Picture this: it’s a warm sunny day. You have a cooler of cold ones, your fishing gear set up and you’re looking forward to getting out on the water and having some quiet time. Or maybe it’s the last day of summer and you want to spend it with the family – frolicking in the cool water under a cloudless sky, then resting awhile, then diving in for some more splashing and fun. The only hitch: you have to rent a boat every time the urge to get out on the water strikes you. So you decide to buy a boat instead.
We think a boat is a great investment, and contrary to popular belief, one that isn’t as expensive as it sounds. Owning your boat gives you the freedom to indulge your love for the water, whenever you want, without having to plan your outings well ahead of time or paying expensive charter costs in addition to fuel and maintenance. But are you truly ready to buy?
Here are some of the questions you must ask yourself before you go ahead and get yourself a new boat?
1. What would you use the boat for?
This is the first and most important question you must ask yourself. Are you going to be using it as an alternate means of transport? Would you be using it to get from your yacht to shore and back? Would you be using it for weekends out on the water, alone or with family? Given the options that available today, understanding what you’re going to use the boat for will help you narrow down on the ideal boat for you.
2. How often would you use the boat?
Buying a boat cannot be an impulsive decision, it has to be thought through completely. You must have some idea of how many days a year would you be using the boat. If you are most likely to use a boat for less than 20 days a year, you might not be ready to take the plunge yet.