Sites such as Boat Trader, iBoats.com, eBay and Craigslist allow users to search for listings from private sellers and dealers specifically in the state of Florida. Some sites limit results based on state or ZIP code, while others require users to select a specific city or area within Florida first.
Users searching for used houseboats within specific regions of Florida should use Craigslist because it organizes classifieds ads based on the major cities and regions within the state. Once users choose a location, such as Fort Meyers or the Florida Keys, they view listings for houseboats by visiting the Boats area of the For Sale section and conducting a keyword search for the term "houseboat." This displays all listings that have that term in either the heading or body of the ad. It is important to note that some listings may not contain this term even if they are for selling houseboats, so users should search a variety of terms and check individual listings to avoid missing a potential ad.
Regardless of the site they use to find listings, buyers should thoroughly inspect the interior and exterior of any boat to look for any signs of damage. The buyer should discuss the location and severity of any damage with the seller to negotiate a discount if the buyer wishes to proceed with the sale.