Top Considerations When Thinking About a Boat Purchase

By Hope Bentley   •   Hanckel Marine

A boat purchase is a big decision, and you want to be sure you make the best choice.  Here are some important factors to consider…

Boating style:  This plays a significant role in determining what type of boat is the best fit for you. Typically, boats fall into three different activity categories: cruising, fishing, and watersports. While some boats can serve multiple purposes, it is always best to consider which primary boating activity you will be enjoying.

Boat length/size:  Choosing the best boat length can be determined by deciding which activities you want to do on the boat, where you will most likely be using the boat, and how many people you will have on the boat at one time. In addition, you should think about whether you will trailer the boat regularly or whether it will be in a slip or storage when not in use.

Your budget:  You should have a budget in mind before you start shopping around. While owning a boat offer endless opportunities for adventure, priceless memories, and the thrill of life on the water, boat ownership does have its costs. Up-front costs, seasonal maintenance and upkeep, and unknown future costs as your boat incurs the usual wear and tear over time. There is a lot to consider when establishing a budget. However, planning ahead and knowing what you’re investing in upfront will help you set realistic expectations. It will make for a more transparent experience.

Boat dealer and service:  Deciding on your boat dealer is likely the most critical step in the boat buying process. You will certainly want to find a trustworthy dealer focused on what you want instead of merely trying to make the sale. Be sure the dealer takes your boat buying process seriously and they are passionate about helping you find the right boat for your needs. Price transparency, an excellent reputation, and an extensive line of boat brands and models to choose from…these are all important things to look for in a boat dealer. In addition, be sure your dealer has a great service and parts department. Your boat will need regular maintenance and occasional repairs over its lifespan to keep it running at peak performance. Be sure the dealer has an experienced service department with trained technicians that will take great care of your boat.

During your boat search, keep these factors top of mind…and then get ready to experience the boating lifestyle, knowing you made the right choice.

Hope Bentley is the Marketing Director of Hanckel Marine

This article was featured in the April 2021 issue of Carolina Bay Neighbors magazine.


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