Always thought about buying a boat but not sure where to begin? There are many factors you need to take into consideration before purchasing your first boat. Do you want a new or re-loved boat? What boat servicing is required when you own your own boat? Where do you look to buy a boat? Here we give you a guide as to what you need to think about before making this purchase.
Decide What Type Of Boat Would Suit You
There is a wide range of different boats on the market so there will be one that is just right for you. The first thing to determine is what type of boat you would like to purchase. Have a think about what activities you are planning to do on the boat and how many people you would like to bring aboard. Once you’ve decided on these things, this will help you decide the size of the boat you will be wanting to purchase. Some types of boats available include All-purpose fishing boats, ski boats, dinghies, sailboats, bay boats, and more.
New Boat VS Used Boat
It can be a difficult choice to decide if you want to purchase a new or preloved boat, especially when it’s the first boat you’re buying. It really comes down to your budget and taste. When making this decision think about these factors:
If something goes wrong with your new boat you will have a manufacturer’s warranty.
New boats offer the latest and greatest innovations.
You can buy exactly what you want, not just what is available on the pre-owned market.
With a used boat, you get a less expensive boat, therefore, saving you money and you get a lower cost per year of ownership.
With a pre-loved boat, any initial bugs in the boat or motor have likely surfaced and been dealt with.
Negotiate Your Purchase
Take time to learn and understand boat pricing as this will be a critical part of buying a new or preloved boat. Buying a boat is a big purchase, so you want to make sure you’re paying the correct amount. When trying to decide if the price is right speak to a recommended boat dealer. There is a range of dealers who will genuinely want to assist you in finding the right boat for you at the right price. When you find a dealer you trust, ask them for the bottom-line best price. Make sure you visit the boat manufacturer’s website and get as much information as possible. Some will be able to email you a quote and allow you to see the price differences on different features of a boat. This will be beneficial when determining the value of the boat you’re looking to buy. Once you’ve gone through all of the research and you are comfortable with the knowledge you have gained, you can submit your offer.
And finally, sail into the sunset and enjoy everything your new boat has to offer.