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“I think I want a boat, but I have no idea where to start?”

 

If this is you, read on…

If you’re thinking about buying a boat, congratulations! You’re already taken with what we are passionate about: getting out on the water, and getting back to yourself.

We appreciate that it can be daunting to know where to start. We want you to be confident with your choice so that you can get a boat that is right for you, and get the most out of boating. Ultimately, we want you to want to stay in boating.

Below is a summary of the main considerations and decisions to make when choosing a boat. If you have any additional questions, we’re here to help.

1)      Where are you boating?

Is it close to home, on the inland waterways, offshore, or further afield for some extended cruising? All this will dictate the design of boat you need – for facilities and safety.

2)      The Style vs. Purpose dilemma.

The style of your boat becomes important in terms of what lifestyle you want to enjoy from it. There is no one boat which is perfect for everything, but some can come close with a few compromises.

For example, if it’s speed on the south coast that you crave, a beautiful traditional boat won’t fit the bill. Similarly if the idea of not being able to hold a drink without spilling it doesn’t appeal, then a rib going at 35 knots wouldn’t work out.

That’s not to say you can’t have a sports boat on the river, but be aware that they aren’t built for pottering so it may not handle so well in that environment.

Choosing between a sports, traditional, inland, cabin or offshore craft can be tricky, but it’s usually a decision driven by location and use – although sometimes it is just looks.

3)      Day trips or week long holidays?

Whether you will be using the boat for day trips, weekends away or extended cruising all matters in what you decide to buy. If you’re not going to sleep on board, do you really need to go to the expense of a boat with a cabin?

 4)      How big is your party?

Are you looking to escape for solo trips, or have all of your friends on board for a social experience to remember? Consider how many people you’ll regularly be taking out on the boat as that will drive what you need – from a size and safety point of view.

5)      Maintenance, maintenance, maintenance.

An important consideration is annual maintenance costs. Fibreglass, steel and wooden built boats will all have different maintenance needs. A wooden boat is always going to cost more to maintain, but then, they are a labour of love and it’s hard to beat their character.

6)      Don’t get surprised by annual costs.

Your initial purchase price is an obvious budget consideration, but it’s important to know up front the continual costs throughout the year. As well as maintenance, you will incur some, if not all, of the below costs:

  • moorings
  • winter storage
  • water/electricity
  • fuel
  • river license
  • insurance
  • Boat Safety Scheme Certification (every 4 years)

Many of these costs are linked to the size of the boat, so the bigger the boat the higher the costs. This can all seem daunting at first but if you apply the general rule of thumb of doubling the mooring fees to include all costs for the year i.e. insurance, river license, maintenance, winter storage and a moderate amount for fuel. Allowing for these costs when buying a boat means you won’t get caught out with surprises.

7)      Brand New for you vs. Pre-Loved.

There are a number of pros and cons to buying new or used boats. Used boats will give you a better price, but then you may not get exactly what you want. A new boat will also come with a manufacturer’s warranty for added peace of mind.

It all comes down to where you see the value.

And if you do think a Used Boat is right for you, then have a look at our guide to “Buying a Used Boat

 

Know what you want?

Now to find the boat.

Have a peak at our full range of boats available here.

 

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