In the market for a boat, but you don’t have the necessary finances to make such a big purchase? In this case, you have two options: either you take out a loan, or you resolve to buy second hand. Now, the latter can seem like a risky decision – and it can be – but as long as you consider the following tips, you should be successful in buying a used boat in 2016.
What are you planning on using the boat for?
When you decide to make such a purchase, you must have in mind a purpose behind it. Simply put, how are you planning on using your boat? Its intended use will help you figure out the model. For example, you may need it to go out to sea with your children, in which case, it needs to be big enough for your family.
Or maybe you want to go out with your friends and party on your boat, which means that it has to be bigger and with a lot of open space. But maybe you just want to go fishing on it, alone or with a buddy. A smaller, lighter boat will suffice. Keeping this in mind, any time you go out and see a boat, check the manufacturer’s recommendations for number of occupants and maximum weight. This way, you’ll make sure it fits your needs.
Do you know what to look for in a used boat?
The appearance can tell you a lot about the state of your potential purchase, without saying a word. Look for tell-tale signs like moss, discoloration, corrosion, cracked or dull paint, scratches, holes, and other such obvious evidence of damage. Be careful, because they may be concealed by flooring materials and other objects on deck, meant to hide its faults. Remember to inspect every inch of it, inside and out.
It is also important to check the hull – do you notice discoloration? Has it been repaired? Was the repair done correctly? Another extremely important aspect is the state of the bulkheads? Are they secure? If they are loose, don’t buy the boat, because that is only going to lead to trouble. All these aspects related to appearance are not just about the boat looking good; they are signs related to whether the boat has been maintained properly or not. A rough-looking boat is a boat that has been mistreated.
Are you familiar with the mechanics of a boat?
Obviously, the mechanical part is majorly important. That is why you need to take the boat out for a spin before you purchase. If that is not possible, you should not buy it, because you may be in for very unpleasant surprises that have yet to be discovered. The worst part
is that these “surprises” can happen in the middle of the sea. Therefore, be sure to:
- Check for grime near seals and gaskets
- Check if the engine is clean
- Check the oil
- Check if the engine is rusted
- Check the batteries
There is a myriad of things that can go wrong on the mechanical side of things, so take the time to check everything before you buy (checkout Gumtree for a range of new and used boats) , so you don’t get stranded with a bad boat.