Although ideally, we would all have the means and resources to purchase a brand new boat right off of a dealer’s lot, this is not always the case in the real world. Buying a used boat is one way to save yourself a lot of money right off the bat, but it can come at a price that does not outweigh the benefit of the substantial savings. Similar to a car, a used boat will come with at least some degree of mechanical wear and tear. You will want to make sure that the boat has been maintained correctly to minimize these risks and ensure the safety of you and your passengers. You will also want to take into consideration the following three important guideline prior to making such a large and significant purchase such as a used boat.
- If you are not experienced and well-versed in the types of boats available, you will want to do some extensive research before you even begin shopping for a used boat. If you prefer to take it easy and let the winds dictate your path and course, then a sailboat may be a good fit. If you have the need for speed, a power boat is going to be a better option. You will also want something that can comfortably accommodate the passengers you intend to have. Maybe you prefer a solo cruise, in which case, something small may be just perfect. If, however, you plan on hosting your whole family, more room to spread out will be much more desirable.
- Test Cruise. It is so important that you have the opportunity to take the boat out on the water prior to making a commitment to buy. Although there is a lot of information that can be gathered by simply inspecting the boat on land, it is essential you also find out how it handles in water. This may seem obvious to some, but it is still important to note since many sellers won’t have the boat in water upon initial inspection.
- Study the Manufacturer. It is a good idea to do a little research into the information provided by the boat manufacturer, and also read some reviews of those who have similar vessels. Make sure to find out the weight recommendation and maximum number of occupants, so you can be sure that the watercraft will comfortably seat everyone in your party. If you intend to use the boat primarily to get from one location to another, filling it to a maximum capacity will probably be fine, but if you want to experience leisurely cruises, then you’ll relish additional space to move about to feel more comfortable.
Finally, it is IMPERATIVE that you have the vessel inspected by a good maritime mechanic prior to making the commitment to buy. While aesthetically, everything may appear great, and it seems to handle well in the water, there could still be some additional issues that only a trained professional would be able to catch. Follow these three important guideline before buying a used boat.