Boats are used for recreational purposes such as relaxation, family fun, and fishing. Although, boats are fun to have, they tend to be very expensive and unaffordable for many people.
The good side is that there are used vessels that usually sell at lower prices. If you are considering buying these vessels, here are the steps that you should follow:
The first thing that you should do is to decide the type of boat that you want to buy. There are many types of vessels such as fiberglass, aluminum hull, inboard or outboard engine vessels.
You also need to decide on the length and power of the vessel that you want. You should also know whether you want to use the boat in the river, ocean or lake-this is because different vessels are designed for different water environments.
You also need to decide whether you want to use the boat for fishing, hunting, skiing, racing, or cruising.
Once you know what you want, you should spend at least a week looking for the vessel that you want. You should compare the different prices and features of the boats that you come across. One of the best places to do your research is online. You can also ask your friends to refer you to sellers that they know of.
Once you have identified a seller selling a boat at a reasonable price, you should call him/her. When calling, you should not say that you want to buy the vessel.
You should simply call and ask a number of questions. You should be interested in knowing the year and make of the boat hull and engine. If the difference between the two is more than three years, you may be required to replace the engine when you buy the vessel.
You should also ask whether the seller is the original owner, when the vessel was last used, if it has been used in salt water, and if it has any major problems. You should also ask the seller why the vessel is being sold.
If you are talking to owner, you should pay close attention to the tone. If he/she sounds nervous, annoyed, or in hurry, he/she might be hiding something.
If you are satisfied with the way the seller answers your questions, and you are interested in buying the boat, you should make an appointment to see the vessel.
You should let the seller know that you want to take the vessel out of the water. If the seller says that he/she is busy to give you an appointment, you should just walk away; you should not waste your time.
If the seller agrees to show you the boat, you should be on the lookout for any fixed hull cracks and any signs of neglect.
You should also see if there are any parts that look newer than others. If there are any signs of neglect such as in the hull or upholstery, it means that there might be neglect in other areas of the vessel such as engine.
If you are satisfied with the vessel, you should agree on a price and pay the money. You can pay in cash or use cheque.