How to Buy a Better Used Boat

When buying a used boat, it is important to take different things into account. For example, it is necessary to have a clear understanding at what the boat will be used for. If it will be used for family outings on a lake, there are boats clearly more suitable for that purpose than others that are suitable for the open ocean. Another aspect to take into account is how fast you wish to glide across the water. Some boats can only travel 10-25 knots, whereas other boats can go over 80 knots on smooth water. Another thing to consider is affordability. Used boats should cost less than they were originally sold for, because they depreciate in value. As time goes on, they are more likely to break down and need repairs. So before buying, try to determine how much the boat may actually come to cost you, including the price of possible repairs.

Know What You Want
For someone who intends to purchase a boat that can pull a tube behind it, a sleek speed boat would probably be best. A boat that can’t go over 20 knots wouldn’t be optimum for water skiing, tubing or any other water sport that requires towing. On the other hand, if the boat would be used for sightseeing or relaxing and speed wasn’t a major concern, a sailboat or a slower motor boat would be appropriate. Some people may intend to get a boat that they can tow behind a truck and put it in the water themselves. In that circumstance, weight would become an important part of choosing the right boat because the truck would have a maximum towing limit.

Determining the Total Price
It is never a good decision to buy a used boat without checking it out completely. Ask the owner of the boat what kind of maintenance they have done to ensure the boats quality, and request to have it checked out at a trusted boat repair shop. Similar to buying a used car, try to know what you’re getting before you buy it. Make sure that the engine is in working order and it won’t fail within a year or two. Replacing the engine on a boat is very expensive and can greatly impede how you feel about owning your own boat. Before or after the boat is inspected, ask the current owner of the boat for a test run. It is important that you feel comfortable with how the boat functions. If not, then its probably not the right boat for you. If the boat felt comfortable and checked out good with the repair shop, then the next step is deciding where you would keep it when it is not in use. Marinas are places that will store boats, however each one charges different amounts and depend on the size of the boat that would be stored. There are also covered and uncovered slips where the boat could be stored, which can greatly affect the price. Overall, it is important to maintain an understanding of how much the boat will cost you yearly, and be prepared to handle it.