There are all kinds of boat sales listed each and every day. Before you decide to buy you need to have a few firm ideas in place so you can more quickly focus on the kind of boat you're looking for and not get lost in the middle of all the options that are available.
If you've ever looked through a listing for boat sales in the local paper you probably discovered that it's like reading a new language altogether. There's just so much to learn about boats. But, do you really need to learn all these things before you buy the boat?
These are some of the basics you'll want to decide on before you lock yourself into a deal to buy a boat that might not be the perfect match for you and your family.
What Kind of Boat do You Want?
There are generally two kinds of boats. There are variations within these vessels but generally it comes down to these two types. They are those that are wind-powered and those that are powered by a motor though most sailboats these days though do have a backup small inboard or outboard motors for those times when the wind is being uncooperative.
There are also generally two kinds of sailors in the world. There are those who love the peace and tranquility of wind-driven vessel and those that feel a deep and abiding need for speed.
Once you figure out what kind of sailor you are, you'll know what kind of boat is the only kind of boat that will work for you. But it's something you should spend a lot of time thinking about before you buy a boat you're going to be unhappy with for the sake of owning a boat.
Or, are you the type of person who needs something sleek, shiny, and new? If money is an object for you, and who doesn't have that weakness these days, it might be worth your while to check out used boat sales in your area. You'll often find quite a few gems that are being sold for considerably less than you'd pay new. Many of them will have very little time logged in the water as well.
If you are willing to buy an older model you can pick up a bargain especially in the private sales market. Just remember to have a trustworthy marine mechanic look the boat over or use a marine surveyor before you buy so that you're aware of any flaws or potential problems ahead of time. When buying privately your Jade Boat Loans consultant will look after your interests in ensuring all necessary checks are done before settlement. Like make sure there are no secured loans against the boat currently and making sure it is not stolen or sold without the owner’s consent. More on Private Boat Loans.
How Much Can You Afford?
Not all boat sales are created equal and some are quite expensive. The prices of boats increase quite a bit as the length of the boats increase. For this reason it's a good idea to set a price limit going into the process of buying and agreeing not to even look at boats that are outside your price range.
Get Your Boat Finance Organised
If you are looking to finance then get Jade Boat Loans to arrange an easy pre approval or at the very least get a quick quote for information on rates and terms available. Start here Finance Quote Request and request a Jade consultant contact you - Remember we also have a free boat finance calculator that you can use at your leisure.
What About Storage?
Some boats are small enough to be placed on trailers and taken out of the water at regular intervals. Other boats need to be docked in a marina or taken out of the water and stored in dry docks as they are really too large to easily transport. You have to have a place to put your boat in or out of the water.
Some people are fortunate enough to have waterfront property that allows them to store their boats in protected waters around their homes. Others are not so fortunate and must pay berthing fees for a place to keep their boats safe and sound or use a boat storage facility. Check online for your options.
The bottom line is that you must have a place to store your boat when it's not in use and that needs to be included in your calculations when deciding on a price to pay for your boat sales needs.
It doesn't really matter what kind of boat you buy. It's not at all important where your first love on the water lies. What really matters is that when you check out boat sales to see what's available that you let your heart guide at least part of your decision so that you can get a boat that you're going to be happy using into the future.