Brett Becker

Brett Becker is a freelance writer and photographer who has covered the marine industry for 15 years. In addition to covering the ski boat and runabout markets for Boats.com, he regularly writes and shoots for BoatTrader.com. Based in Ventura, Calif., Becker holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s in mass communication from the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
A purpose-built ski boat has the engine in the middle. This helps the boat get out of the hole fast and provides a flatter wake for the skier.
Boats for waterskiing, wakeboarding, and wake surfing are purpose-built and represent an intense but narrow segment of the market.
Rinda's TechMate diagnostic tool can help with determining engine hours on a used boaat with digital fuel injection.
The Rinda TechMate tool can help determine engine hours on a used boat.
Cumberland HB 2010 Houseboat
An overview of houseboats, from trailerable, single-engine models up to large floating yachts.
Weigh your own skills, time, and money against the complexity of systems on the boat. The more complex they are, the more an extended warranty might make sense.
If you're looking at a used boat with complex systems, consider spending the money for an extended warranty if one is available.
Selling your boat

The old joke about the two best days in a boater’s life being the day they buy their boat and the day they sell it may still hold true. However, the better of those days could be the day you sell your...

Winterizing Your Boat

If you live in the southernmost regions of the United States, you can probably stop reading right now and chuckle with a smug sense of superiority that you can go boating all year round. If you live in...

Miss Geico Racing Team Fast Boat

The greatest powerboats in the world – those that inspire movies and movie stars, the boats that are the most fun to drive, the boats that invite clusters of onlookers at the docks – are speed...

Equally at home in shallow coastal waters or just offshore in the deep, the Pathfinder 2600 TRS packs a lot of comfort into a capable fishing package. All photos courtesy of Maverick Boat Company.

If you’re going to buy a boat, you will likely need insurance. Therefore, it’s recommended that you get a boat insurance quote before you buy the boat so that you have an idea of what this aspect...

High credit scores and liquid funds are the keys to securing boat loans these days.

Shopping for the boat you want is exciting, but if you choose to finance the boat, then you also need to shop for a lender to get a boat loan. Of course, shopping for boat financing isn’t nearly as much...

sea trial checklist

If you can’t afford a marine surveyor, you need to rely on yourself to perform the sea trial. By the time you get to this stage of the buying process, you should have a pretty good idea what kind of...

larson LXH 230

The “pickle fork” design has enjoyed a renaissance in the marine market, getting a firm foothold in the tow boat market a few years ago and spreading to other types of boats, including the family runabout....

If a 2007 Sea Ray 260 Sundancer is the boat you want, then you need to be patient in finding one, willing to travel to see it, and clear about both equipment and cost.

You hear the stories at the local watering holes all the time — those tales of woe from people whose boats don’t quite measure up. We call them “shoulda, coulda, woulda” stories. The mistakes...

A front-wheel drive vehicle can get the job done, depending on the numbers, but rear-wheel drive gets a traction assist from the trailer tongue weight. And four-wheel or all-wheel drive will do best of all.
You can pull a boat with a front-wheel-drive vehicle, but do you really want to?
Fall is often transition time for boaters. Some are shopping for boats to match their changing lifestyle.
Fall and spring is often transition time for boaters. Some are shopping for boats to match their changing lifestyle.

The key to marketing your boat as a private seller is to create an ad that stimulates interest, but doesn’t come across as too, well, “sales-y.” People who prefer buying boats from private parties...

where to sell your boat
To sell your boat, you only need one buyer, but if you are like most sellers, you’ll need an online advertisement with local, national, or even international reach.

The very words “spring break” conjure images of campy 1980s movies featuring beer-swilling co-eds in board shorts and bikinis. Of course, it might still mean the same thing to a new generation of co-eds—Ah,...

Whether you’re at the helm or on the end of the tow rope, the boat you’re using makes a big difference in your water skiing or wakeboarding experience. Manufacturers know this, which is what makes...

Jet Skis are probably the best known brand of PWC

Explore any of the narrow canyons on Utah’s Lake Powell, and you’ll likely find them scuffed with pockmarks the color of Easter eggs. The culprit? Personal watercrafts—better know as PWCs. So many...

Now that Christmas is in the rearview mirror, it’s time to start thinking about summer, and if you’ve got a boat, that means water toys. We’ve put together a sampling of some the coolest and most...