Boat Buying Tips You Should Know 
Thursday, June 20, 2013, 04:36 PM
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Longer and warmer days can make us think of lazy days on or near water. As soon as we look at going for a boat ride or fishing on any lake or river, some of us may begin dreaming of acquiring our individual boat. Living north in the 49th parallel, the summers have a tendency to become shorter, so we would like to know that we will get the most use and significance for our boat-buying dollar. Boat shopping is also enjoyable, but it can also be annoying, frustrating, exhausting or all of the above. It is advisable to ask yourself some questions prior to deciding on the boat mainly because there are lots of things to consider. First of all, what sort of boat are you looking for? Is it for water skiing, tubing, fishing or just for sightseeing? Wherever and how will you be spending most of the time? How several persons will usually be in the boat with you, and what types of features do you want or need? For most of us, price can be a major factor. Know how significantly you might be willing to spend on the boat. New boats have very good appeal but some of us might be limited to purchasing an used boat because in the cost tag (a term of caution: inside used boat market, a bargain just isn't necessarily a bargain, including a boat bought inside the United States and brought to Canada commonly has no warranty in Canada. Due to the fact I am a marine mechanic in Canada, this article is going to be from a Canadian perspective).

I was brought a boat that was bought at an auction during the States late in the season, so it wasn't until the following spring that it came into my shop to become checked over. The first time I fired up that 200 HP outboard, the knocking was so loud you could practically hear it clear across town. The outboard was shot and needed a $5000 fix.

Another man brought me a boat he'd bought in Texas being used for water skiing. He notion he'd gotten a beneficial deal. He brought the boat to me simply because he noticed the instrument panel wasn't functioning properly. You couldn't tell the engine speed because none of the electronic gauges were working. The instrument panel was a one piece unit, so it cost this customer $800 just for the instrument package. He had been sold the boat with the promise that there were no problems.

New boats have higher cost tags and normally ought to be financed. There are lots of affordable used boats out there and excellent deals can also be found, but some boats that look excellent and affordable may well not be what they glimpse at very first glance. When you start to create your selection, know your cost range, know what size of boat will meet your needs, and know what features you want. Also retain in mind that most of us will need to tow our boat to our fishing or boating destination, so you should have a vehicle able of towing a boat. A 14 to 16 foot boat will work well on smaller lakes with out a problem, but I would recommend a 16 foot boat instead of a 14 footer. Following you have chosen the length, you will also must choose a width for your boat as being a range of widths are available. Several on the older models are narrower than today's boats. Newer boats come with options for instance live wells, navigational lighting, bilge pumps, much better seating and better handling. When you purchase a brand new boat, you have a warranty on the boat, motor, trailer, etc. Quite a few utilized boats occur with really limited warranties or even none, so be certain to ask and get in writing what the warranty includes. Too many people have bought an utilized boat without having a warranty only to discover that all was not as promised. Prior to buying that boat, ask to take in it out on the water, preferably having a seasoned boat owner. You don't would like to pay for a boat getting been promised how the boat is in very good condition and works well only to find out the very first time out you're reduced to rowing back to shore or losing a wheel off the trailer. You could also wind up with dead batteries, no lights or a myriad of other issues.

An illustration of this can be the man who took his loved ones out for a very first ride in his newly purchased used boat. The boat was supposed being difficulty totally free and water ready. He backed the trailer into the water and launched the boat by hand. He pulled it to shore so that his loved ones could get in, pushed the boat back out into the water and tried to start the engine. After an hour or so of vainly trying to start the engine, he finally gave up. It was a quite windy day and the water was cold. He had to row the boat close sufficient to shore in that wind so that he could stand inside frigid water and push the boat back to shore to permit his loved ones to obtain out, after which manually push the boat back onto the trailer. As soon as he had bought the boat, he was promised there have been no issues with the motor and he was refused a refund. He was out the cash he had paid, and would have required an additional $1700 to create the boat usable and reliable. Even on the $1700 repair, the boat nonetheless would only had been worth what he initially paid for it.

Another time I got a boat exactly where the customer were told everything was good. He tried it out and everything seemed OK. However, the engine had issues (low compression in 2 out of 3 cylinders) and had to be replaced at a price of $3500. Even with the new motor, the boat was nevertheless worth only the $1200 he'd paid for it. He was promised the boat was perfect as soon as he bought it.

My final example is of a man who bought a boat from a Canadian dealer. He lake-tested the boat and it performed well. However, he witnessed that there was a lot of water in the bilge. Even though he returned to shore without a problem, he still wondered why there was so much water within the boat, so he brought the boat to me. It turned out that the wooden bunks inside the trailer had rotted out, exposing the bottom of the boat to the steel bunk mount, which punctured a hole the size of a Loonie in the bottom of the boat. The floor had to be removed, as well as some styrofoam, and a patch was riveted at the bottom of the boat. It needed 12 hours to produce this repair at a cost of $1600.

This is why it's so critical that you take in a veteran boat owner with you after checking out a boat to buy. Should you not know one, try to find a trustworthy marine shop and take the boat there to have it checked over. Ask the seller if you can have your dollars refunded if the boat isn't exactly as advertised. All too often boats are sold by disreputable sellers who have no interest in whether the boat actually floats, or is usable or reliable. Don't be afraid to ask for references - honest boat dealers will have several very good ones.

When we sell an employed or consignment unit, I'll spend at least an hour with the customer so that he knows what everything does and what its functionality is so that each of us are sure that the boat is the one he wants. By the time he has made his decision to acquire the boat, he knows what the boat is capable of and how to use it properly.

- Donna McGowan
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