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Boat Buying Tips

Purchasing a new boat is much like buying a new home; the process is similar as well. When considering purchasing a new or used boat you need to consider some things. First take a look at where you will use your boat. The body of water you will be on will have a lot to do with the type of boat you purchase. If you are planning on using your boat on multiple bodies of water you need to make sure your vehicle is capable of towing the boat. You should also take some time to think about the amenities that are a must have as the more the amenities a boat has the more you will be spending. When you're ready to begin shopping make sure you strongly consider the following tips for buying:


Whether you're looking to purchase a $2,000 boat or a $2,000,000 boat, researching your purchase is a must. Not only should you research the particular boat you're interested in but you should also research the dealer/broker you're dealing with. You may want to consider asking the dealer/broker for references as well.

Once you have found a boat that you like, check out the history of the boat through the use of the Boat History Report link located on the right of this page. You may find out that the boat you are looking at may have had problems in the past. It is best NOT to gamble when investing good money into a vessel.

Hire a Surveyor

You wouldn't buy a home without an inspection and you shouldn't purchase a boat without one as well. A professionally trained surveyor can spot problems with a boat that the average person can not. Having a survey done professionally is an additional cost to you but the cost of unexpected repairs after you purchase will cost you drastically more!

Shop Around

The Internet puts thousands of boats at your fingertips. Take the time to look at all the boats that meet your needs then make your decision as to which one is perfect for your situation.


The boat buying process can at times be a long process with the hours of time invested to ensure you're getting the boat of your dreams from a reputable seller. Your hard work and effort will surely pay off by creating memories spending endless hours of fun in the sun.