It must be a question of where one looks for boats. Maybe if you're looking nation-wide or even further there is a need the level of pictorial and other info everyone is looking for online. Or maybe it's simply that the little screen
has become the normal way of shopping
. I shop online a lot also but, for boats, never. The only use the ad is to me is to let me know it's for sale
; what someone says about their boat or the pictures they post are neither here nor there. If the basics interest me, I go and look. There is no substitute to being there and making a personal inspection
. The less info they tell you, the better; the opinions you develop then are your own, uncontaminated by sales hype. But then I never look further than my local waters - there have always been far more than enough boats here to satisfy my needs. And I'd be surprised if anyone in any reasonably sized place really ever has to look further than their local waters, btw.