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Tips For a First Time Boat Buyer

If you live on or near the water you’ve probably considered buying a boat. But, while the idea of spending hours out on the water sounds lovely, the boat-buying process can be a bit of a drag.

Here’s what to look for if you’re in the market for your first recreational boat:

Determine Your Budget 

First thing’s first, determine how much you’re willing to spend on your boat. Make sure to do this before looking at boats, as it can be tempting to want to shift your budget once you see what’s available. Settle on a number that is reasonable and stick to it.

Choose the Right Boat 

What kind of boat are you looking for? Do you want a fishing boat, a pontoon boat, or something a little different? Make a list of the features you’d like in a boat, as well as the activities you’re planning to do with it. This will help to narrow your search and keep you focused. 

Find a Dealer and Test Drive

After determining your budget and what kind of boat you may want, head to a boat dealership to test out different options. Do not buy a boat sight unseen, this could lead to a bad investment. 

Don’t Rush the Process

Some people are able to find a boat in a day, but for others, it may take years. Don’t buy a boat just because you want it, make sure it’s a smart purchase. It’s OK to take your time!