Have you always wanted a boat of your own? We don’t blame you! There’s nothing quite like a day out on the lake.
Buying a boat isn’t as simple as wanting one though. There are many things you should take into consideration before you buy.
And, you’ve got to shop for a great deal. How do you know if you’re getting a great deal when buying a boat? Keep reading and we’ll tell you!
Determine Your Needs
First off, determine your needs. There’s no point in buying a boat that’s too big for what you want or has a bunch of features you’ll never use.
Are you looking to sail? Buy a sailboat.
How about fishing? Go for a fishing boat.
While it may seem obvious, this is an important thing to keep in mind when you’re shopping. You may find a great deal, but it might not be the type of boat you need for what you want to do.
Pontoon boats are great for lounging around the lake, but you’ll likely want something else if you plan to tow water skiers.
Get to know different boat types by visiting a Boat Show.
Keep Your Budget in Mind
Starting with a budget will make sure you stick to boats in a certain price range. Keep yourself in check by having a number in mind before you look.
To get more boat for your money, don’t shop new. But make sure you know what to look for when buying a used boat.
Get to Know Prices
Before shopping, compare prices. Find out what boats are selling for these days. It’s hard to know if you’re getting a good deal if you don’t know what a normal deal is.
A boat may be advertised as a great deal, but you need to be able to determine if it actually is.
Inspect the Boat in Person
Once you’ve found a boat you’re interested in, check it out in person. Don’t rely on pictures or the word of the seller.
Thoroughly check the inside and outside of the boat, looking for damage, mildew, and mold.
Make sure you turn the boat on. Test out the motor, steering, compartments, flooring, furniture, and kitchen appliances if applicable.
Minor issues don’t have to be a deal breaker. Just make sure the boat doesn’t have any issues you aren’t willing to deal with or fix. Feel free to ask the seller if you can take it for a test run. Try to get a real feel for the boat before purchasing.
Ask for maintenance and storage records. Find out how well the boat has been cared for.
Avoid Extra Costs
Remember that once you have a boat you’ll need a way to haul it. Avoid the need to spend thousands more by having a towing vehicle before you shop.
Your boat may come with a trailer, but some won’t. Make sure you have one!
Checking the boat’s fuel efficiency can also help you avoid extra fuel costs later on.
Buying a Boat Should Be Fun!
There’s a lot to keep in mind when buying a boat, but make sure you have fun while you’re doing it! Keep your excitement up by focusing on the fun you’re about to have.
Keep a cool head while shopping, though. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll be on your way to a boat that’s not only fun but a great deal, as well.
Your boat may be great for vacations, but you may not always be able to take it. Check out our article on the benefits of using a travel agent to book your next trip!