Features February 2011 Issue

More Marine Treasures To Buy Used

As the economy has withered, the market for secondhand boat gear has flourished. Used marine-gear stores such as Fort Lauderdale’s Sailorman and Newport Beach’s Minney’s have seen both the supply and demand of used boat gear on the rise. Buying secondhand is typically easier on your wallet and on the environment, but used gear shopping certainly has its ups and downs. In this report, Practical Sailor talks to those in the know—the friendly faces running the secondhand marine stores—and takes a look at what used gear to look for and what to steer clear of. Deck gear—snatch blocks, winches, bronze cleats—can be worth the bin-digging at a boating consignment shop. Ground tackle, if it has a shank stamped with a recognizable brand name, also can be a smart buy. However, purchasing used marine electronics, safety gear, or an anonymous anchor can be iffy. As with any gear purchased secondhand, it's buyer beware. Sailors should do their research before heading to a consignment store, and always take with you a list and a budget.

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