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Boats for Sale
Owning a boat can be a great way to spend more time with the family on weekends, give you an excuse to hang out with your friends on the lake, or just be another fun way to spend some time. Unfortunately, the expensive price of many new boats leaves a lot of potential boat enthusiasts out of the water when it comes to boat ownership. Buying a used boat, however, can be a great way to become a boat owner without having to go broke or sacrifice quality. Here are some things you should know about used boats when you’re looking at boats for sale.
Things to Consider when buying a boat
Before you even start looking at used boats for sale in your area, you should take a few things into consideration. You don’t want to get attached to a boat only to find out it’s got some serious problems you hadn’t discovered before! Here are a few things to consider before you begin your hunt for a boat.
Like cars, boats have warranties that can protect you, the consumer, in the case of a breakdown or needed repair. The biggest warranty you want to make sure you get on your boat is for the motor. This includes both the inboard and outboard motors because those can cost more to repair than they are to buy new in some cases. Unless you don’t mind getting stuck with a repair bill that can go into the thousands of dollars, make sure your motor has a warranty. Try to get a certified pre owned boat if you can’t get a warranty.
Type of Boat
The actual type of boat you purchase makes a big difference when it comes to purchasing a used boat. Since you want to get a boat that hasn’t been used a lot, you should try to find a used boat that has a small center console. Recreational boaters, the types of people who generally use boats with small center consoles, usually put on a lot fewer miles than a boater who frequently goes fishing for commercial purposes. Even though commercial fishing boats may seem fun and look durable, they almost always need to have major repairs done before they’re ready to use. Larger boats tend to have the same problems. Unless you’re a boat expert and know what to look for in a boat, stick with something a little smaller like ski boats or power boats.
When you do start looking at boats, you’ll want to inspect them for damage. Some of the damage that can happen to boats is hard to see. Look for waves or scratches in the fiberglass hull. This can indicate a crash. You should also check to see how many hours are on the engine. You want to stay away from something with a lot of hours because that will increase the chances of having a major problem with the craft.
Feel free to ask questions from the boat owner about how often the boat was serviced, how many times the boat had problems or needed repairs, and more. You’re making a big investment by purchasing a boat, so don’t feel like you’re being unreasonable when you want to know this information. You’ll also want to know where this boat was stored. Dry-dock storage during the cold season can damage the hull of a boat, so avoid boats that were stored in dry-dock during the off-season if you live somewhere where it gets cold during the winter months.
Buying a Used Boat For Sale
With those considerations in mind, you’re ready to begin the process of shopping for and buying a used boat. While purchasing a used boat isn’t hard, you’ll definitely want to be smart about it. Here’s some information that should help.
After doing some research reading boat reviews and talking to your friends who boat, determine the boat style, how big you want your boat to be, and what boat accessories you’ll need for your boating excursions. This will give you a reasonable idea of what your budget should be. Sail boats will have a different price range than power boats you’d use with jet skis with a day on the lake. Make sure to stay on budget so you don’t have to sell your boat for much less when you hit financial troubles!
Determine how much distance you are willing to travel to purchase a boat. Like buying a car, you’re actually moving the product back to your home once you purchase it. Unlike buying a car, however, you’re not adding mileage to your boat when you transport it, so don’t worry if you even have to transport your boat out of state.
Check online classifieds to find deals on used boats around you. Additionally, you can hire a broker to help you look for boats for sale. Like a real estate broker, boat brokers basically check other boat broker’s listings and trying to see if they can get you a good deal on the boat. You’ll have to pay the broker for his or her services, but it may be worth the convenience.
When you see some boats you like, schedule appointments to go and see them. Spend some time with them on the dock before going in the water so you can save time if the boat is one you obviously don’t want.
Once you’ve made a short list of boat sales you might consider purchasing, schedule some time to actually take them out on the water. See how they handle, look for problems, and get a general feel for the boat.
Like hiring a broker, this step is optional, but you may want to hire someone who can perform an inspection of your boat before purchasing it. This is like getting a home inspected before buying it, and it can save you lots of money in the long run if you pick up problems before you make the purchase.
Finally, after comparing prices to classifieds and other used boat listings, make an offer.
If your offer is accepted, congratulations! You’re now a boat owner and can enjoy the seafaring life.
Boat ownership has many other aspects to it, but you’ll need to buy a boat before you even get there. Follow these steps and find yourself behind the steering wheel of a boat before you know it.
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