If you are really feeling the urge to get out and be on the water then consider these 6 questions before you buy your boat to sail.
It is really not necessary to be a rich person to own a boat, but if you want to use your money in a sensible way, then choose such a boat which you can easily afford to purchase and maintain too.
The following are few possible vessels that can be mind-boggling and can be quite different from one another:
- Aluminum fishing boats
- Pontoon boats
- Fiberglass runabouts
- Ski/wakeboard boats
- Sailboats designed for cruising on the ocean
Now the question is how will you know which one is right for you. Just take into account all your activities first, after that try to look at various preferences e.g. propulsion, passengers and transportability.
First ask yourself following 6 questions before you start shopping:
1. What use will you make with your boat?
You may either like to go for tubing or fishing or for water skiing. Few other top reasons can be cruising and sailing too. Try to buy the cheapest and simplest boat for the use from boats for sale in South Florida.
2. Do you have enough time to enjoy with your boat?
You need to seriously think about it. In case, you love boating, you have very little time for it, then consider the options different from exclusive ownership.
3. Do you really in need of a big boat?
Try to answer following questions to know if you really need big boat purchase.
- How many passengers will you like to carry?
- Are you in need of room for cocktail with friends or sleeping and kitchen quarters? Or
- Do you need just a place for sitting alone while doing fishing into a lake?
Any bigger boat will tend to be more expensive to operate. Various costs include:
- Registration and insurance
- Fees for launch and lift-out
- Dry docking during offseason
- Engine maintenance
- Hull cleaning and its treatment
- For sailboats line and sail replacements
- Besides that, payments for fire extinguishers, life jackets and few goodies like dinghies, water skis etc.
4. Where are you going to keep it?
Few people prefer to tote the boats on the trailers and explore variety of waterways. Few others dock in their home port marinas. If the boat is bigger, then you will need larger and stronger trailer and truck or car to pull it.
For bigger size, you may also need professionals or permits to move the boat. Also think about storage options cost when you are not using the boat for longer periods.
5. What should drive your boat?
Are you looking for powerboat? Or, you prefer paddles to quietly explore along the coast or try to race down river. Also, there are sailboats that is propelled by skillful application of wind power.
6. Should you purchase new or used?
Any pre-owned boats can be far less expensive as compared to new boats as they have depreciated already. However, before you buy used boat, get the boat checked by a professional recognized by National Association of Marine Surveyors.