When considering a boat there are several factors you should keep in mind. Start by thinking about what kind of boating experience you are looking for. Do you want to sail and enjoy the feel of the wind or are you looking for water fun that includes skiing or tubing?
After this decision is made, make a list of what you desire in a boat. Do you need room for a lot of people or will it just be you and your special someone? Think about the features you need such as galley and sleeping quarters. These choices will help narrow the focus of your search for the perfect boat.
While most of us would love to have a brand new boat customized to our every wish, very few can actually afford to indulge that dream. Consider purchasing a previously owned boat and you’ll find you can get much more for your money. The general rule is to a lot about 50 percent of the cost of a used boat for retro-fitting and modifications. Not every person will need this much in changes, but it will depend on how old the boat is and how well it was maintained.
When looking at used boats there are several considerations to take in mind. Make sure you test drive the boat just as you would a car. While out on the water look for vibrations as they can indicate other problems. Check out the trim and be sure it is functioning correctly. How does the boat respond – test the steering from one direction to the next. How well does it plane after you take off?
Make sure you shift gears and try reversing as well. Check out gauges, bilge and look for floor rot. You’ll want to get the maintenance records and ensure the boat has been well cared for.
Taking time to do your homework before you buy will save you money in the long run.