Tom’s Tips About Finding Your Boat

By Tom Neale, 2/3/2011

1. Try out as many types as you can.

2. If you plan to cruise, figure a way to try out boats on extended trips. An hour’s cruise with a broker probably isn’t going to tell you what works best for you.

3. You can do this by taking trips with friends and chartering.

4. Make a realistic appraisal of the type of boating you’ll do. Don’t be misled by the far distant tropical isle hype unless you can really do it.

5. Talk to owners of different types of boats. Ask what things they like and don’t like about their boats, and find out if they are doing the same things that you expect to do.

6. Don’t just assume that you can easily trade up or down if your life style changes. It costs a lot of money to do that, and you’re already going to have spent a lot of money. Try to get it right the first time.

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