Tips for Buying and Selling a Boat

Explore Lake Champlain’s scenic waterways in the comfort of your own boat.

Whether on board a cruiser, a runabout, a powerboat or a fishing boat, you’ll set your own course for a day trip with family or friends.

Boat buying can be intimidating. If you’ve always bought new cars because you don’t want to spend time on maintenance or repairs and you want a warranty, a new boat may be for you.

In addition to individuals selling their own boats and dealers selling new and used boats, you’ll find brokers who sell mostly high-end boats. Buying a used boat that has been researched and inspected can result in a great deal. If you are in the market and are considering selling your boat and would like to be a part of Boat Headquarters great inventory of pre-owned boats for sale please consider contacting us or calling 802-868-4444. Conversely if you are looking to buy used boats please consider the services of Boat Headquarters.

The best time to buy a boat is during the off-season. Boat prices tend to be highest in early summer for areas with a cold winter. In warm climates there is no off-season. However, good deals are possible on leftover models at the end of the model year.


Center-Console Fishing Boats

Allow angling from any place on deck, since the control station is located in the center. Generally outboard powered, some have small cabins for the “porta-potty” or to escape a squall. Depending on size, can be used offshore as well as coastal fishing.

Length from mid-teens to high-20s. (Trailerable; 1 to 5 people)


Bow Riders

All-purpose runabouts with extra seats and forward access to the bow, a convenient spot to relax and sun. Outboard or stern-drive power. Smaller versions are fine for water skiing; larger versions allow some weekenders. All are suited to short-distance cruising. Length from mid-teens to upper-20s ft. long. (Trailerable; 1-5 people)


Feature open or closed bows, outboard or stern-drive power, and mostly vee-hulls. Fun for water skiing and wakeboarding, fishing, cruising, and sunning throughout the day. Some add camper canvas to allow overnights. Probably the most popular fiberglass boat made, though some are aluminum construction. Range from about 16 to upper 20 ft. (Trailerable; 1-8 people)


Cuddy Cabins

Small cruisers with compact cabins to overnight, do some simple cooking, and get out of the weather. Outboard or stern-drive power. Great day cruisers and weekenders for small groups. Also used on big water for trolling for fish. Length from high-teens to about 30 ft. (Trailerable; 1-5 people)

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