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Anyone can Afford a Boat - Here's a Look at Boat Financing Options

Anyone can Afford a Boat - Here's a Look at Boat Financing Options

Posted by: TJ Johnstone on Apr 20, 2018 5:05:00 PM

If we were playing word association games and someone said the word “boat” it’s pretty unlikely that the next person would say “affordable.” Boat ownership has this idea around it of being unrealistically expensive. And as someone who’s spent nearly a decade helping central Minnesotans finance their boat purchases, I’ve seen firsthand how affordable boat ownership can be.

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5 Boating Safety Tips Every Boater Should Know

5 Boating Safety Tips Every Boater Should Know

Posted by: Mike Zunker on Apr 17, 2018 6:40:00 AM

Many of Minnesota’s residents and visitors know the joy of spending time on the lakes and rivers. It’s definitely a privilege having access to so many wonderful waterways, and with that privilege comes responsibility too. A responsibility to keep yourself, your passengers, and the other individuals enjoying the same water safe. Here are five boating safety tips that will help you do just that.

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New or Used Boat - How Do You Decide?

New or Used Boat - How Do You Decide?

Posted by: Erik Hendricks on Mar 29, 2018 11:20:00 AM

Buying new or used is one of the first decisions you encounter when you want to purchase a boat. You don't have a one-size-fits-all answer you can point to. One of the best ways to discover the best option is to ask yourself a few essential questions. 

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Features to Look For in a Fish and Ski Boat

Features to Look For in a Fish and Ski Boat

Posted by: Mike Zunker on Mar 26, 2018 11:16:00 AM

You live for fishing or skiing, and trying to make do with a general purpose boat is starting to get in the way of your enjoyment. It's time to start looking at a specialized boat with the right set of features to make your outings perfect. Take a look at the list below to help you decide what your dream boat includes. 

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Financing a Boat - How Long Does it Take?

Financing a Boat - How Long Does it Take?

Posted by: TJ Johnstone on Mar 22, 2018 11:20:00 AM

When I work with first-time boat owners, they’re usually pretty surprised when they find out what’s considered a normal length of time for a boat loan. If you’re wondering how long it takes to finance a boat, you’ve come to the right place.

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What to Look for in Your First Boat

What to Look for in Your First Boat

Posted by: Krista Lowery on Mar 17, 2018 9:35:00 AM

You've been dreaming of boat ownership for years, and now you're finally ready to take the jump. It's time to choose your first boat. You have a lot of research to do before you can decide on the right kind of boat for your lifestyle. Here are a few of the most important characteristics to consider during the decision-making process.

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Pontoon Options: What's Right For You?

Pontoon Options: What's Right For You?

Posted by: Tyler Netter on Feb 20, 2018 2:14:00 PM

So you’re looking for a pontoon boat to take you around the lake, but aren't sure which options are right for you. Before you consider what pontoon is going to be the best choice, think of what you will use it for the most. Will you cruise around the lake, take the kiddos tubing, go skiing or wakeboarding, or enjoy a leisurely day of fishing? 

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18 Boating Terms You Want to Know at a Boat Dealership

18 Boating Terms You Want to Know at a Boat Dealership

Posted by: Tyler Netter on Jan 29, 2018 10:34:00 AM

Visiting a boat dealership is a really fun experience. You get to walk onboard multiple types of boats and get a real feel for what it's like to be aboard a brand new boat or pontoon. One thing I've learned in my time at Miller Marine is that some of our customers wish they understood the boater lingo a little bit better. 

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Boat Buying Timeline [Infographic]

Boat Buying Timeline [Infographic]

Posted by: TJ Johnstone on Jan 12, 2018 10:08:00 AM

There's no doubt about it, owning a boat is one of the best ways to get the most out of Minnesotan summers. I mean, there's not a lot that beats time spent out on the water. Whether you're dropping a fishing line, towing the kids in a tube, or enjoying cocktails with friends, watercrafts can make a good summer great .

More and more people have been taking interest in boat ownership, and the boats for sale don't stay on the market too long these days. In order to streamline your boat buying process and help you get the most out of your efforts, I put together this handy infographic that covers the basics of boat buying. 

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2018 Boat Trends to Look Out For

2018 Boat Trends to Look Out For

Posted by: Krista Lowery on Jan 5, 2018 1:04:00 PM

Over the past few years, boat and pontoon interest have been on a steady incline. Now more than ever, families and individuals are discovering how boating can add to their experiences, and watercraft manufacturers are rising to meet the needs of today's boaters. 

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