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How We Do Boat Loans

With nearly 30 years of experience, Trident Funding is the most trusted partner for all your boat financing needs.

Trident Funding offers a wide variety of boat loan rates for boat and yacht buyers. We offer boat lending options for new and used boat purchases as well as boat refinancing. Our dedicated team of sales representatives guarantees professionalism and competitive rates. With access to specialized programs and experienced lenders, we listen to your needs and find the right solution to finance your boat.

Whether you’re looking for a small runabout, a sailing vessel, a sportfish or the finest megayacht, we have the right loan for you. We specialize in boats, that’s all we do! If you’re purchasing a new boat, used boat, classic boat, or project boat, we’ll help you find the best boat loan lender to meet your needs.

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Let Us Handle the Heavy Lifting

We help with everything from application submission through closing.

Our experienced team of finance professionals will coordinate all elements of closing, including state title, coast guard documentation, insurance, and settlement services. When you apply for a boat loan with Trident Funding, we examine your unique situation to determine which of our trusted boat lending partners can provide the best boat interest rate and term for your loan.

We work with the marine industry’s largest transactional database for brokerage, YachtCloser.com, which allows us to instantly communicate and provide necessary documents to simplify your closing.

Use our boat loan calculator to check your monthly payments or calculate your total loan amount. Trident Funding’s boat loan program depends on factors such as loan amount, down payment, vessel type and age, interest rates, loan term and credit qualifications.

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Use our boat loan calculator to see what your monthly payment might be. Ready to check rates? Try our boat loan rate estimator.

Trident Funding’s boat loan program depends on factors such as loan amount, down payment, vessel type and age, interest rates, loan term and credit qualifications.

  • Standard Fixed Rates
  • Short-Term Fixed Rate Programs
  • 60-Day Deferred Payment
  • Competitive Boat Loan Interest Rates
  • Minimum Credit Score 680+
  • Amortization from 7 to 20 years
  • Boat Loan Amounts from $25,000 to $2,000,000
  • New Boat Loans
  • Used Boat Loans
  • Boat Refinancing
  • Special Purpose Entity (LLC or Trust) Ownership Allowed*
  • Recreational & Limited Charter Options Available*
  • Dealer Purchase, Private Party, and Refinance Loans Available

Some programs may not be available in all states. Please contact us with your specific questions and for current rate information. Let us take the guesswork out of finding the right lender, and help you sail through the process of financing a boat!

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for boat financing?

There are few simple ways you can apply for boat financing. We offer an online boat loan application or we invite you to contact one of our Trident Funding locations. The quickest way to get approved for a boat loan is to complete an online application. Our team will be notified immediately once we receive your application, and we will begin the process of getting you approved and on the water!

What information do I need to apply for a boat loan?

When you apply for a boat loan, have your tax returns and bank statements available to show your financial ability to repay. These materials will need to be submitted to speed up the review process. You’ll also need to supply information about the boat you’d like to purchase, including make, model, year, length, etc.

How long does it take to get approved for my boat loan?

After you submit your application (online is fastest!) and we have all the required financial documents, we usually have a decision in 24-48 hours, often less.

Can I get pre-approved for a boat loan?

Lenders require that a customers identify a particular boat before giving final approval due to the loan-to-value element, but you may be able to obtain pre-approval in some cases based on your financials and credit analysis.

How long is my boat loan approval good for?

Boat loan approvals are generally valid for 30 to 180 days and rate commitments typically range from 30 to 60 days. The length that a boat loan approval is good for will vary by lender.

Who will I work with at Trident Funding for a boat loan?

When you apply for a boat loan at Trident Funding, you’ll work with one of our trusted loan officers who will guide you through the process from start to finish. Our dedicated team of seasoned professionals will handle all your requests and questions. Our staff is ready and willing to answer all your loan related questions.

What type of boats can I finance?

Most boats that are 20 years old or younger can be financed. Some examples include yachts, fishing vessels, deck boats, pontoon boats, and sailboats. However, liveaboard boats can’t currently be financed through Trident Funding.

Are boat loans tax deductible?

Yes, your boat loan interest is tax deductible! Many boat buyers can take boat loan tax deductions as part of the home mortgage interest deduction. Your boat would need to be considered a second home for federal tax purposes, which means it includes a sleeping berth (bed), a kitchen (galley), and a bathroom (head). You must also itemize deductions in this case. We recommend consulting with your tax advisor for guidance and advise regarding your personal situation.

Does Trident finance liveaboards?

We do not finance liveaboards, but we do offer boat loan financing on various other boats including center consoles, yachts, fishing vessels, deck boats, pontoon boats, and sailboats.

Can I fund my boat while it is overseas?

Each situation is unique, and we may be able to fund your boat or yacht loan while the vessel is overseas. Contact a sales representative at one of our nationwide locations and they will be happy to discuss your specific transaction to see if we can assist, or if we’d need to wait until the vessel is in U.S. waters.

