A Beginner’s Guide to Boat Buying

A Beginner’s Guide to Boat Buying

If you have decided to join the millions of others who take to the water in their own boat, you are entering a new world. You may already have some boating experience, and know exactly what type of boat you want, but if not, then consider your lifestyle, which might include water sports, or perhaps you and your family simply want to cruise around enjoying the view. There are many types of boat, and they can be put into three main categories.

  1. Cruising Boat – Ideal if you are looking to relax on the water, as there is room for a sundeck and the fittings are suitable for relaxing on deck.
  2. Fishing – If catching marlin is your passion, then you will need a fishing vessel, which would be equipped with suitable seating and would have a rear view cabin. Larger vessels would be fitted out with sleeping accommodation, allowing for those long weekend trips.
  3. Watersports – This type of boat would have a little more horsepower in the outboard motor, and with super towing ability, water skiing or wakeboarding is the focus and the rear of the vessel would be designed to accommodate towing.

Calculate your Budget

Once you have chosen the type of boat, you need to work out your budget for the purchase. You also need to consider running costs, such as:

  • Registration
  • Mooring fees
  • Trailer
  • Insurance
  • Storage

Buying a boat is very different to buying a car, and there are many things to consider prior to making a purchase.  The best place to start looking is with online boat dealers, where you can sit back and browse the many new and used vessels up for sale. If you are a first time buyer, a used boat makes more sense, as you might not be ideally suited for a specific vessel and it is wise to get some experience before you take the plunge and invest in a new vessel.

Marine Survey

The most important thing about buying a used vessel is to have a professional inspect the boat thoroughly. It might cost a few dollars, but unless you happen to be a boat builder, you would not know if there are any issues, and with a professional evaluation, you can be sure you are getting value for money.

Ongoing Support

Ideally, the people who sell you the boat will offer mooring and maintenance services, which are essential. Storing the boat is also something to think about, and if it’s a small boat, you can hire secure storage for the winter months, and with a secure mooring for the rest of the year, your vessel will always be ready for the weekends. Buying from a registered dealer means you will have the necessary support facilities, and you can ask the dealer to quote you for regular servicing.

One must take the time to fully research before making a purchase, and with the help of a responsible dealer, you will likely find the ideal vessel.

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