Tips for Buying a Boat

The summer is right around the corner and if you’re anything like me, you can’t wait to get out onto your local lake or beachfront for some old fashioned summer fun! This could include some simple fishing to fast paced tubing or everything in between! However, you may be someone who is just thinking about getting their first boat this year – for you, here are some things to look for when buying a boat this year:

New vs. Used – Buying a new boat may seem like a great idea, but it doesn’t exempt you from potential problems. To ensure that you won’t have any major issues to deal with once purchased, look into what the boat manufacturer’s warranty is. When buying used, you’re going to have to perform a personal inspection, much like you would with a used car. Look at any cracks, paint problems and get the boat out on the water before purchasing.

Get the Right Boat – You’ll need a different kind of boat for different activities and size always matters in these cases. If you have no clue what size boat you should get, be sure to speak with a professional or a friend who owns a boat – they’ll be able to guide you in the right direction.

Safety First – It is usually not required, but you’ll want to take a safety course regarding boat operation. Since human error is to blame for the majority of boating accidents, learning how to control your boat and interact with others on the water can be a saving grace.

Protect Your Boat – Have a place for your boat when it’s not in use during certain seasons. Since most of us can’t afford large marina fees, I recommend at least a boat cover to protect your craft from the elements. However, the next step is the best protection for your boat – look into putting up a portable garage on your property.  This way, you can ensure that your boat is absolutely shielded from anything the weather and extreme seasons can throw at it.