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Welcome to Boating’s 2023 Boat Buyers Guide! Our team produces this guide annually to serve you as you prepare to buy your next (or first) boat. Knowledge of a boat’s performance ranks as a key factor that provides confidence to buyers, whether at a boat show or in the dealer’s showroom. Boating editors rate as a top source for this information. Our tech team of professionals boasts a combined two centuries of assessing boats and creating reports about them for a living. (If you want to add in their personal boating time prior to working this field, our editors’ combined boating experience is even greater.) We eat, sleep and drink boats. We also run more boats—and a wider variety of boats—than anyone else.
So, what does this experience and dedication do for you? One, it provides you with performance tests you can trust. Second, you get the insightful commentary that can only come from professionals who can view a given boat through three lenses: what it is in itself, how it compares to other similar boats, and where it fits in the universe of all boats. Third, with the compilation of this annual Boat Buyers Guide, our team of staffers and contributors delivers you a means to compare a number of boats of the same type.
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Improve performance with the right propeller.
Get salty with Volvo Penta’s Coastal Series sterndrives.
These three-passenger inflatables offer three times the fun – and then some.
How to handle stand-on and give-way situations.
Even launch ramps can be treacherous in certain conditions.
Electric power-assist ushers in a new era in DIY marine steering upgrades.
Boatbuilders will sell complete electric propulsion system as an OEM component.
The build quality of an anchor locker can tell you about the construction of a boat.