Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Buying a Used Boat

If you’ve been thinking of getting yourself a boat, buying a used one might be ideal, and for numerous reasons. For starters, the model has already been tried and tested by the person who bought it new, and as such you can get a full report on its reliability. Secondly, buying a used boat saves you money. Indeed, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, NMMA, 60 percent of first-time boat buyers purchase a used boat.

Buying a used boat, as with any big purchase, requires adequate preparation, especially if you are doing it for the first time. There are numerous boat models to choose from, and you need to know what you will be using your boat for so that you can settle on an appropriate model. Remember also that there are Coast Guard regulations for each of these vessels, and you must comply before you are allowed to set sail.

When buying a used boat, it is crucial that you check to see whether the previous owners properly maintained the boat. If there are signs of neglect and deterioration, you might want to move on to the next boat. Usually, when viewing a prospective boat, you will find that the boat is not in water. Depending on the region, the boat may be in the owners’ home or the Marina. Even though that is the case, you can still make a good assessment and if possible, request for a test cruise. Do not part with your money until you are certain that the watercraft you are buying is worth that money.

Besides the appearance of the boat, special attention should be paid to the mechanical aspects of it. Make sure that the engine of the boat is in good shape. A review by a marine mechanic is a good way to ascertain whether the engine is in good working condition. Remember, marine engines are expensive and you do not want to have to incur great losses after your boat purchase. Also, if a single engine boat breaks down, you will be stranded at sea.

A good company offers premium used boats that you can trust. Upon acquisition of the boats, they should be checked, repaired as necessary, serviced and cleaned thoroughly before they are passed on to their next owners.

On top of providing reliable pre-owned boats, the particular company should also offer services such as oil changes, replacement of water pumps, canvass repair, rebuilding of trailers, troubleshooting and engine repair, and so much more. Once you make an order, you should expect it to be delivered overnight, so you do not have to wait days to get what you want.

Whether you want a boat for yourself or your family, it is important that you choose a model that is reliable and which will stay with you until you decide to pass it along to new owners. And even though you do not know which the best model is, a boat seller will assist you in making that decision by offering great advice and insights.