Buying a boat is a lot like purchasing a home. If you choose the wrong one, it can lead to frustration. When done right, it can be a dream come true. This is especially true when you are buying your first boat. Sure, you may have grown up on the water and you may have spent plenty days on your friends’ fishing boats, but until you own a boat yourself, you can’t fully appreciate everything involved in the process. To help you make the right decision, remember these important tips for buying your first boat.
Determine Your Budget
It can be all too easy to overspend on a boat. If you’re not prepared and disciplined, you could easily spend more than you can afford. Before you buy, write down a specific number for total price (not monthly payments), and stick to this number throughout the entire process.
Don’t Forget Costs Of Boat Ownership
When estimating your purchasing price, you also need to realize your total cost of boat ownership. Again, this relates to being a first-time owner, as there are many expenses that you simply don’t see when you’re riding on a friend’s bay cruiser. For example, there will be costs for fuel, storage, insurance, and fishing gear. You’ll need safety equipment, seasonal maintenance, and the occasional repair. Make sure you know how much it will cost, in full, to own the boat.
Visit A Boat Show Before Purchasing
Boat shows are a great chance to see some of the finest crafts on the market. In one location, you’ll see multiple models from dozens of manufacturers, helping you make a fully informed decision when buying your first boat.
Buy The Boat That Fits Your Needs & Experience
It’s tempting to go out and purchase the most powerful speed boat on the water. It’s also tempting to buy the largest offshore vessel you can afford. On the other hand, if you’re concerned about pricing, it might seem like a good idea to buy a smaller boat. However, you need to think about your needs and experience level. A larger or more-powerful boat may be too much for a first-time owner, while a small boat may not give you the comfort and space you prefer.
Complete A Safety Course
Finally, before purchasing your first boat, we’d encourage you to complete some form of boat safety training. It may not be mandatory, but safety training can allow you to have more fun with less chances of injury. With proper training, you’ll always be ready on the water.
Find The Perfect Boat With Scout
Whether you are a first-time buyer or a seasoned boat owner, Scout Boats has a world-class vessel that will keep you happy for years. Thanks to outstanding features and a meticulous build process, our boats give you comfort, relaxation, and adventure every time you head for the water!