Consumers can buy used boats at marine dealerships or through local newspaper classified listings. Other options include websites such as eBay, Boat Trader, Boats.com and the boats section of Craigslist, as of March 2015.
Buyers who want to see a used boat in person before purchasing should start with boat dealerships and local classified listings. Many boat dealers carry a limited stock of used boats. Boat advertisements usually appear in the Boats or Recreational Vehicles section. Local Craigslist sites also feature boat listings, separated into boats for sale by owners and by dealers.
More experienced boat buyers can use eBay to find used boats. The boats for sale are usually sold in eBay's online auctions, but some come with the option to purchase immediately. When buying from eBay, the buyer is responsible for scheduling and paying for shipping or pickup.
Specialty websites, such as Boat Trader and Boats.com, are an option for buyers who want a wider selection. The boats on these sites are located all over the United States, so buyers may need to pay for a marine inspector to verify the boat's condition. Most listings on Boat Trader and Boats.com require the buyer to handle shipping or pickup after the sale.