Boat Buying Checklist

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Moises Linares with the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation provides a step by step checklist to follow when purchasing a boat so you can get the best deal possible.

    Moises Linares: Hi! This is Moises Linares with Take Me Fishing. If you are planning to buy a boat, there are plenty of exciting options to choose from. Here is a handy checklist to help you navigate all the options. First, how do you intend to use your boat? For example, if you like to fish, choose a boat that includes feature such as life well and rod holders. Second, consider where you will using your boat and what sort of power requirements you need, size material and engine will depend on what type of water you will mostly be navigating, Calm Waters, Bay Coastal Or Offshore boating? Third, new or pre-owned? If purchasing a pre-owned boat, be sure to have it inspected by a Marine Surveyor and get a certified marine survey value estimate. Taking the step may reduce the chance of unexpected repairs and allow you to renegotiate the price. Fourth, consider, when, where and how you plan to store your boat when you are not using it, and how you plan to move it back and forth from storage to water? Whether you plan to use a trailer, get rack storage, or slip storage, you have to consider a budget and the convenience of each. Fifth, similar to a car purchase you will need to consider financing, insurance and licensing. Every city has different regulations. Online calculators are available on many boat-listing websites like discoverboating.

    com budgeting tool. So you can quickly determine whether a loan fits within your budget before you choose a boat. Its important to understand all the cost associated with owning a boat and operating a boat. With all this information you will be well on your way to making the right decision for your boat purchase.