You’ve decided it’s time.
Time to live out your dreams.
Time to sail the open seas.
Time to buy a boat.
If you’ve decided to buy a boat, you’re in good company. In 2016, there were 3.65 billion dollars of recreational boat sales.
But how do you decide exactly which boat to buy?
If you’re thinking of buying a boat, then keep reading. This article covers useful questions to ask yourself when buying a boat.
Why Are You Buying a Boat?
From fishing boats to speed boats to houseboats. There are many different types of vessels to choose from when buying a boat.
What kind of activities do you want to do? Is it for deepsea fishing, or to take a relaxing cruise on a Sunday afternoon?
Maybe it’s the adrenaline rush you get from a speedboat that you’re looking for.
Ever consider living on a boat? Maybe do a little island hopping? Yes, there are even boats for that.
Make a list of all the things you want to do, and don’t hold back – there’s a boat for everything you could possibly dream of doing.
Who Is The Boat For?
Next, decide who you will be inviting on this boat. Maybe you want a smaller two-man fishing boat for just you and your significant other.
Or maybe you are buying a boat to take a group of your best friends out for a social gathering on a 22-foot speedboat.
How many people you plan on having on your boat will help you determine what size of boat you should buy.
When Will Your Boat Be Used?
Of course, we know you’ll be using the boat on beautiful, sunny days, but what about the days that you aren’t able to be on the water. Where will you keep it?
This is important to think about because there is a lot that goes into the storage and winterization of a boat.
Do you have a place to store your boat during the offseason? How will you get it there?
Is your boat going to be kept at a vacation home? If so, you will need to consider if you need a custom dock and gangway.
How Will You Purchase Your Boat?
Buying a boat is a big decision. It can also be an expensive decision.
There are different boats for every kind of budget. Boat prices can range anywhere from $10,000 up to $70,000 and beyond.
Do some research on different brands. Certain brands will be more expensive, while lesser known brands may be good enough, but more affordable.
Also, consider buying a used boat, or sharing the boat with other people you trust to keep the costs low.
Time To Set Sail
The great thing about boating is it is completely custom and individualized to whatever adventure you are dreaming of.
Have questions or concerns regarding docking and boat lifts? Relax, we’re here to help in any way we can.
So get out there already! Get the boat you’ve been eyeing, invite your friends along.