Buying a used boat requires a lot of careful considerations. More often than not, people do not know what to look for. Below is an excerpt discussing things you should look for when buying a used boat.
1. Boat Model
You must have an idea of what type of boat you should buy. Below are some factors that can help you choose an appropriate model:
- What is your preferred manufacturer? For a used boat, you should consider manufacturers that make durable boats. It will cost you a fortune to maintain a boat that breaks down every few weeks.
- How much power do you need on your boat? This will help you determine an appropriate engine.
- What size of boat do you need? Typically, you will require a larger boat for applications such as luxury cruises, commercial fishing, or transportation.
- What features do you require? It could be thrusters, wishing wells, refrigerators, kitchens, or sleeping areas.
2. Boat Hours Versus Service Records
A misconception held by many people is that a boat with a lot of hours will be poorly maintained. However, this is not always the case. You should ask the owner to provide the boat's logbook service records and maintenance schedules to determine how well the boat is kept. These records will provide essential information, such as the required repairs and any problems the boat could develop in the foreseeable future.
3. Boat Condition
Below are some tips to help you assess the boat's condition:
- Start the boat while it's cold. Strange engine sounds, ignition problems, and a lot of smoking indicate an underlying engine problem.
- Take a quick look at the boat's engine; oil leaks and water contamination are signs of a poorly kept engine.
- Expect the used boat to have some scratches, worn-out upholstery, or minor dents. However, you should be concerned if the body is in a deplorable state. Avoid buying boats that have had extensive repairs in the past or that have too much rust.
- Test the vessel to determine its performance. Other than the engine and transmission, check the functionality of the various controls.
4. Boat Pricing
Determining the price of a used boat can be a tricky affair. However, there are two ways to go about it. You could either ask for a formal appraisal or conduct some background research to determine the average value of the boat. Adjust this value depending on the condition of the boat. Ask the seller for guarantees. When buying from a dealer, ask for complimentary services such as free servicing and shipping.
When buying a used boat, determine an appropriate model and check the boat hours, service records, condition, and boat pricing.