You've just spotted by the boat of your dreams at an exclusive boat shop, a fishing show, or perhaps in your neighbor's driveway next door. Visions of azure seas, pristine white sand beaches that stretch for miles with beachfront clusters of wild nightclubs, raging bars, and some of the best wall-to-wall shopping in the world comes to mind.
You're just about ready to put the money down, when all of a sudden, you stop and take a moment to rethink your situation. The closest you've ever been to a white sand beach is the schoolyard sandbox you played in thirty years ago. There's no need for you to worry though, your time will come.
Here are a few tips on how to land the boat of your dreams:
1. Honesty is the Best Policy
Your first order of business is to be perfectly honest with yourself, and ask the question, "What will I be using the boat for? " You'd be surprised at how many people fail to think this through. Buy that boat that fits your needs.
Have you considered the type of water you'll be boating in? Small bodies of water won't require as much freeboard and deadrise as that of larger bodies of water.
2. What's the Weather Like?
Climate and time of year are very important factors also. You can opt for a warmer climate extravaganza, which includes on open roof, or a closed model that offers protection from the elements. Match the boat with the weather.
3. New or Used?
A used boat will of course cost less than a new one, and quite often will come better equipped. It will also have a performance track record that's researchable. On the other hand, you won't usually get the full warranty that comes with a new model, and keep in mind that a new model will depreciate the moment it leaves the showroom floor.
4. Call the Coast Guard
I'll bet you didn't know that the Coast Guard is an excellent source to find out about recalls on a particular boat model. If there's a recall issued, make sure the owner has taken care of necessary repairs.
5. Check under the Hood
A boat might not have a hood, but checking out the engine can save you headaches down the road. A boat engine has to work a lot harder than that of a car. Ask to see the repair paperwork.
Visit the boat shows. This is where you can pick up a tremendous amount of information on the boating industry-for free.
If you love working on boats, or you're at home on the open sea, why not request our WyoTech DVD, and find out about the tech school training that can help land you a job in the field of Marine Technology.