It isn’t all fun and games when you decide to buy yourself a boat. For a lot of people, this is the epitome of luxury and as such, requires a whole lot of attention to detail. Thankfully, most Australian boat brokers have a pretty large range from which you can choose from. Still, you can’t just dive overboard (figuratively) and choose the first boat that looks like it was from The Wolf of Wall Street. Instead, you need to exercise caution and follow these tips to make sure you buy the best boat ever.
This is obviously the first thing you need to look at when you are going to buy yourself a boat. A lot of people think they can afford the boat of their dreams, only to be spurned away when they see the price tag. Even if you plan to pay the cost off over a few years, it is still going to cost you quite a large amount of money. One thing you need to remember is that watercrafts are usually higher-maintenance than their land based counterparts.
A general rule that would be good to keep in mind is that the boat has a replacement value attached to it, and you should expect to have to pay at least 15% of that value every year. It doesn’t even matter how old the boat is. The way in which you plan on using the boat is a big factor in the costs. If you plan on storing it on a trailer on dry land when not in use, your maintenance costs will actually be lower. If it is constantly in the water, you will also have to pay for cleaning the hull and overhauling the bottom every few years.
Then there is the fuel consumption. Boats aren’t made to be environmentally friendly, meaning that they can incur huge costs in terms of diesel or kerosene consumption, depending on what you use it for and how long. Since boats need to push water out of the way, whereas cars have to push AIR away, there is going to be a lot more fuel used per unit distance than on land.
What are you going to do with it?
After you have decided on a budget for yourself when it comes to buying the boat, you need to ask yourself what you are going to use it for. You have to have a long, hard think about what you want to do on it; whether you want to go fishing, do water sports, go sailing, cruising or whether you are just for relaxing boat rides every now and then.
There is a huge range of different watercraft out there and each is made for a certain type of use. Trying to switch between uses on a whim is generally not a good idea. While collisions are uncommon, you do not want to be stranded in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on a jet ski with a big storm front headed your way. Find out for yourself what you will use the boat for and fit that into your budget for the purchase too.
Where will you go?
This is also a major decision that you will have to make. If you live inland, towards the centre of the country, you will spend more of your time on a lake than the ocean. If you live somewhere like the Gold Coast on the other hand, most of your time will be on the ocean. If this is the case, you will also need to plan out how far you are going to go.
What is the load?
When choosing a boat, you need to first figure out how many people you will typically be taking out for boat rides per ride. This includes passengers and riders and yourself. Depending on the size of the boat, you will have a certain passenger limit you can take on. Going over this limit could result in the craft being destabilized, and you could even find yourself faced with a lawsuit.
The method by which the boat is propelled is also quite important when choosing one. There are many types of engines and engine placements. For example, fishermen typically use an outboard motor on the smaller boats. These are mounted onto the transom and are perfect for pushing the boat forward without any complexities.