THE ONLINE TOOLS
TO GET YOU STARTED
BoatU.S. Consumer Protection:
Sample complaint letter:
Submit complaint form:
Consumer Protection Database:
Consumer Protection Messageboard:
USCG recall site:
BoatU.S. Buying and Selling Guide:
Guide to Marine Services:
BoatU.S. Recall Database:
U.S. Coast Guard recalls are posted at the
Coast Guard’s site, along with an archive that
goes back for years. Recalls can be searched
by manufacturer, boat model, and year.
Consumer Protection has two valuable guides
to help you buy and sell a boat, and to help
you learn how to find marine services.
How To Use It: Our 34-page Buying and
Selling Guide is full of tips on how to get the
best deal and how to protect your investment. Learn about marine surveys, transferring ownership, sales agreements, and
lots more. It’s available online (see sidebar
for links to both). Our Guide to Marine
Service has everything you need to know
about boat brokers, marinas, manufacturers,
and mechanics, as well as information on
extended service contracts, boat liens, and
transporting your boat overland.
The BoatU.S. Consumer Q&A forum is well-known for providing answers to consumer
questions. Consumer Protection actively monitors and participates in the forum.
How To Use It: The forum is a less formal
way of getting consumer advice, for BoatU.S.
members only, and it requires a quick registration. Post a question and we’ll look into it;
other members may offer helpful advice, too.
The forum has a valuable archive that allows
you to search for consumer issues going back