Chris Edmonston: Hey! It's a great day to be out on the water. Hi! I am Chris Edmonston, President of the BoatUS Foundation. Being out on the water is a great way to spend time with your friends, your family, or just to get away from it all. But if you don't have a boat there are certain things you need to consider before making that purchase, such as, where are you going to use your boat. Some boats you might look at are designed specifically for ocean use or use on rough waters, while others might be more suitable for a quiet lake. You also need to think about what you want to use the boat for. What are your family's interests? Some boats are specifically built for a special purpose, like water skiing, or fishing, or maybe you simply want to go cruising. And you need to think about who is going to be using the boat, is it just you, you and your family, are you going to have friends aboard, do you have young children or older adults? You need to think about things you might need, such as a bathroom or a kitchen even.
Also, take a look at where you are going to store the boat. If it's small enough to be on a trailer, are you allowed to keep it in your yard or in front of your house? And if you have to keep it in a marina, is there one near you that you like? And finally, does your previous boating experience match the skills needed to operate the boat you want to buy?
I can tell you, it's no fun operating a boat that you are not comfortable running, and remembering these tips can help you make a more informed boating purchase.