Buying a boat is a big purchase. Like a car or a house, you should do proper research and make sure you are buying the right boat for you. Here are some things to consider when buying a new boat.
Boats come in as many brands and models as cars do. When you find a boat brand that interests you, look for reviews from other owners.
While accidents can happen on any mode of transportation, you should inquire if your boat has had many accidents or repair issues. You don’t want to be stuck on the water with a damaged vessel.
You would never dismiss the importance of a healthy car engine. Keep this same precaution regarding a boat engine. Check the age of the engine. Look for leaks and smoke. Start it up and take it for a test ride – or sail before any money changes hands.
While it is nice to have a beautiful boat worthy of Instagram, you should focus on what the exterior condition says about the boat’s history. Look for rust, bubbling paint, cracks, scratches, deck condition, and mold. Move the steering wheel and test the anchor.
When you are looking to buy a boat – new or used – always strive for the highest quality. Don’t be afraid to check out the extensive fleet at Blackfin Boats for your sailing needs.