Introducing Lee Casey to the Sterling Associates Team!

March 13, 2019

Lee Casey has joined Sterling Associates in Charleston, SC. Her role will expand Sterling’s reach in the Southeastern states of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Since 2002, Lee has followed her passion for boating and has worked in the marine industry, first in marketing for the Waterway Guide, then as a finance specialist […]

5 Ways Boaters Can Help the Environment

March 12, 2019

No boater wants to cruise, swim or wakeboard in waters that are filthy and polluted, or explore a coastline littered with trash. That’s why a clean, healthy environment is as necessary for a good day of boating as water and a boat itself. Here are five things boaters can do to help keep the waters […]

5 Tips for Maintaining Your Boat’s Propeller

December 20, 2018

If your boat’s propeller suffers any damage it can cause you big problems, from being a drain on your boat’s fuel tank to even leaving you stranded. Thankfully, most prop problems are easily avoided as long as you keep up with routine maintenance and are properly prepared when you leave the dock. Here are a […]

Happy New Year

December 19, 2018

The Best Apps for Boaters

December 11, 2018

That smartphone in your hand is useful for more than just surfing for cat videos and posting selfies on social media. For boaters, it’s also a gateway to an enormous amount of helpful boating information thanks to the many wonderful boating apps available to download. Here are a few of the best boating apps. Boat […]

Gift Ideas for Boaters

November 27, 2018

Do you have a boater on your shopping list this holiday season? If so, consider yourself lucky. That’s because there are plenty of wonderful gift ideas out there you can choose from. Here are a few of the best. Boat Shoes – A good pair of comfortable boat shoes are a must-have for any respectable […]

5 Boat Projects to Tackle This Winter

November 17, 2018

Winter can be a depressing time for recreational boaters. But smart boaters know the cold, dark winter months are the best time to tackle boat work that they don’t want to do during the summer. Here are a few boating projects you might want to do this winter. Change your impeller. A boat’s impeller can quickly […]

How to Winterize Your Boat October 29, 2018

October 28, 2018

It’s always a sad day when the boating season comes to an end, and the process of winterizing your boat is sure to bring a frown to every boater’s face. But while winterizing your boat might be a joyless task, it’s an important part of being a boat owner. If you take the time to […]

Enjoy Boating with Your Dog

October 22, 2018

You love your dog. So why would you leave your pooch home on a gorgeous boating day? Let your dog in on the fun by being one of the many boaters who bring their dogs boating. Here are a few tips that will make your day of boating with your dog enjoyable for the both […]

Meet the People at Sterling: Sean Rogers, Vice President

October 18, 2018

Sean Rogers doesn’t really have to leave his office to visit clients in person to close loans. But in his mind, he needs to. “If you personalize the relationship by meeting the client face-to-face, it creates a bond,” Rogers says. Sterling Associates’ mission to exceed their customer’s expectations by providing professional, personalized service on a […]

Choosing a Good Anchorage

September 28, 2018

Every boater has imagined finding an anchorage in some quiet, secluded cove where they can relax, swim or watch the sunset and the stars come out. But you can’t just drop a hook wherever you want. There are a lot of factors to consider. Here are a few tips on choosing a good anchorage. Do […]

Fall Boating Tips

September 12, 2018

Most boaters look upon the end of summer with a sense of sadness, thinking it means the end of the boating season. But a few boaters get excited at the arrival of autumn, because they know fall offers some of the best boating days of the year. With cool, crisp days, great fishing, no crowds […]

Fall Boat Show Season is about to Begin!

September 6, 2018

Check out our fall boat show schedule.We’ve got you covered from coast to coast!Come and talk to one of our boat loan professionals at any of these shows to discuss your questions and concerns about a new purchase or refinance.

Technology Trends in Boating

August 17, 2018

Just as in virtually every area of our lives, advances in technology have had a tremendous impact on the boating industry. These advances have vastly improved the boating experience, whether you’re on the water or on the dock. Here are a few that just might make your head explode. Baby, You Can Drive My BoatOr […]

Is A Center Console Boat Right for You?

August 6, 2018

Center consoles are extremely popular in the small boat market, largely for their versatility and their maneuverability. They are adept in a variety of conditions, and they offer numerous storage capabilities. Here are five reasons boaters are drawn to center consoles. DesignWith the helm and the controls mounted on the console, you have plenty of […]

Buying a Boat Without Sinking Your Budget

June 28, 2018

In many people’s minds, owning a boat feels like an unrealistic and expensive dream. But the fact is that you don’t need deep pockets to own a boat. Over the past decade, boat ownership has been surging, with boat sales increasing nationally by about five percent from 2016 to 2017.  The National Marine Manufacturers Association […]

Boating Trends to Look for This Summer

June 25, 2018

The boating experience is constantly evolving as technology improves and personal tastes change. Just as it is in the fashion world, there are trends in the boating industry. Here is a look at what’s hot as we head into the 2018 boating season. Fishing According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, 70 percent of boats […]

San Diego International Boat Show – June 7 through 10th

June 6, 2018

Walk the docks and find the boat of your dreams! Some of the most popular boat brands in the world will be making their West Coast debuts at the San Diego International Boat Show, which re-turns to Harbor Island for a weekend of family fun on the water, June 7-10. The show is perfect for […]

Five Advantages of Financing with Sterling

May 29, 2018

Let’s face it, buying a boat is a luxury purchase. No one absolutely needs a boat in the strict sense of the word, but for true boat lovers, owning a boat is an essential part of their life’s happiness. All you boat owners out there, you know what I mean. For those yet to dive into boat […]

Choosing the Right Boat, Part II

May 18, 2018

In April , we took the time to help prospective buyers select the right boat for them. In a previous blog, we looked at bowriders, cruisers, freshwater fishing boats, runabouts and sailboats. For this blog, we’ll tell you a little about saltwater fishing boats, speed boats, pontoon boats, trawlers and watersports boats. Saltwater Fishing BoatsThere […]

Pacific Northwest TrawlerFest returns to Bremerton, WA this year

May 1, 2018

Come check out this IN-WATER BOAT SHOWThursday, May 3 – Saturday, May 5Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. BREMERTON MARINA120 Washington Beach Ave, Bremerton, WA 98337360-373-1035 For seminar schedule, details and tickets, click here: Stop by and see Max for special boat show rates and terms during the show!

Choosing the Right Boat

April 25, 2018

Whether you’re a beginner boater or a veteran on the water, choosing the right boat can be a complicated process. Although there are dozens of types of boats, one of 10 is likely to suit your needs. This month, we’ll look at five options, and then explore five more in April. BowridersThis versatile design can […]

Great Rates at the Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show

April 18, 2018

Come by and see us during the boat show in booth G-6 for special rates and terms during the Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show. Max Salvater will be in booth G-6 to help you get on the water with a great rate. April 19-22, 2018. Thursday, April 19th, 2018: 10am–6pmFriday, April 20th, 2018: 10am–6pmSaturday, […]

Introducing Max Salvater

March 15, 2018

With more than three decades of experience, Max Salvater has been involved with every aspect of the marine industry. Currently a marine loan specialist with Sterling Associates, he has previously worked as a sales manager, a general manager and a finance manager. That broad range of experience allows Salvater to connect with clients on virtually […]

Making the Most of the Boat Shows

March 12, 2018

As with anything in life, it is important to prepare and plan before you head out to shop for a boat. Wandering aimlessly through a boat show, without having done some prior research, can be a fruitless and frustrating experience. With that in mind, here are some tips that will help you make the most […]