Boat Ownership Essentials
Boat ownership, whether for the first time or seasoned owner, should be a pleasant experience. After all, a boat can take you to places you want to go to by water, anywhere in the world. But there have been stories of boat buyers and boat owners stating that they are not happy with their boat at all. If you are thinking of buying your own boat, new or used, then it would be a great idea to check out the common tips of seasoned owners before you plunge into boating or more importantly, before you make that big investment.
Boat Use and Type
Ask yourself, where and when you will be using your boat. Will you be using it to sail on a river or at sea? Will you be using it all throughout the year by yourself or with your family and friends? Or will you just be using it on some special occasions? What water activities do you plan to do? Will it just be used often for fishing or more for cruising? Knowing these details will help you figure out the boat type and style fit for your needs and wishes. It will be easier for you to gauge if you need a small, medium, or large type of boat while stating the purpose of your boat will help you decide if it will be a worthwhile investment.
Depending on the country you live in, certain insurances, licenses and permits are needed before and during boat ownership. You may also have to attend some safety training sessions. But these also require time and money. So you would need to add these to your list of things to pay for when budgeting to buy a boat. These are essential to boat ownership so you can sail safely and with more confidence in the waters.
Boat Needs, Maintenance, Storage, and Repairs
Certain types of fuel, equipment, tools and accessories need to be purchased for boat safety and maintenance as well. Often the equipment and accessories like life jackets are for the care of the passengers during your travels in the water, especially out at sea. Certain tools are vital for maintaining the boat before any trip. If you are up for the challenge then you can learn how to repair a boat but it would be wiser to get the services of an experienced boat mechanic to regularly check the condition of the water vehicle. And yes, that's another thing to think of when owning a boat - storage. Boats are often not used during winter months so having a place to store your boat is crucial. Placing the boat in your storage area would require a tow vehicle while having it docked in a marina would require monthly or yearly fees.
by: Edward Given