About Boat History Report
As the leading provider of watercraft history reports, Boat History Report® helps our customers make better used watercraft purchase decisions by putting all available information at your fingertips. This type of information helps consumers guard themselves against buying a stolen boat or one with hidden damage which could negatively impact safety on the water.
We started in 2005 as a small dot-com but through our partnerships and dedication to the marine industry and used boat business, we have grown to help customers all across the world. Our customers include used boat buyers, sellers, dealers/brokers, marine surveyors, law enforcement, and finance and insurance companies. We are the most trusted resource for boat history information and a great place to start (or finish!) when looking to purchase or sell a used boat.
In 2005, Founder and CEO Grant Brooks was researching his next used boat and noticed that it was very difficult, and sometimes impossible, to find the complete history of used boats on the market.
“There were some resources out there but nothing was conclusive and everything was scattered. The safety of my friends and family was crucial and knowing if a boat I was going to buy had something that could negatively affect their well being created fear and uncertainty with my purchase. The data was out there... it just needed to be gathered from many public and private sources and consolidated to one place so boat buyers like you and I could easily search it.”
Since starting the company, Boat History Report® continually hears success stories from people just like us who were able to make more informed decisions and safer choices when purchasing used boats.
Grant Brooks (Founder & CEO)
Grant is an avid boater with saltwater running through his veins. His passion for boating led him to obtain his Master’s in Marine Affairs and Policy from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Initially, his research dealt with offshore aquaculture in the Bahamas and then shifted to vessel pump-out stations. It was during these years of research that Grant was first exposed to the existence of the different types of boat data. Subsequently, during his own personal search for a used boat, he realized there was no cohesive or easy way to research vessel history and thus, in 2005, the idea of Boat History Report was realized.
In his spare time, you can find Grant on the water enjoying his boat, freediving or reading a good book.
Caroline Mantel (Director of Business Development)
As a Florida native and coastline resident her entire life, boating is a natural love for Caroline. She puts her degrees in Public Relations and Marketing from the University of Miami to good use in her role as the Director of Business Development, a position she has held since 2012. Caroline also holds leadership and committee positions in many national boating organizations including Vice-Chair for the Vessel Identification, Registration, and Titling (VIRT) Committee under the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Marine Investigators (IAMI). Her most recent leadership role includes sitting on the National Boating Safety Advisory Committee (NBSAC), which provides advice and recommendations on matters relating to recreational boating safety to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through the Coast Guard Commandant and the Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy. She was chosen as one of Boating Industry’s Top 40 under 40, as well as honored with the prestigious NASBLA Award due to her efforts in advancing boating safety and standardizing HIN formats leading to greater accountability.
In her free time, Caroline enjoys being a mom, distance running, and traveling.
Trey Long (CTO)
Also a native Floridian, Trey has been around boats, boating and an abundance of coastline his entire life. After holding several high-ranking content and data platform design roles within the tech industry, Trey joined the Boat History Report team in 2014 as CTO and was responsible for the complete overhaul of our infrastructure. He also architected and developed our extremely complex ETL system used for normalizing and ingesting data in various forms from the many sources that give Boat History Report its competitive edge. Trey views Boat History Report as a fun and exciting place to try and push the envelope with what is possible using marine industry data.
In his free time, he loves spending time with his wife and three kids, tinkering with software and exploring new technology.
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Over the years, we have realized that simply providing information to consumers through our website wasn’t enough to help boating become safer for everyone. Through our partnerships in the marine industry, we have been able to grow awareness and help boaters even more! We are very happy to be members of the Marine Retailers Association of America (MRAA), National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), National Marine Lenders Association (NMLA), and National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) to name a few. We look forward to becoming more involved with each of these organizations, and joining more as we continue to grow. One of our most influential partnerships is our strategic alliance with the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) where our data exchange will help alert the NICB to stolen vessels, while contributing yet another source of information to our extensive database.
We have aligned ourselves with like-minded and influential marine partners that create a positive influence, encourage education, and empower their customers to make the informed boating decisions. Some of these organizations include BoatU.S., International Yacht Brokers Association (IYBA), BoatTest.com, J.D. Power, and iBoats.com. As a marine business, who wouldn’t want to work with those guys?!
Join Our Team
We are always looking for fresh ideas, friendly boaters, and driven individuals and would love to get to know you. If you think you would be a good fit, please send us your resume! Thank you for thinking of us as a rewarding company to share your time.
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Forbes | Boat History Report is like Carfax or Autocheck for boats
Boating Industry | Boat History Report's own Caroline Mantel honered as a Woman Making Waves
MRAA Launches Certified Pre-Owned Boat Program with Boat History Report
Trade Only Today | Perfect Timing - MRAA Certified Pre-Owned backed by Boat History Report
Boating Industry | MRAA and Boat History Report Launch Certified Pre-owned Boat Program
Mantel, from Boat History and Vice Chair of VIRT Presented with NASBLA Award
MRAA, Partners Launch Certified Pre-Owned Boat Program at Dealer Week
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National Marine Lending Association Member Appointed to NBSAC
Boating Industry | Coast Guard Names New Members to National Boating Safety Advisory Committee
Trade Only Today | Boat Sales and Fraud
Thrive Global | What the pandemic taught us about handling stress and how boating, yes boating, curbs the impact
Marine Retailers Association | Boat History Report Joins MRAA as Platinum Partner Member
PR Newswire | Boatim Announces Partnership with Boat History Report
National Insurance Crime Bureau | NICB.org Looking to buy a used boat? Read this first!
Boating Industry | 2021 Boating Industry 40 Under 40 recognizes Caroline Mantel from Boat History Report
SunSentinel | 'Carfax for boats' law will alert buyers to vessels' shady pasts
International Yacht Brokers Association | IYBA and Boat History Report Have Partnered
The Florida Times-Union | ‘Carfax for boats’ law lowers chance of buying damaged vessels
Boating Industry | NICB welcomes Boat History Report as strategic partner
PR Newswire | Boat History Report Partners with the National Insurance Crime Bureau
J.D Power partners with the experts at Boat History Report
Reliable Boat History Reports Are Now Available Through Exclusive Online Service