Buying a boat is a big decision, so make sure you know the ropes before you buy. Here are five tips to keep in mind when shopping for a boat on Want Ad Digest:
Choose the type of boat that fits your needs.
- Where will you be boating?
- On the ocean or on a calm lake?
- Will you be fishing or water skiing?
- Sitting out on the water with family and friends?
- Will you rent a slip, or tow it and park it at home?
Be sure to have the abilities to operate the kind of boat you intend to purchase.
Buy the highest quality boat you can afford.
When it comes to boats, the cheapest option is not necessarily the best. That’s because inexpensive parts tend to fail sooner, potentially creating hassles and higher maintenance costs.
Consider the total cost of ownership.
Purchasing your boat is just a portion of the cost of owning it. Be sure to factor the cost of insurance, licensing and registration, storage, maintenance and operating costs into your budget.
Learn more about the total cost of boat ownership.
Ask the seller lots of questions.
- Why are you selling the boat?
- How many owners has it had?
- What kind of water has it been in?
- Has it ever leaked?
- Any maintenance problems?
Ask the seller to provide you with the boat’s maintenance records.
Check it out yourself.
Before you make a purchasing decision, perform an in-depth inspection of the boat and take it out for a test drive. Since you are new to boating, it’s wise to bring along a boat mechanic, a marine surveyor or an experienced friend.
Okay, now you’re ready to hit the classifieds! Enjoy the search. Your dreamboat is out there waiting for you.
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For more information about boat ownership and boat safety, check out the following websites:
Small boat safety manual
Boat Owners Association of the US