Buying A Preowned Boat? Things To Look At

If you've decided that the time is right to invest in a boat for your family, you may be hoping to find a cost-effective option that will allow you to get the boat you want without breaking your budget. To do this, a preowned boat may be your best option. Here's a look at a few things that you need to consider when you're looking at a preowned boat to purchase.

Consider The Physical Condition

The physical condition of a boat can tell you a lot about how the boat has been cared for both generally and mechanically. After all, if the prior owner didn't do much to care for the cosmetics, they likely didn't do much preventative care mechanically. 

Examine the condition of the boat itself. Look for corrosion, discoloration, moss growth, cracks, and any other visible damage. While some wear and tear is expected, like faded paint, actual damage indicates neglect of the boat and means it's not likely the best investment.

Opt for a boat that, while showing some wear and tear, has been generally cared for. There should be no corrosion, no moss, and no physical damage to the boat's structure.

Check Out The Mechanical Operation

You also need to evaluate the mechanics of the boat. You don't want to invest in a boat that hasn't been maintained mechanically because that can leave you stranded out on the water. Start by checking the oil dipstick. Make sure that the engine has enough oil, and check the condition of that oil for any signs of discoloration that may show overused, burnt, or dirty oil. Ideally, the engine oil should be full and clean.

Then, check the fuel and make sure that it is clean and in good condition. Once you have confirmed that, start the motor and listen to it run. It should be consistent and free of any unusual noises. If you hear any knocking or squealing, that's a cause for concern.

Inspect The Service History

The other thing you should do is investigate the service history of the boat. Make sure that there are maintenance records that show ongoing care and upkeep. Talk with the current owner or dealer about where the work has been done so that you can confirm the services.

These are some of the most important things to consider about buying a preowned boat. Check with a dealer near you for preowned options.