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The first sport boats were an extension of the jet ski family — designed to be driven fast and thrown into turns every couple of seconds. Today, a lot of people still drive them that way, and the smaller 16-foot models work well for those seeking G-force-generated thrills. In addition to speed, larger full-featured jet boats are expanding the niche to allow them to tow skiers, and even go cruising.

Feel the Rush of a Sport Boat

Feel the Rush of a Sport Boat

Look for a sport boat with an engine that can produce the desired gasp of excitement you want. Speeds tend to drop way off when you throw an underpowered boat into a turn with a full passenger load. Some sport boats come with twin engines. You can also find more quiet, fuel-efficient, and passenger-friendly engine choices such as 4-strokes and direct-injected 2-strokes.

Sport boat seating

Seating varies widely on sports boats. Better models have substantial seating rather than pads — an important consideration on larger models that allows you to go cruising in comfort. Make sure the sport boats you consider have enough seating for your family plus a few friends. Also look for proper placement of grab handles for passengers — few drivers can resist the temptation to fling even the biggest boats into a turn.

Sport boat storage

Many sport boats only offer limited dry storage, which can pose a problem if you like to go places with a full crew. Check the capacity of each sport boat you consider to make sure you can pack everything you want to bring, including snacks, drinks, towels, fenders, and extra life jackets. Boats designed to tow skiers should have a large in-floor locker, and if you’re a wakeboard enthusiast, consider getting a tower for the additional storage, not to mention the great look.

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Find a Sport Boat on eBay Motors

Find a Sport Boat on eBay Motors

Once you know what sport boat make and model you want, go to eBay Motors, click the Boats link under Other Vehicles, and start shopping on eBay!

  • Categories: Select the type of boat you want from the list of Categories. You can choose from Fishing Boats, Powerboats & Motorboats, Sailboats, and more. Subsequent Categories lists on the left side of listings pages will help you narrow your options further.

  • Product Finder: Drop-down menus on the Power & Fishing Boats Finder and Sailboats Finder, found on the left navigation bar, allow you to narrow listings by boat type and length.

  • Search: Search eBay listing titles for specific words by entering keyword terms into eBay's Search box or use the Advanced Search feature on eBay Motors. The search items by eBay Motors Category option allows you to specify item location by distance in miles or ZIP code.

  • Compare: Mark the checkbox next to each boat item listing that interests you. Click the Compare button to view listing and product details side-by-side.

If you can't find exactly what you want, try shopping eBay Stores, tell the eBay Community what you want by creating a post on Want It Now, or save a search on My eBay and eBay will email you when a match becomes available.

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Buy Sport Boats With Confidence

Buy Sport Boats With Confidence

Hundreds of sport boats on eBay Motors will likely interest you. When trying to select the right boat, get to know exactly what you're buying, research the seller, and understand how eBay and PayPal protect you.

Know your purchase

Many sellers put a lot of time into creating their listings, making an effort to ensure they include all the information buyers need. Carefully read the details in listings for the boat(s) you consider buying and carefully review available photos. Before placing a bid or buying an item, be sure to:

  • Have all your questions answered. If you still have questions after reading the listing and reviewing the photos, contact the seller using the Ask seller a question link in the “Seller information” box in the top right corner of every boat listing. Also request additional photos if you want to see the boat from a particular angle that isn’t shown in the photos included in the listing. If you have more questions than you can address in email, get the seller’s phone number and give him/her a call. Some boat sellers even include their phone number so you can call them directly. Just remember that you need to actually bid and buy on eBay in order to be covered by eBay and PayPal protection programs (see "Buyer protection" below for more details).

  • Get delivery details. Calculate and include delivery costs into your final price. This may simply be the cost of driving across the city or state if the boat is close-by or it may mean working with a shipping company that can transport the boat from anywhere in the country. To learn more about shipping costs, ask the seller or contact DAS, an eBay Motors-approved vehicle shipping service.

  • Complete your transaction on eBay. Always complete your transaction on eBay (with a bid, Buy It Now, or Best Offer). Transactions conducted outside of eBay are not covered by eBay and PayPal protection programs (see "Buyer protection" below for more details).

  • Know your payment options. Never pay for your eBay item using instant cash wire transfer services such as Western Union or MoneyGram. These payment methods are unsafe when paying someone you do not know. Instead, pay with PayPal for amounts less than $2,000 (including deposits), a money order, or direct bank-to-bank fund transfer.

  • Track items with eBay Toolbar. Use the free eBay Toolbar to track items you bid on and watch. It includes Account Guard, a feature that indicates when you're visiting a verified eBay or PayPal website and warns you when you enter your eBay password into an unverified site, even if it looks like eBay or PayPal.

Know your seller

Just as important as researching your boat purchase is getting to know the seller. Take time to research the seller so that you can feel positive and secure about every transaction. Key things to look for when evaluating a seller are:

  • Positive Feedback. What is the seller's Feedback rating? How many transactions have they completed? What percentage of positive responses do they have? What do buyers and sellers say in their Feedback? Did the seller receive praise?

  • Sales history. Find out how long the seller has been a registered eBay user and look at the types of items a seller typically sells. It’s okay to buy a boat from a seller who hasn’t sold one before — many of the boat listings on eBay are from individuals selling their own boat. If the seller’s feedback seems low, take the time to look at the Feedback details; sometimes a seller's Feedback looks low until you realize that they’re a boat dealer and their Feedback count comes entirely from boat sales.

  • Terms and conditions. What are the terms and conditions of the sale? Are the terms agreeable to you? Sellers typically set terms and conditions, but you should make sure you agree with them. If not, find another seller/boat or contact the seller to find out if he/she is open to your suggestions.

  • Good communication. Once you’ve initiated communications with the seller, how is he/she communicating with you? Is the seller courteous and professional? Is the seller responsive? Once you bid on a big-ticket item such as a boat, communicate with the seller through My Messages in My eBay. All legitimate Second Chance Offer messages will come through My Messages and not to your email address alone. Always contact the seller before accepting a Second Chance Offer, and never respond to any request to send money via Western Union or other instant cash transfer service.

eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection

Vehicles purchased through eBay may be covered against fraud and material misrepresentation with eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection. For more details, please check the terms and conditions here.

Introduction and "Feel the Rush of a Sport Boat" were provided by Boating World. © 2006 Trans World Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved.

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