The BoatXchg Online Resource Directory contains over 1,000 listings of suppliers, service providers, and other resources supporting the preservation, restoration, and enjoyment of antique and classic boats. The Search Listings function is a search engine enabling users to search the boatXchg.com database using any combination of Category, Region, and/or Keyword.
The following is a brief tutorial showing how to use the major features of the Search Listings function, including:
- Search by Category
- Search by Region
- Search by Keyword
- Search by Label (Offering)
- View Search Results
- View Listing Details
Your search will begin on the BoatXchg Online Resource Directory landing page (https://www.boatxchg.com/) labeled “Search Listings.”
Search by Category
The boatXchg.com database is organized into categories. Let’s say you live in Michigan, and are looking for a professional restoration company to put a new 5200 bottom on your boat. To see the applicable listings, click on the white box labeled “Choose a category.” This will cause the available Categories to be displayed in a drop-down list. Roll down the drop-down list until you find “Boat Restoration/Repair.“ 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, 271 results are found.
Search by Region
To see how many of these businesses are located in the Midwest region, click on the white box labeled “All Regions.” Roll down the drop-down list until you find “Midwest.” Once the Region is selected, click the wide red box labeled “Update.” Note that the Category “Boat Restoration/Repair” is still selected. 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, 88 results are 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, 36 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.
Search by Label (Offering)
To limit your search results to those businesses performing a particular service, say Bottom Replacement, check the box next to that “Label” and then click “Update.”
View Search Results
To see the listings 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. They will be ordered by the number of page views each listing has received to-date.
View Listing Details
To view the details of a particular listing included in the search results, click on the square box for that listing. The listing detail will display the name of the business, and as much contact information as is available, including: the principal of the business, 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, a brief description of the business, and a list of offerings. 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 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 Landing Page
Click on Search Listings in the menu included in the header to return to the boatXchg.com landing page.