Top 5 Tips for Buying the Right Boat for summer

Summer is fast approaching and with it the urge to get out on the water, whether that water happens to be a lake, river or the ocean, and take advantage of all that mother nature has to offer.

The best way to do that is with a boat, if your budget can afford it, and today’s blog will help you to do just that and purchase a boat that fits your budget. Enjoy.

1) Your very first task should be to visit a large boat show. Boat shows are truly the best place to see a large number of different types and styles of boats, as well as different sizes, so that you can see all of the different prices, options and so forth. Having all of this information will allow you to make a much better decision on which boat/engine combination to purchase. A boat show is also an excellent place to meet lots of boating experts who can guide you in your decision.

2) Take your time. A boat is a large and expensive purchase and something you will likely have for many years. If you take care of it well, you may also be able to pass it onto your children. Point being, take your time making a decision on what type of boat to purchase so that you’re satisfied with that decision for the next few years (at least).

3) If you’re new to boating, definitely look into taking a boating safety course. The simple fact is this; while it might steer like a car, a boat handles much differently than an automobile and, if you don’t know how to handle it correctly, you could easily cause an accident or worse.

4) Keep in mind that their are a lot of additional costs when it comes to owning a boat. If you don’t have somewhere to keep it, you will need to either rent a space in a storage lot or a “slip” at a marina, both of which are relatively expensive monthly costs. Also, if you purchase gasoline from a marina, you can expect the price to be at least 30% higher than at your local gas station. Boating accessories like water skis, fishing rods, life jackets and so forth also will add to the cost, sometimes significantly.

5) If possible, take a test drive. Referring back to #2, a boat is something you will hold onto for many years. That’s why, whenever possible, you should definitely take it out for a test drive to make sure that you like the way it handles before you make your purchase decision.

And there you have them, 5 excellent tips that should help you to make the right decision when on a new boat. We wish you happy and safe boating!

Comments

  1. When I was growing up, I often got the chance to go boating with my family. I have so many fun memories and I would love to give my kids that same opportunity. This will be the first time I purchase a boat, so I appreciate your article. I like your tip for me to take my time when trying the find the right boat. These ideas give me a good place to start when looking for a boat. Thanks!

  2. I think people often forget about the extra costs of owning a boat when buying one. I know I do. I just want to get the best boat I can and forget that I need to save a little for the accessories and rent at the docks. So, I think the best advice for buying a boat is to take it slow. Figure out your whole budget and then go looking for the boat that best fits you.

  3. I definitely think it is important to think about what you plan on using the boat for – whether it be fishing, parties, relaxing, etc. Research at the best types of boats for that activity then is important. Check out different models, brands, compare prices, look at reviews, and I would even ask friends and family that may own a boat for advice. Great tips, thanks for sharing!

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