8. Use Discounts
The average Boating reader spends $500 annually on gear. You can chop that number way down simply by finding bargains from online retailers. West Marine and Overton’s constantly offer deals for 10 percent to 25 percent off. Don’t forget to look at West Marine’s clearance outlet online. We found a $45 Shakespeare 8-foot radio antenna for $40 and a $1,500 Torqeedo outboard for $1,270. Also check out the clearance center at the Sierra Trading post (sierratradingpost.com). Early this year the site had deals like $169 polarized sunglasses for $58 and a $450 wetsuit for $240. Estimated Savings: $200+
Have some tips of your own for boating on a budget? Head to the forums to share them with your fellow boaters!