Prepare for Summer Boating: Tips for First-Time Boat Buyers

It’s said that the two best days of a boater’s life is the day a boat is purchased and the day a boat is sold!  In order to make all those days in-between just as good, you want to ensure that you are buying the right boat.

With so many varieties of boats to buy, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and buy more than you really need. Before shopping, write down what you plan to use the boat for and what are the options you can’t live without?  Will you use it for fishing?  Family weekends out on the lake or on the ocean? 

Set your budget and figure in all costs that go into owning a boat in addition to the loan payment you will be making.  Extra costs to consider when buying a boat:

  • Storage fees during winter months
  • Insurance
  • Maintenance
  • Fuel
  • Docking or Mooring Fees

Practice makes perfect. Learn how to drive and operate the trailer in order successfully back the boat into the water. Before taking family and friends out for the weekend, learn how to operate all the options of the boat and take the boat on a test run.

Safety first – make sure there are safety features in place.  Ensure there is a working fire extinguisher on board. If you have a family with children, ensure that life jackets are on board for each person and that there are both adult and child sizes of the life jackets so that they fit properly.

Once you have found the boat of your dreams, make sure to visit Insurance Shopper VA to discuss insurance options for protecting your boat.