Mid Size Power Boats

Mid Size Power Boats

A Guide for Discriminating Buyers

by David Pascoe

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Chapter 15

Boat Shopping

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Table of Contents

New Boats
Test Runs
Used Boats
The Florida Market
Fresh Water Boats
Other Regional Considerations
Making Your Own Appraisal
Appraisal Books
Regional Variations
Fickleness of Pricing
Repossessions & Salvage


There's no doubt about it, going boat shopping is an arduous task, particularly for used boats. Fortunately, the Internet has made that a lot easier for used boats. Even so, it is still a very time consuming process. So in this chapter I'll give you some tips on how to avoid wasting time and money.

New Boats

Shopping for new boats is fairly straightforward, since nearly all mid size boats are sold through dealerships.

Unfortunately, collecting boat brochures is of little value because, whereas years ago brochures were chock full of useful information, today they are nothing more that assemblages of slick pictures.

In recent years, it has become very difficult to obtain even the most rudimentary technical information. Web sites are usually just mirror images of the brochures.

Boat shows may or may not be the best way to see the largest variety of boats and really get a close look at them, depending on the number of dealerships in your area.

Personally, I find boat shows to a rather poor venue for looking at boats closely, and much prefer going to a dealer showroom on Monday morning when no one is there and I have the boat all to myself instead of trying to look through a crowd.

If you can get to a major boating center where there are numerous dealers, this is by far the better way to view boats up close and personal. True, you'll have a salesman hanging on your back like a second shirt, but maybe you'll become adept at shaking them off. I do all my previewing of new boats at dealerships.

Test Runs

These are tougher for new boats than used because you'll have to demonstrate a very serious interest before the salesman will go to all that trouble, but you may be able to finagle one without a deposit if you can convince the man you are really serious.

For used boats, all you have to do is make an offer and give a deposit which will be refunded if you don't like what you see.

cover art: Boat two bows Mid Size Power Boats
- A Guide to Discriminating Buyers

Soft Cover
512 pages
Publisher: D. H. Pascoe & Co., Inc.
Published: 2003
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0965649636
ISBN-13: 9780965649636

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David Pascoe - Biography

David Pascoe is a second generation marine surveyor in his family who began his surveying career at age 16 as an apprentice in 1965 as the era of wooden boats was drawing to a close.

Certified by the National Association of Marine Surveyors in 1972, he has conducted over 5,000 pre purchase surveys in addition to having conducted hundreds of boating accident investigations, including fires, sinkings, hull failures and machinery failure analysis.

Over forty years of knowledge and experience are brought to bear in following books. David Pascoe is the author of:

In addition to readers in the United States, boaters and boat industry professionals worldwide from over 70 countries have purchased David Pascoe's books, since introduction of his first book in 2001.

In 2012, David Pascoe has retired from marine surveying business at age 65.

On November 23rd, 2018, David Pascoe has passed away at age 71.

Biography - Long version