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How Do You Find Your Dream Boat?

Nov 14, 2007
Purchasing a boat can be an expensive investment and should not be taken lightly. Buying a boat is a huge undertaking, finding the right boat that meets your specifications is equally challenging, not only for first time boaters but also for veterans who have had many years of experience in landing the right boat. No matter how straightforward you think your requirements are, anything from a small boat to do the occasional casual fishing in to a highly equipped fancy yacht to sail the ocean, sourcing the ideal boat on your own can be extremely exhausting without getting any guidance from an expert. This is where a boat trader can come in handy in pointing you in the right direction.

Boat Traders

A boat trader does most of the ground work for you in your quest to find your dream boat. You will need to provide as much information as you can to the boat trader to ensure the best match. Important details include the number of people that the boat must be able to have on board, types of facilities such as en-suite bathroom, number of bedrooms, satellite television and navigation systems, child-friendly design to name a few, frequency of boating, purpose of the boat (eg for pleasure, fishing, research etc) and more crucially what your budget is. It is also vital to instruct the boat trader to factor in ongoing maintenance and operations costs of the boat so that you get a more accurate picture of the overall ownership costs.

Boat traders are well acquainted with the details of the different types of boats such as a fishing boat, a power boat, sailboats, a self-powered boat and personal custom made boats. Armed with that knowledge they can show you the pros and cons of the different boats which will allow you to make a better and more informed purchase decision. They can also help you in learning how to finance the boat and draw up a water tight purchase agreement. Remember to include a clause in your purchase contract to ensure a money-back guarantee and a replacement boat in the event the boat fails to live up to its promises. Warranties must be formally agreed upon in written format to protect against breakdowns. If you wish to make modifications to the boat by either replacing existing parts or making new additions to it, make sure the appointed boat trader knows about them. They can also obtain the necessary marine supplies and accessories on your behalf, often with their network of contacts they can even secure discounts for your purchase, making the whole boat purchasing experience that much more enjoyable and hassle free.

Of course ultimately you have the final say on how you would like to source your own boat. You could always research over the internet to decide for yourself which method works best for you, whether you are cold-calling or going on the recommendation of a friend, nevertheless turning to a boar trader to do it for you is particularly useful as their vast experience in boat purchasing and knowledge in boats will ensure that you get the best chance in finding the ideal boat that meets all of your requirements with the minimum of fuss.
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