If you are hesitant about buying that new boat you have had your eyes on because you just aren’t sure the boating lifestyle is for you, congratulations, you are doing the right thing. Boatmo – a US based listing sites for Sea-Doo and all types of boats says: “too many people make that impulse buy and then wind up hating everything about boating as they try to sell their boat as quickly as possible”.
The following information will put you in the best position to see if you are ready to become a boat owner or not:
1. Subscribe to a boating magazine, or better yet, go to the local library and read as many boating magazines they have available. This is the easiest way to read all about everything boating without spending a nickel. If there is a years worth of magazines available, you could read more in a week than most learn in a lifetime when they just jump into buying a boat without doing their homework first.
2. Buy a ticket to a local boat show and go with an open mind and a blank notebook. Ask question, ask questions, and keep asking questions. This is your opportunity to pick the brains of people who are in this lifestyle all the way and would welcome your questions and offer you all the assistance you need to find out if this is for you or not.
3. If you have a friend who owns a boat, ask them if you can get with them on the day they are going out from start to finish. If you can hang with them and see all the preparations that go into getting the boat sea worth and then stay late and see what is involved with putting the boat away, then you will have zero surprises when it is your turn.
4. Go to Facebook and join some local boating groups. These folks love talking about the boating lifestyle and will be glad to help guide you on your way. You could sit and just scroll through page after page of questions others have asked over the years and see how their questions were answered by boaters in your community. This is also a great resource for finding a deal on a boat if you are still looking.
Now that you have a better feel for boating, you will be in the best position to find that boat of your dreams and enjoy all those memories you are going to be making on the water.