Choosing the right boat for you

If you’re looking to buy a boat then you may be wondering where to start. Not only is it important to consider what kind of boat you need or want, but you need to make sure you stay on budget and are getting a good, sea-worthy boat.

If you’re feeling a bit lost at sea, check out this handy guide to choosing the right boat for you.

Decide what you are using the boat for

The most obvious and first step, as this will be the deciding factor in what kinds of boat you look at. Most boats fall into one of these categories – fishing, water sports, sailing, cruising or luxury yachting. Once you have decided what you want the boat for, you can start looking at specifics instead of trawling through hundreds of options which aren’t what you want.

Where are you going to use/keep it?

This will determine the size of your boat and what material it will be made of. You will also need to take into consideration how deep you plan on going out, as the boat will need to be of a certain size in order to cope in deep waters. It’s worth doing some research beforehand on what size your boat should be and what material it should be made out of.

Consider costs

A boat can cost a lot of money – that much most people know. However, a lot of people don’t realise just how much it will cost them on either a monthly or annually basis. Have a look at your own personal budget and then take a look at what finance options are available for the kind of boat you want.

Used or new?

This will depend on a number of factors, but most importantly your budget. If you’re on a tight budget then used will probably be your best bet and save you the most money. If you do decide to go used then you need to be aware of a few things.

  • Cracks both above and below the waterline. Most of the time these cracks will be mostly superficial, but if they are longer than 2 inches then this could be a sign of further damage.
  • Other signs of damage such as mould, mildew or flexing. Especially in wooden areas – damp can lead to serious rot and compromise the structural integrity of the boat.
  • Look for mould or mildew underneath any furniture or upholstery. If there is mould underneath things, you will be glad to find it sooner rather than later.
  • Check out the electronic equipment. Check for burnt out bulbs or seized pumps and pedals. This could just be faulty wiring, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
  • Start the engine. You can tell a lot about the boat by the sound the engine makes when it starts. If unsure about the noise it is making, always get an expert to check it out.