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It can be exciting when you take a look at your budget and decide that now is the perfect time to buy a boat. However, it is important that you don't rush into the purchase. There is more to consider than just being able to afford it and thinking about the fun you will have. Here are some things to consider when shopping around for your first boat.
Visit Boat Shows First
Since this is your first boat, you might not be too familiar with the different types, let alone which dealer to go through. It can help to visit a few local boat shows first to see what it is all about. This lets you meet dealers and ask them as many questions as you need to. You can talk about the different types of boats available for your needs and preferences, find out what the average prices are, and decide which dealer is someone you would like to work with. There are also other boating enthusiasts who you can communicate with at boat shows to get their advice and tips as well.
Decide Between New or Used
A major decision to make before you start checking out boat sales is to decide between a new or used boat. New boats are going to cost you more, but might have better warranties and will not have wear and tear like used boats. However, you can get a really good deal on a used boat, and it might not have been used often, so it may be in very good condition. Also consider that a lot of boats are now made of quality materials like fiberglass, so they tend to last longer in this condition. Buying a used boat made of fiberglass or aluminum is not as worrisome as buying an older boat made of wood. Use the same methods as if you were choosing between a new or used car, such as considering the age, condition, price, and maintenance required.
Consider the Required Maintenance
Speaking of maintenance, this is another important detail to keep in mind when deciding on the ideal boat for you. When you are new to boating, you might not be aware of how much work goes into maintaining it, even after learning how to operate it. If you don't have a lot of time to maintain the boat, you might want to consider a boat like a pontoon or skiff boat. These are simple boats that are easy to take care of. Another option is to hire a professional to help clean and maintain your boat on a routine basis; that way there are more choices available to you. Also consider what type of warranty the boat comes with, as that might also help with maintenance and repairs.