Buying a boat should really be very carefully thought through. It is not just that boats are inherently expensive, although now you can surely buy them pre-owned at very affordable prices. It is just that it entails a lot of care and attention.
The hull and the motor need constant fixing, not to mention that transporting it from your garage (if you keep it there during the off season) to the lake or the marina can be such a hassle. But having said this, there is nothing in the world that could compare to cruising through the waves or silently sailing through calm waters in the privacy of your own boat.
The pleasure of navigating the waters on your own, the leisure that it affords you during fishing and the freedom to explore the open sea the experience is just definitely priceless. These pros and cons of course only mean one thing: when you buy boats you better be sure you want it.
Online auction house, pickles.com.au offers tips on buying boats, whether new or a used model.
What do you need it for?
The purchase should depend on what you need a boat for: Fishing? Enjoying the waves? Snorkelling? For example, those who are into fishing have two choices: a boat that is fit for freshwater fishing and another for salt water fishing. The difference between the two is the material and the engine used for the boat. Freshwater fishing would mean calmer waters while braving the open seas means encountering bigger waves and stronger currents.
Then there are boats that are called runabout boats. These are usually used for sports, like water skiing or pulling inflatable tubes. These boats are typically faster and built more for leisure. They also come with hooks where you can easily and safely attach equipment.
Snorkelling and diving enthusiasts on the hand might prefer dive boats, which also come in several types. There are the open boats, the open rigged hulled boats, and rigged hulled inflatable boats.
It is best to do some research if this is your first time to consider buying a boat. Do not be blinded by low prices from used boat sellers; only go to trusted stores or auction houses to make sure you are getting a good buy.
A boat, after all, is a big purchase. And going into the open sea with a sub-standard vessel may put your life in danger.