To find reputable boat brokers, contact national and state marine industry associations, such as the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas or the National Marine Manufacturers Association. Government agencies that regulate boating also provide consumer guidance regarding local boating brokers.
While state regulations vary, most boat brokers are required to be licensed and to uphold certain standards regarding the sale of marine products. Local Chamber of Commerce offices are also able to provide suggestions regarding the most reputable boat brokers in their area. When researching a specific broker, check Better Business Bureau accreditation and ratings, and review any listed complaints. Seek out reviews of specific boat brokers on websites, such as Angie's List, and ask boat brokers for their credentials to ensure that they are properly licensed.