Ask a boater what their favorite two days are, and they will tell you the day they bought their boat and the day they sold that same boat. Don’t become one of thousands who simply made the wrong purchase and never got to experience all the thrills of boating. If you follow just a few of these simple steps before heading off to the next boat sale, you will be well on your way to having some memorable times out on the high seas with all your family and close friends.
1. Make sure that you identify your boating needs before you choose a boat that is in your price range. Different boats provide exceptional times for different experiences. You can not enjoy tubing or water skiing if you buy a boat that was designed for fishing. You will never get the most out of a fishing excursion when you bought a party boat because it looked cool or was affordable. Rather than buy in this manner, find the right boat to match your boating lifestyle, then you enjoy the time on the water more.
2. Take time long before you even start shopping for a boat to carefully consider what all the expenses will be that come with owning a boat. Too many people assume the price of the boat is the only real financial obligation, then start getting buried with bills for storage, fuel, repairs, maintenance, licenses, permits, safety equipment, fishing equipment, and even a new trailer. Get these all down on paper and incorporate into the budget. If you can afford the boat and all these expenses up front, you will get the most of this experience.
3. Go out with some friends this weekend and start living the boating lifestyle as often as possible. hang around late and see what goes into putting the boat away or getting it on a trailer. Get there early to see all the preparations that go into getting a boat read for a day out in the sun. This is a labor of love for many, but if it feels like a chore at this point you may not be cut out for owning a big boat. Get a feel for the lifestyle and start with a smaller boat. This way you can always upgrade down the road if you truly love boating.
Now you know how to keep the thrill in boating and make certain you are going to have the best possible boat buying experience.