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What you should know before you hire or buy a boat?

Posted by on July 10, 2013 0 Comments Category : Fishing Blog

 Tips of getting the best for the best price.

There’s an old adage about there being two good boating days when you own a boat, the day you buy it and the day that you sell it. If you’re in the market for a boat, don’t let that be you. If you buy the right boat at the right price and get lots of use out of it, it could be one of the best purchases you ever make. So, do it right and reap the rewards. But how do you do it right? How do you avoid all of the many pitfalls? Here are some tips that can help you out.

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  1. Set a budget and stick to it. This might be the hardest thing about buying a boat. Of course, in order to set you budget, you will have to do a bit of research. But setting it should more based on your financial capabilities than on what’s available on the market. When negotiating with a sales person the price of a boat, always try and sneak in just under your budget. Yes, this is a very old rule of negotiating and haggling, but it’s a golden one. To be able to get value for what you’re paying for is the real point of the exercise, even in a luxury item like a fishing boat.
  2. Browse the ranges of some reputable boat dealers. That way if there are different prices on the same items you will know. Don’t be shy about asking dealers to match prices you find elsewhere.
  3. If you buy a second hand boat, have it checked over by someone you trust first. If you buy a fixer-upperer, add an extra five thousand dollars to you budget for repairs, and understand that repairs will come before use of the boat. Here is a picture of a fishing boat under construction:
  4. Buy the boat that you think you will use. That is the only way to make sure that you’re really getting value for money. If it’s a boat for a specific type of fishing that you’re after, don’t settle for anything less, just because it’s convenient.
  5. Go to the place where you want to fish and look at the boats that are being used there. Looking at those will give you an idea of what’s best to use in the area. It might differ a lot for river and sea fishing.
  6. Don’t go in for a finance deal unless you’re sure that you can afford to keep up your end. Finance might be the cheapest and best value for you to buy your boat, but it also has the potential to turn into an expensive mess if you do it wrong.
  7. Remember why you’re buying a boat. It’s for your enjoyment and your leisure, and so if you’re loving it and enjoying it, you’re doing it wrong.

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