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June 22, 2020
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Boat Buying Guide: Everything You Need to Know Before You Buy

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Boats can easily turn a dull weekend into an awesome one! Boating can be a safe and fun way to spend time with your family and friends. This buying guide will help you choose the best boat so you can have a great boat buying experience from start to finish. Whether you're just out for a ride or enjoying your favorite water sports, the following will be beneficial to you.

Boating is a very popular sporting and leisure activity in the United States. People travel from different corners of the country cruise some of the best boating destinations in the world. Water is a lot more fun when you have the means to travel through it!

Before you buy your first boat, make sure you know what you're doing. What is your level of experience? If you have never driven one before, you should consider taking a boating safety course -- it could end up saving your life (and many others!).

Becoming familiar with boating is just the first step in the buying process. There are many different kinds to choose from and each of them offer something unique. Boats can be powered manually or by motor. Companies may not offer every model available, so it's best to call ahead or check on their website to see if they have what you're looking for. Here are a few boats that could be available to you:

Manually Powered Boats

Kayaks are built to carry either one or two people. Their small, sleek design can help you paddle your way into the most remote areas better than any other boat. If you're into physical activity, a kayak is definitely something to consider!

Canoes provide a relaxing experience that allows you to paddle or drift along the banks or a lake or river. Perfect for taking in beautiful scenery and having a leisurely trip on the water.

Motor Boats

Pontoon boats are built on a pair of aluminum or steel pontoons. They are usually powered by outboard engines and generally offer plenty of open deck space with generous seating. Onboard amenities can include full galleys and entertainment centers, tables, enclosed head compartments and more. They provide a great party atmosphere as they can accommodate large parties.

Sport boats are recreational, usually used for cruising, touring, towing for recreational watersports such as tubing and basic waterskiing, and casual fishing. Boat styles include runabouts with small cabins or open-bow areas, deck boats and small cruisers. This is one of the most common types of boat rentals.

Comparing different boats isn't always easy, especially if you can't take them out on the water for a test drive. Sometimes it's best to make a list of what you like and then go to a rental agency, rent it, try it out in a real-life situation and see if you still like it. You'll be glad you did this because you don't want to end up with a boat that you don't like!

Plus, you can also ask your friends or other boat owners what models they own or have owned and what they prefer. Do some research online to see what other people are saying about the types of boats available and which models are best for your budget and needs.

Don't buy the first boat you see that fits your budget. Of course you're excited and you want to get out there on the water, but it's best to take your time, shop around, and do your homework. If this is your first boat purchase, bring someone with you, preferably a friend who has bought one before, and they will help you look it over. Helpful resources are available -- use them!

Also, before you buy a new boat you should look it over. Yes, you expect it to be in perfect condition, but it still may have defects or damage from transport. Oh, and make sure it comes with a warranty! You'll be glad you took the time to do this if something ever goes wrong.

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