There's nothing quite like being out on the open water in your own boat and feeling the breeze blow through your hair. If you don't yet own a boat but are thinking about buying one in the near future, however, the prospect of buying your first boat can be a bit intimidating. After all, it's a rather large purchase to make, so of course you want to end up with the boat that's right for you. By keeping some important factors in mind as you shop, you end make a well informed purchase from your local boat dealer.
DO Choose the Right Boat Type
Start by narrowing down the type of boat that's best for your lifestyle needs. For example, are you primarily looking for a boat on which to enjoy your weekend fishing trips? If so, then a small jon boat may be best for you. On the other hand, if you want to be able to entertain guests and enjoy regular outings on your boat, then a larger cruising boat is probably your best option.
DON'T Overlook a Boating Class
Some first-time buyers will make the mistake of assuming that learning to drive a boat is very similar to driving a car. However, this really isn't the case, and it's highly recommended that first-time boat owners take a boating class that will cover the basics of maneuvering, steering, and maintaining a boat along with basic boater safety topics. In fact, depending on where you live, you may actually be required to present a certificate stating that you passed a boating course in order to buy a boat.
DO Consider Both New and Used
While you may like the allure of buying a brand new boat, it's also worth exploring used options -- especially when buying a boat for the first time. With a used boat, you can save yourself some money and still end up with a reliable boat. If it turns out that you love boating and can keep up with maintaining and storing your boat as needed, then you might consider going for a new boat with your next purchase.
DON'T Forget the Safety Gear
When budgeting your boat purchase, keep in mind that there's some additional gear you may need to buy. This includes a minimum number of life jackets for your passengers, GPS devices, life preservers, and other equipment that will help keep you and others safe.
For more information, contact Captain's Village Marina or a similar location.