What is a good debt-to-income ratio for yacht loans?

A debt-to-income ratio is calculated by adding up all of your monthly debt payments and dividing them by your gross monthly income. You then multiply this number by 100 to express it as a percentage. For example, let’s assume your monthly debt equals $3,000 and your gross monthly income (pre-tax) is $12,000. $3,000 divided by $12,000 equals 0.25 and then multiplied by 100, it equals 25%. This means that your debt-to-income ratio is 25%.

The lower your debt to income ratio, the better. A lower ratio means you’re eligible for more competitive rates, better terms, and it may even mean lower lender fees. Different yacht loans have different criteria, but typically, a lender wants to see a debt-to-income ratio of no more than 40-50% including your boat payment.

What is an acceptable debt-to-income ratio for a boat loan?

Your debt-to-income ratio (DTI) is a comparison of how much you owe (payments) with how much you earn (income). Expressed as a percentage, this calculation that compares your income to your debt gives lenders an idea of what the risk would be to lend you money for a boat loan. The lower the DTI the better because consumers with higher DTI ratios are generally viewed as riskier borrowers because they may have difficulty repaying a loan in full or making monthly payments.

Here’s an example of how to calculate your DTI:

Your monthly payments = $2,000
Your monthly income = $8,000
Your DTI ratio = 25% (2,000/8,000=0.25)

How much do I have to put down on my boat?

Most boat loans require a down payment of 10% to 20%. For example, if you’re purchasing a boat for $75,000, you may be asked to put down $7,500 to $15,000. The down payment requirements var based on the loan amount and the borrower’s qualifications. Feel free to contact one of our knowledgeable loan officers to help answer any questions you have regarding boat loan down payments.

Are there prepayment penalties on boat loans?

A prepayment penalty is a fee that banks or lenders charge if you pay off your loan early. Boat loans have an expected payoff date, and if you pay off your loan before that date, you may be charged a prepayment penalty. The amount and if the penalty exists will be stated in your boat loan documents and will be listed under the prepayment penalty clause. It’s a good idea to ask the lender upfront about all loan-related fees including a prepayment penalty, so there aren’t any nasty surprises later on.

Can I finance the sales tax on my boat purchase?

While there is no federal tax imposed on a boat purchase, there are state and local taxes. In many cases you can finance the sales tax on your boat or yacht purchase within your loan. We recommend checking with your local state office to see if they have any specific requirements. The sales-tax rate varies from state to state. Some states do not require a sales tax at all when you purchase a boat or a yacht, and in some states, sales tax is only applied up to a certain amount of the boat’s purchase price. Other factors such as lending limits, down payment, and amount financed can impact whether you can finance the sales tax on your boat purchase.

Do you offer stated income on boat or yacht loans?

A stated income loan means the lender does not verify a borrower’s income using any records, such as paystubs, W-2 (employee income) forms, tax returns or other records. Borrowers are just asked to state their income, and lenders take them at at their word. Many of the marine lenders we work with accept stated income on boat loans up to $150,000. However, we would likely need to request further verification in certain circumstances depending on your FICO score or boat loan structure.

Is U.S. Coast Guard documentation required for my boat loan?

Although U.S. Coast Guard documentation is not required for a boat loan, when financing your vessel, most lenders will require the boat is U.S. Coast Guard documented. If the lender does not require USCG documentation, they may still provide better terms if you agree to have the boat documented with the Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard documentation is generally only required by marine lenders on transactions of certain sizes as well as for vessels of certain tonnage that meet USCG requirements.

Can you assist with U.S. Coast Guard documentation, registration, and titling for my boat loan?

We assist with all aspects of documentation, registration and tilting when you finance your boat loan through Trident Funding. From loan application to funding, we help answer any questions you have and connect you with any third-party services required to get your boat loan funded to get you on the water!

What is the oldest boat Trident finances?

Our network of marine lenders generally offers used and refinancing on boats as old as 20 years. We work with you to get the best boat loan rate on any new or used boat purchase.

Is a marine survey required for boat loans?

Lenders generally require a marine survey on used boats or yachts. This allows the lender to confirm the vessel’s condition and verify other items (registration, hull, and engine numbers) before they approve boat loan funding. Marine surveys also provide customer insight into potential future costs of ownership (i.e. fixes, improvements, etc.) and also help owners determine if they are carrying the proper amount of insurance coverage.

We recommend all used boat buyers hire a marine surveyor to verify the boat’s condition prior to purchase. You can check with the National Association of Marine Surveyors and the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors. Members of these two national organizations provide marine survey services.

Are boat and auto refinance rates the same?

While most auto loans have a maximum term of 5 to 7 years, marine loans extend out to 15 to 20 years depending upon the age of the boat. When you apply online for a boat loan, we work with our network of marine lenders to find you the loan term and rate that best fits your budget and lifestyle.