If you have a boat your summer time is going to be a lot more enjoyable. From water skiing to fishing, boats are definitely great to have around and if you want to save money and shop for used boats instead of new, there are a few tips you will want to remember. Boats are versatile and although the brand new models can cost an arm and a leg, there are a lot of used boats that you could purchase. There are just a few things to remember if you ever start shopping for any used boats.
Of course because these boats have been used you cannot expect them to be in mint condition but if you buy a boat that has not been well taken care of, you are running the risk of it breaking down on you the first time you hit the water. The last thing you want, even if you are not paying much money for it, is an unreliable and rusty piece of garbage. Shop online through sites like Kijiji and Craigslist which always have lots of great listings but you will have to shop carefully. This will mainly be determined by what the primary use of the boat is going to be.
If you just want to sunbathe or fish on the boat then pretty much any basic make or model will do, whereas if you were planning to stay on the boat overnights you would need to find one that offered accommodations for this. There are the Bow-Riders and Cuddy Cabins which are both great all-around boats. If you do have the chance to take a look at the boat in person before deciding whether or not to buy, which is always the best way, make sure that you lift up anything covering parts of the boat floor. Look for discoloration and moss on the floor of the boat, especially in crevices and under mats.
Always check the Gel-Coat on used boats because this is supposed to be waxed annually. Remember to always ask a seller a lot of different questions including why they are selling the boat in the first place. They may be moving away, have saved up for a new boat or something of the sort and these would tell you that the boat is probably in good condition and there is nothing wrong with it. They may be moving or have saved up enough money to get an even better boat, but if they shy away from your questions and go off topic then you should think twice about going through with the purchase.
Of all the different parts of the boat you should be checking over, the mechanical aspects of the boat are perhaps the most important of all. You do not want to buy any used boats just because they may look good at first glance. Check for heavy deposits of grime near the seals and make sure the engine is clean. These are all great tips that will help you when you are shopping for used boats and help make sure that you get the best deal.