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BUYING A SECOND-HAND BOAT

If your dream is owning a boat, but you don’t have the budget to buy a new one, your best option is to buy a second-hand boat. The problem with used vehicles is that, just like with cars, you need to have a good eye to spot the best deal possible. You see, unlike cars, shopping for used boats is more unfamiliar territory. With that in mind, I’ve put together this basic guide on how to make sure you get the best second-hand boat possible if you’re in the market for one.

HOW DO YOU WANT TO USE YOUR BOAT?

This is the first thing that you need to decide on. You have to decide what type of boating you’ll be doing because this will factor in the kind of boat you must get. If you want to go on day trips or cruise locally, you can just go for a smaller boat instead of a big one. If you’re going to go boating in open waters, then a bigger one is recommended.

Once you’ve figured that out, you can also determine how much power you need for your boat. This goes hand in hand with the type of boating you’ll be doing. Remember that if the boat has less power, it is less expensive. If you plan to go water skiing, for example, you might want to get a more powerful boat that can accommodate that. Again, power and size of the boat will depend on the type of boating activity you’ll be doing.

TRY BEFORE YOU BUY

This is the golden rule for people who buy used vehicles. It’s a smart move to try out several different boats to see which one you prefer. Before you do that, read up on the types of boats, and what they can do so you’ll know what to expect.

GET A BROKER

This really doesn’t need further explaining. A broker can help you get the best deals on used boats, especially if you’re looking for luxury boats.

INSPECT THE BOAT

Always and I mean always, inspect the boat before you buy it. This can’t be truer when you buy a used one. It’s vital that you check for stress fractures or inspect the quick-fix areas to see if there are any damage. It’s a used vehicle, so it has seen some action.

If possible, ask for the boat’s history and maintenance records. If the boat has been passed around to different owners, there’s probably a good reason why, which is what you need to find out. When you’re inspecting the boat, be as thorough and detailed as possible. Bring an expert to help you examine the boat if you’re not confident enough. The danger of buying a second-hand boat is that there might be issues that you don’t know about, which can be a deal breaker later on.

CONSIDER THE HIDDEN COSTS

A second-hand boat will usually come with hidden costs. You need to consider that, especially if some on-board gears or safety equipment are missing. It can be quite problematic if you can’t determine that earlier and then wind up spending almost the same amount as the price of the boat for all the additional gears and equipment you need to buy later.

Buying a second-hand boat can be risky when you don’t know how to spot a good deal or not. Proper research and doing your due diligence is the key to this endeavour. With enough knowledge and a bit of patience, you should be able to find the right second-hand boat for your needs. Good luck and happy hunting mate.


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Bill Matthews
bill.matthews@dinga.com.au

Bill is as green friendly as they come. He's travelled the world, loves kayak fishing and camping.