- What comes standard? The advertised low sticker price might mean the boat is stripped, and you'll wind up paying for necessary "options" like rod racks, raw-water washdowns and a compass.
- Where is your service department? Find out their service record and how the boat manufacturer honors its warranty claims.
- Can I get that in writing? If the dealer offers to install your electronics, waive 20-hour service fees or winterize your engine for free, make sure the spoken words find their way into print. Otherwise, they're empty promises.