If in the market for a new watercraft, but not too keen on the cost of a brand new model, most boat-owners will look towards the thriving second hand market. An alternative to that, and one that's often over looked, is that of repossessed boats for sale. These repo boats often offer a tremendous opportunity to pick-up a boat at a knocked-down price.

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Repossessed boats are effectively objects that are seized by a bank or other financial institution from its owner due to non-payment of a loan and after reaching the default status. Other reasons for a boat to be seized include those used in an illegal activity, such as smuggling contraband, or to be detained by the IRS due to tax evasion or related issues.

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Locating repossessed boats for sale or on auction isn't that difficult, as there's a variety of companies that deal specifically in this business. Auctions include crafts of all shapes and sizes - those at the smaller end of the market, such as the wave runners, fishing boats, and runabouts to the larger sailboats and power-crafts and up to the mega yacht. The inventory for these auctions often includes bank repossessions, foreclosures, and government seized vessels.

Even with the benefit of a substantial saving in mind, be cautious when looking at repossessions, as once the owner knows or expects the vessel to be seized by the lender, the care and attention to the vessel is going to be neglected, maintenance is likely to be ignored, and the craft is often going to be run ragged.