Boating is a great way to experience and connect with nature. Plus, it’s exhilarating and fun! If you’re looking to enjoy life on a boat this season, you first need to find the perfect vessel for you. However, there are many things you need to consider when purchasing your first boat. Make this process easier on yourself by keeping the following advice in mind.
The Type of Boat
The first thing you must consider when looking for a boat is the type. What you plan on doing with the vessel can determine the kind you will purchase. For example, if you want to learn how to sail, you shouldn’t buy a motorboat.
There are several questions you can ask yourself to help with this decision:
- Do you want this boat to be transportable on a trailer?
- Will you need space to entertain guests?
- Do you have kids who want to go tubing?
Answering these questions can help lead you to the type of boat most suitable for your needs and preferences.
Used or Brand New?
Another great question to ask yourself is whether you want to purchase a new or used boat. Many people sell their used vessels at affordable prices, making it easier for you to find what you’re looking for within your budget. We recommend going the used route to help save money upfront, but there’s also nothing wrong with wanting to purchase a brand-new boat.
In addition to the vessel, there’s equipment every new boater needs. This equipment will not come with the vessel, so you need to consider this when purchasing your first boat. Safety gear, trailers, dock lines, anchors, etc., all need to factor into the price of the investment. You cannot forget this equipment because it is necessary for transporting, protecting, and using the boat.
Where Will You Store the Boat?
What type of climate do you live in? Do you plan on leaving your boat in the water until you’re ready to use it again? Or do you need to transport it to and from the waterway each time?
Those are all great questions to ask yourself because you need a place to leave the boat when it’s not in use. It’s also important to note that if you live in a climate that experiences freezing temperatures, you will need to winterize the vessel for storage. Figure this out before purchasing the boat to ensure you have proper storage accommodations.
Keep the above considerations in mind when you’re shopping around to make the appropriate decision. Don’t forget to walk through and survey the vessel and conduct a sea trial before closing the deal. Good luck finding your first boat!