ALEXANDRIA, Va. - There has been a significant increase in the number of boat builders offering lifetime structural warranties, according to an article in the April 2006 issue of BoatU.S. Trailering.
"Just five years ago, less than 10 percent of boat manufacturers offered a lifetime structural warranty," said Raymond Rose of BoatU.S. Consumer Affairs. "Now, almost 50 percent do, and the standard 'bow-to-stern' warranty has been expanded beyond the usual one year for many manufacturers.”
Rose reported that the number of transferable warranties is also on the rise, which adds to a boat's resale value, though some manufacturers charge a fee to transfer a warranty to a new owner.
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