Tips before buying a new boat

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Steps to the best choice

If it’s time to buy your first boat, don’t let the excitement get the better of you and make some mistakes that will ultimately make you regret the decision.

Finding that boat you have been dreaming about for so long can take some time of research and study.

What you need to do

Be clear about exactly what type of boat you want – a boat for fishing or short day trips is not the same as a boat for cruising or a whole weekend. Think that everything will have an impact on functionality, cost and maintenance. Depending on what you need, the size of the boat and the material of manufacture will also be different. 

Do your research, search the internet, compare prices and sizes. If you look at a lot of boats and ask questions about them, it will be easier to know which one you need.

Don’t get carried away by the exterior. A beautiful boat with a mysterious past may have many more problems than it appears. You may be amazed by its looks but it may not meet your requirements or the maintenance costs may be too high. However, a dirty and neglected boat can be a sign of bigger problems such as corrosion, rust or other more serious problems.

Consider the costs of ownership. Think that your initial budget should also include the costs of maintenance, petrol, etc…. 

Don’t finance it for too long, a boat loses value very quickly in the market, our advice is to make a large down payment and pay off the debt as soon as possible.

Our last piece of advice before finalising your purchase is to hire a company to carry out an inspection of the boat including a sea trial to ensure that everything will be in perfect condition and that you will not have any problems when you go out to sea.

Now you have the information you need to start looking for a boat that meets all your expectations.

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