engine Oil, which has been designed to get the most out of a marine based engine. If you prefer to speak with an expert, call Progressive Products today at (425) 483-2582 and ask about which AMSOIL product is best suited to your needs.


It doesn’t matter how advanced the technology on board the boat you are looking at is, it all relies on one thing; wiring. Whether it’s wiring that you can see or wiring that you need to remove panels to inspect, be sure to look at every cable and wire on the boat. In particular, look for signs or salt air and water damage, such as corrosion on the rubber seals. Along with this, be sure to check for any frayed wires as they could be a sign of bigger electrical problems that could prevent you from calling for help when you need to.


If you are lucky enough to be inspecting a luxury boat or even one with a little more comfort, then you will likely need to inspect the condition of any upholstered items. This could mean chairs, tables, benches, dash trim, and even any entrance areas to provide extra comfort when boarding. As nice as this upholstered trim looks, when it’s on a boat, it has the tendency to attract and absorb any and all salt air and sea water that it can. If left to happen over time, this can easily result in mold and mildew growing inside the upholstery. Of course, this isn’t just a health problem; it can also cause damage to the structure of the boat.

Keep your Boat on the Water for Longer with a Synthetic Oil Change in TARGET

Whether you are buying a brand new boat or one which has seen a bit of use, the quality of the products you put into it will determine the level of performance you will get out of it. Use AMSOIL’s 10W-30 Synthetic Marine Engine Oil to keep your boat running at top performance. Click here to visit Progressive Products’ online store to view the range of high-quality engine oil products. If you aren’t sure which is the best AMSOIL product for you, speak with an expert by calling (425) 483-2582 to learn more.

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