Many people enjoy using boats for recreational purposes, such as fishing, family fun, or relaxation. However, before you can appreciate the freedom of the open water, you need a boat! This article will help you select a watercraft that fits your lifestyle.

Answering these questions will help you find that out: do you want a fibreglass or aluminum hull; inboard engine or outboard; what length; is there a type or brand of engine you would prefer, and how powerful, in horsepower, do you need it to be? Do you want a hardtop cover, canvas, or none? One of the best ways to answer these questions is to know what you are going to be doing with it. Will you be on a lake, a river, or ocean? Is it for fishing, hunting, cruising, skiing, or racing?

This is to get a feel for the market. See what is selling and what isn’t in your community.

Simply call to ask them some simple questions. Write the questions and answers down on paper. Here are some simple questions:

  • Ask if they are the original owner, if it has been in salt water, when was it last used, how was it stored in the winter, and if it has had any major or minor problems fixed (new wiring, crack in hull, replaced engine head) or still existing.
  • Find out the year and make of engine and boat hull. If the difference between the two is more than three years, chances are the engine has been replaced.

If you don’t want to do that, you can also hook up a water hose to the engine to check if it works properly.

Neglect in one area, such as the hull or upholstery, may mean neglect in other areas, such as the engine. Depending on what you are looking to spend, and what you are capable of repairing on your own, this may be a good or bad thing. If there seems to be any major inconsistency between what they said on the phone and what you see, walk away.