Before you take out your checkbook and sign the papers on your new boat, take some time to step back and go through this checklist first. In all your excitement, you may have overlooked some things that will certainly come into play after you take possession of your boat. There are plenty of boats for sale and boat sellers out there, so slow down and take things slowly and cautiously.
1. Test drive the boat so you are 100% you are comfortable behind the wheel and can handle a boat of that size when you get out on the water.
2. Take a class in boating safety. It is going to be your responsibility to care for every person including yourself if trouble arises miles from shore.
3. Use social media to get input as to the good and the bad of owning that particular boat you are interested in.
4. Understand that there are numerous expenses like storage, insurance, fuel, gear, permits, and maintenance to consider.
5. Speak with the local marina and see if a spot is open and how much it costs to rent each month.
6. Consider what the cost to own a slightly used boat would cost compared to getting one that is brand new.
7. Research the cost involved with buying a boat trailer if you can not get one included in the price of the boat.
8. Make sure you are not buying too big of a boat or you will quickly realize after the fact that you need to go smaller.
9. Make sure to match the type boat with the activities that you have planned when you are out on the water.
10. Take some day trips on friends boats to get acclimated to the boating lifestyle and ensure this is truly what you want.
11. Visit a local boat show and be sure to ask all the booth representatives all the questions you have about boating.
12. Check your local classifieds to see if anyone has a boat or accessories for sale that you could make use of.
13. Go to boating school so you understand about all the rules and regulations involved with driving out on the water.
Now that you have an idea of things to consider before buying your boat, slow down and enjoy the process. If you take each step one at a time, when it comes to get out on the water with family and friends you will be in a position to create some unique memories that will lat everyone a lifetime.
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