Before you even shop for a boat, really even before you consider buying a boat you should know what type of use you are buying it for. Is it a fishing boat or a pleasure boat? If it is for fishing, are you using it inshore or will you be going in the ocean? If it is for pleasure, do you want an easy going deck boat or a go fast type of boat?
Once you have these choices narrowed down and you have an idea of what type of boat you want then you want to investigate the quality of the watercraft you are considering. Is the carpet of good quality or is it just like cheap indoor-outdoor plastic stuff? Check out all of the compartments as well, they can be made of metal, plastic, or fiberglass. Make sure that the bilge pump is of sufficient size for your boat and be sure that they have used heavier gauge electric wires for the connections as they hold up better in a harsh marine environment.
When I am considering a new boat of any kind I look at safety and quality overall but I am also concerned with value and performance. Since I like to be on the cutting edge of things I also like to do business with an innovative company that is known in the industry for new ideas and innovations. This way I know I have the latest technology available.
The next thing you need to consider is what type of vehicle you will use to tow the boat and trailer, if you will be towing it. If you are towing a smaller boat most half ton trucks and SUVs will do the job. However, if you are towing a larger boat, like mine you may need a vehicle that can tow up to 10,000 pounds. Do your homework, you also need to be sure that the vehicle you choose can stop the weight efficiently too.
Some general advice for people just starting with boating would be to consider a used boat for your first purchasers. This is especially advisable for those getting into bass fishing due to the fact that you end up banging the boat up on trees and other objects as you are learning to maneuver into the best positions to fish.
If you are fishing in ponds or smaller lakes then an aluminum boat under eighteen feet might be a good choice for you. They are far more durable and less expensive than fiberglass and are less prone to getting cuts and holes in them. I have drug them over oyster bars with no damage. You feel far less pain when you scratch up a used boat than you will if you invest in a new one.
It is very exciting to buy a dreamboat is very. In the beginning it is not the boat that really matters but the fun experiences that come with fishing and other activities that can be enjoyed on the water.
Gregg Hall is an author living on the Emerald Coast of Florida. Now that you know a little more about boats get your boating accessories