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An Abridged Guide to Buying Your First Boat

Last updated 5 years ago

  • Monterey M3-3 400
  • Moose Landing Marina
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Buying a boat is exciting, and in order to be sure you buy the right boat for your use, there are many factors to consider. Keep reading to learn about the ins and outs of boat buying, as well as some tips on selecting a boat that suits your interests.

1. Choose What to Use Your Boat For

Ask yourself who will be using the boat. Will it be just you and your family, or will you be taking guests out on it? This consideration helps you pick the size of your new boat. Also, the types of activities you want to do on your boat have a bearing on your decision. Do you want to fish, water ski, cruise, or take your boat on long excursions? For nights spent aboard and longer trips, trawlers and motor yachts provide sleeping and cooking facilities.

2. Consider Boating Locations

Look at the bodies of water near you. Are there lakes, rivers, or ocean waters? Some boats, like cabin cruisers and motor yachts, handle ocean waters quite well. Others, like trawlers and canoes, are better suited for lakes. High-performance boats can usually handle both quite well. Tell your dealer what your plans are to find the type of boat that meets your needs.

3. Decide Whether to Buy New or Used

New boats direct from the factory should give you trouble-free operation from the first start up and are covered by a warranty. If you’re the kind of person who just wants to get on the water and doesn’t want to be bothered with a possible tune-up, you should buy new. On the other hand, a similar used boat will cost much less. You can find a good used boat at a good price. If you decide to buy used, inquire if the boat has been in any accidents or suffered any damage.

If you’re interested in new and used boat sales, boat rentals, and boat service in Maine, contact Moose Landing Marina. Our factory trained and certified sales professionals will help you pick out the boat of your dreams today. Call us at (207) 693-6264 for more information.


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