Buying a new sailboat can be an intimidating experience. The costs, the maintenance, and the constant juggling of your schedule to get out on the water can all add up to a lot of stress.
The good news is that if you're buying a sailboat, it's probably because you love being on the water. And if that's the case, then it's worth taking some time to learn about what makes for a good purchase—and what mistakes you should avoid at all costs when looking at new boats.
Here are three common mistakes that people make when buying a new sailboat:
1) Overpaying For Features You Don't Need
The first mistake that many people make when buying their first boat is overpaying for features they don't need or won't use. For example, if you live in a place with cold winters and rarely go sailing during that time of year, then why pay extra for heated floors? They may look nice, but they add weight and cost more to maintain than other options. New boats often include a lot of extra features that can be tempting to buyers, but it's important to remember that you don't have to use every single one. Instead, focus on the basics—like getting an open cockpit design or adding an outboard motor—and then decide whether the extra bells and whistles are worth it for you.
2) Not Having Enough Storage Space
Another common mistake is buying a boat without enough storage space—which can lead to having to buy an additional trailer just so all your gear has somewhere to go after each trip out on the water. One of the best ways to solve this problem is to look for a boat with plenty of hatches that can be opened or closed as needed. You might also want to consider adding a small toolbox or storage tubs to your boat, so you have somewhere safe for things like emergency supplies and spare parts.
3) Not Checking Out The Boat's Hull Or Deck
Worn or damaged hulls can be a problem for any boat, but especially for small boats that see lots of use. Check for cracks, dents, and other damage to make sure your boat is as sturdy as it needs to be. If you're looking at a fibreglass hull, check for cracks around the waterline by holding up a piece of cardboard between your finger and thumb. If there are any gaps between them, this could indicate problems with the fibreglass below.
If you are looking for new boats, then avoid the above mistakes. A boat is an investment, and you want to make sure you're spending your money wisely.
For more information about new boat sales, contact a local dealer.