Right Boat For Your Needs


Standing in a dealer's showroom or strolling the aisles at a boat show, with fully-loaded display boats at every turn, can be overwhelming if you are not prepared.

Here are several factors to consider when making a decision:

1. Purpose

Before you buy, make sure that the boat you're considering will serve your purposes. Where will you be boating? Some boats are designed for ocean use, while others are more suitable for a quiet lake.

2. Boating Interests

What are your family's interests? Do you want to water-ski, to fish, or simply go cruising?

3. Size

Will you be happy with a large boat kept in one homeport? Or, do you want the freedom to explore different boating areas with a small trailerable boat?

4. Storage

Where will your boat be stored? Will you be allowed to park your trailered boat at home?

5. Experience

Does your previous boating experience match the skills needed to operate the boat you want to buy?

Be Patient

Don't rush the buying process, especially if you're a novice boater. Boating entails much more than simply turning on the key and pulling away from the dock. It's a different environment and the more time and effort you put into the proper selection of a boat, the more you will get out of it.