Four Sites Making Waves for Summer
There are a million different boating sites out there for all of your needs. We found 4 must have sites for this summer though- and we promise you won’t be disappointed!
A new up and coming business that we’ve all been waiting for is BoatsGo.com. With all of the daily deal sites out there, it’s about time someone created one specifically designed for boaters! BoatsGo does just that, offering deals on products, services, labor and events (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMSL4mLjwtw). BoatsGo is just getting started in South Florida but is rapidly working on expansion. BoatsGo creator, Stephen Munive created the site because “Boaters are very passionate and social. And, since boating is not an inexpensive hobby, most boaters are always looking for a way to save some money, so they can spend more time on the water.” As a bonus for Boat History Report members, they are offering a special $10 credit to your BoatsGo account when you sign up. Use the promo code (BHR13), which is good towards purchases on BoatsGo. Register here to take advantage of this offer: http://boatsgo.com/user/signup.
Why do we like it? With all of the costs associated with boating, a little break here and there is much appreciated! You never know what deal you’ll see come through the website!
Another website you’ll want to check out is the Alliance. A nonprofit company, the Alliance was formed through the collaboration of 6 individual marine companies looking to make boating safer for all. They make it easy to get updated chart information and connect with the people that can help. One particular partner in the Alliance, OceanGrafix, is one of the leading providers of marine navigation charts and works closely with NOAA to ensure every chart is up-to-date at all times. One of the most critical items for any boater, especially with the influx of debris littering our waterway floors from storms and runoffs, is an updated chart of your planned course. This is an ESSENTIAL FIRST STOP when preparing for boating season this summer. Updating your charts can save not only your boat, but your life as well. Please make this a must before hitting the waves.
Why do we like it? We all have that friend that still uses paper charts from 1973 but it’s time to frame and display the ole paper page. Besides, we don’t want him missing out on buried treasure from 1984! Let’s keep him, as well as ourselves a little safer on the water.
If you are in the process of buying a boat, there are a surplus of classified sites at your disposal. One of our favorites is BoatingBay. Founded in 2006, Christopher Bailey has quickly made BoatingBay.com one of the largest networks in the USA with over 60,000 boats for sale. With prompt customer service and ease of use, the site provides fast, easy and FREE ways to search for new and used boats. The site is also optimized for the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices which is ideal for people on the move. If you are shopping for a boat in your local area, the “Quick Boat Finder” automatically and quickly finds boats for sale based on your physical location without having to waste time manually inputting your information. Also, for Boat History Report members, BoatingBay.com has offered a free boat listing by simply logging in under www.boatingbay.com/bhr. Definitely a great one stop shop for quick and easy boat research.
Why do we like it? BoatingBay.com has unparalleled customer service and ease of use. The site is clean and everything you need is incredibly easy to access. We love the drive and determination from Mr. Bailey that has quickly made this one of the best sites on the market.
Once you have found your perfect boat on BoatingBay, how do you know if you’re getting a good deal or not? That’s simple- NADAGuides.com. NADAguides is known for its comprehensive pricing guide, offering a wide range of data, products and services, informational articles, tips and advice and video buying guides. Whether it’s a private seller or a Brokerage/Dealer, NADAguides serves to give you a great starting point in your negotiations. As the leading provider of vehicle pricing and services, NADAguides should be an essential step in your decision making process, also giving you an idea of how well the boat will hold its value through the years.
Why we like it: We have worked with NADAguides.com since we first began and have enjoyed their level of professionalism and integrity. They are the best site out there as far as pricing guides and are definitely a go-to on our list.
It’s summer- get out there and boat!