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Buying A Used Motor Boat

Jan 6, 2008
There are always thousands of motor boats for sale in the UK so it can be difficult finding the right one. The best place to start is deciding what you are looking for in a motor boat. Do you want an ocean going boat? A yacht? A small motorboat? And then within the type of boats there are different makes of such as the Sunseeker, Princess, Beneteau, Riva, Pearl, Sealine etc. It is vitally important you choose the right boat and decide on a specific boat or at least a few to narrow your search and gain knowledge of what you are looking for. There are so many options and you need to research your needs and budget first. Buying a boat can be very expensive and then there's maintaining a boat; this can be even more expensive. Check into berthing costs, fuel costs and other additional costs that will not be figured into the actual purchase price to make sure it is an affordable option.

Next is the fun part, start shopping around. Once you decide on the type of boat you want, start doing some in-depth research on the motorboat - the different options such as different styles and features, length, conditions, age, interior options, cabin sizes, bathrooms, Engine size and make. Get on the internet and check prices or all the boats you are interested in. Look at all sources from magazines to internet sites to get an idea of what motorboats are selling for. Talk to marina managers and harbour masters. They are likely to know if any boats are for sale in their areas and about the prices you will be looking at.

Once you have found a boat you want to purchase, negotiate the purchase like you would a car. Walk away once, check into insurance, and give it a thorough inspection, if need be take a mechanic with you and check out the engine and condition of the parts. When you buy a motorboat, you have to check the hull integrity, condition of the motor, accessories, and dozens of other criteria. Know what you are looking for, especially if you are buying a used boat. Perhaps write a checklist of things you should check out beforehand.

Make sure that when you put in an offer you indicate that it is subject to a Marine Survey and if necessary, a sea trial and make sure you have a valid and recognized contract. The BMF and RYA provide standard contracts which should be used.

Once you have paid for the motorboat you need to register It is not a legal requirement to register your boat if you if kept and used in UK waters. For overseas use it must be registered. It must also be registered if its company owned or subject to a mortgage.

Although there are hundreds of motor boats for sale in the UK and it's easy to buy one, it is very important you protect yourself and do it properly by doing your research.
About the Author
http://www.inwardsmarine.com. For more information on motor boats for sale please visit experienced yacht brokers Inwards Marine at http://www.inwardsmarine.com
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