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Food for thought…finding the Best Boat

Even if you have had years of boating experience, finding the best boat can still be a tiring task. Whether you are looking for fishing boats or yachts for sale, there are still some basic things you need to look out for.

Among the several kinds of boats for sale, you have to choose one that fits your needs the best.  Figure out what is the most important aspect of boating for you:

  • Will you use it as a fishing boat or a cruising boat?
  • Do I have space to house a boat? If not, where will it be stored?
  • How many people should your boat be able to carry?
  • How often will you be boating?
  • What performance are you looking for?
  • What enjoyment  are you wanting out of your boat?
  • What aspects are important to you? Easy to tow? Fuel Efficient? No fuss enjoyment?
  • What is my budget?
  • Should I look at a payment scheme?
  • Do I have finance for a new boat? Should I look at a previously owned boat?

These are examples of questions you may ask yourself when looking out for the perfect boat.  Keep in mind the added maintenance and operation costs that the boat may have. E.g. Annual SAMSA membership, buoyancy certificate, skipper’s license, Wild Card renewal.

In South Africa we are really spoiled for choice imported versus locally made boats as well as a variety of designs, colours and ranges:  fishing boats, power boats, jet skis, sailboats, personal boats, and self powered boats. Visit your local boat trader to acquaint yourself with the types of boats available.

Fishing boats have several variations, mostly because they are used in different types of water: freshwater and saltwater.  Each water type has different safety requirements, rules and expectations that need to be met, do some research and find out what you need to adhere to. With regards to the types of fishing boat you want, consider which water type you be spending all if not most of your time in? Some are designed for shallow freshwater fishing while others for deep ocean fishing.  What AMP’s will you need? T-top? Rod & reels holders? Sneaker motor? Fully Enclosed canopy? Cowl Cover? Fish Finder? Your basic all-purpose fishing boat can be made of fiberglass, wood, or aluminium suited for catching certain species of fish like bass.

The power boat category  also has varied choices for you: run-about (skiing boat), jet boats, semi-rigid (rubber duck),  or even inflatable dinghies that are easily transportable.  These are a few styles: bow rider, inboard  / outboard ,swim platform, wakeboard, closed nose, centre console or conventional . Put some extras on and personalise you craft with AMP’s: Ski pole / Mini wing or Monster tower? Canopy – flying or sport style? Sound system? Night lights?If you are looking to rather cruise around the water and enjoy a little more luxury and less tempo but plenty of power under the bow you could look across at the cruise liners, cabin boats and motor yachts. Here you can indulge in the  smorgasbord of trims, finishes and accessories tailored to your to your desire.

So now lets talk about the power! Depending on the boat you have a choice in this regard: Mercury / Mariner, Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki and Evinrude.  The dealer you visit will be an accredit supplier of one or more of these brands. Test them out if your not sure, ask around and get advice. Remember depending on your boating application you might need to look at a different propeller and well as the type.

Whether you buy a fishing boat, sailboat, or power boat, the financing and purchase agreements you go through will be very similar for all kinds of boats for sale. Make sure that your purchasing contract allows you to get your money back or replace the boat if it is not performing as promised. Get all warranties in writing in order to make the most out of your boat purchase.  Always ensure you protected and read the fine print!

Visit your marine supplies store or local boat dealer to view what’s on offer, find out about boat show days, boat tests, accessories and any other boating information you may require. Look to finding a dealer Be sure to find a marine supplier with gracious and informed staff so that your trip will not be a waste. Ask your boating friends for recommendations.

Happy looking!

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