The Search Resources page provides the ability to search the boatXchg.com comprehensive database of almost 850 listings of antique and classic boat restoration resources, including suppliers, service providers, and other resources by any combination of Category, Region, and/or Keyword. The following is a brief tutorial of how to use the major features of the Search Resources function, including:
- Search by Category
- Search by Region
- Search by Keyword
- View Search Results
- View Listing Details
Your search will begin on the boatXchg.com homepage (https://www.boatxchg.com/) labeled “Search Resources.”
Search by Category
The boatXchg.com listing database of antique and classic boat restoration resources is organized into approximately 25 different Categories. Let’s say you live in Michigan and are looking for a professional restoration company. To see the applicable listings, click on the white box labeled “All categories,” which will cause the available choices for Categories to be displayed. Roll down the drop-down list until you find “Restorations/Repairs.” Select the desired Category by clicking on the Category name.
Once the Category is selected, click the red box labeled Search.
Upon completion of the search, the number of results found will be indicated in the lower left-hand corner of the results display; in this case, 250 results were found.
Search by Region
To see how many of these classic boat restoration resources are located in the Midwest region, click on the box labeled All Regions. Roll down the drop-down list until you find “Midwest.” Once the Region is selected, click the long red box labeled Update. Note that the Category Restorations/Repairs is still selected. At this time, please ignore the Filter by Type buttons as they are for a future functionality update. Upon completion of the revised search, the number of results found will be indicated in the lower left-hand corner of the results display, in this case, 76 results were found.
To limit your search to Michigan, click on the box labeled All Regions. Select “MI” and then click Update. Upon completion of the revised search, 32 results are found.
Search by Keyword
If you are looking for a particular business, say Danenberg Boatworks, you can simply enter a portion of the name (e.g., “Danenberg”) in the Keyword box, which is labeled “What are you looking for?” Click on Search and the desired listing will be displayed.
View Search Results
To see the antique and classic boat restoration resources included in the found results, roll down from the results page. Listings found will be displayed in multiple rows of three boxes each, depending on the number found.
View Listing Details
To view the details of a particular listing included in the search results, just click on the square box for that listing. The listing detail will display the name of the business, the principal of the business, if known, the street address, a phone number, an e-mail address, a link to the business’s Website, an icon to see a map and get directions to the business’s location, and a description of the business. Additionally, if the business has had reviews on boatXchg.com, the number of stars given and the actual reviews will be displayed. There is also a place to mark the listing as a favorite. A space is provided for you to write a review of the business, if you desire.
The business in this example is a Basic Listing. Business’s that have upgraded to Premium Listings will have a more detailed description of the business, a photo gallery, hours of business, and a number of other additional features.
You can send an e-mail to the business by clicking on the e-mail address.
You can view the business’s own Website, if they have one, by clicking on the Website address. The Website will be displayed in a separate window.
You can access Google Maps to get directions to the business’s address by clicking on Get Directions.
Enter your Starting Location and then click on the red box entitled Get Directions to see a map and instructions.
Return to Homepage
Click on Search Resources in the header to return to the boatXchg.com homepage.