Everything You Need To Know About Buying Used Boats

By Bob Gockeler
Updated July 28, 2016
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Everything You Need To Know About Buying Used BoatsBoating isn't a sport, it is a way of life. Once you get into it, it starts to take over your life. At some point, you will want buy your own first boat, and you can be sure that you will tinker with it and upgrade it, until you sell it to buy your next one. When you're buying used boats, whether it is your first or your tenth, it is all too easy to fall completely in love and forget to exert due diligence. You have to make sure that you check the boat properly from top to bottom, to make sure that you get a good deal. Even if you are comfortable to fix a boat that is broken, you don't want to pay good money for a bad thing. The points below will make sure that you don't get swindled on your next boat purchase.

Why Are You Buying Used Boats?

First of all, you have to ask yourself about purchase. Different boats are good for various things. You may want one for weekend personal use, spending time with your friends and family. Or maybe you want to become a crab fisher in the Alaskan seas. These are two extreme ends of the spectrum, and most boats fall somewhere in between them. What it does, however, is show how many options there are. If you want to learn how to properly sail, for instance, you will need something very different from what you use if you want to go water-skiing.

Test Runs:

When you are buying used boats, you have to do many of the same things as if you were buying a car and one of those things is taking it for a test run. You have to make sure it works properly and that it isn't just something that looks good on the surface. When giving it a test, you will also be able to spot what types of things are most likely to need attention at some point, and how much it will cost you to do this. Do also look over the different parts and listen to how they sound. Most defects can be identified by unusual noises.

Visit Authorized Dealers:

While it is up to you if you want to buy a used boat from a private seller, you have a lot more rights if you go to an authorized dealer. You will usually get some sort of warranty and guarantee. Furthermore, dealers will do all they can to build and maintain a positive reputation, so they are less likely to sell you a broken boat.

Watch Your Budget:

Because boating is very much a lifestyle, it is all too easy to assign a personality and feeling to a boat as well. People genuinely fall in love with a boat, and since love makes people blind, they tend to forget about important things. And one of those important things is your budget. It is all too easy to see something you love and tell yourself that it is okay to spend a bit more than you wanted on it. However, you must be strong and be able to walk away if it costs too much.





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