Grab bag of tips and commentary on different ways to get a boat, including when and where to buy, whether it's cost-effective to buy fixer-uppers or charter boats, buying overseas, or building. Contains excerpts from hard-to-find bulletin board and newsgroup postings, as well as links to useful sites and vendor pages.

IBEX Exhibition and Conference

The International Boatbuilders' Exhibition & Conference in late October in Miami is not really a boat show. It's a meeting of builders and equipment makers. Many of the seminars are about shop techniques and the exhibits about laminating equipment. However, if you're thinking of having a boat built or need to know about the latest machinery and electronics, this is far more informative than the average boat show.