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used-boatsThere’s no hiding from the truth: boats are expensive. That’s why it makes perfect sense for some people to purchase a used boat. If they’re in the right condition, used boats can provide the same enjoyable experience at a much lower cost.

In this post, we’ll cover what you need to know to make sure you’re getting a good deal on your used boat.

Check for Signs of Damage

Most people will be honest and disclose any damage to their boat. However, you should always do your own inspection to check for overlooked issues. Specifically, inspect the floor, hull, and transom for mold, cracking or flexing. Cracks larger than 2 inches around the waterline may signal previous issues due to accidents or collisions. Also, don’t be afraid to ask the owner for maintenance records.

Check for Mold and Mildew

Surface mold and mildew, such as on seat covers, can be easily replaced. However, mold in the right areas can point to more significant issues. Mold in carpets, for example, can signal mold damage in the wooden floors. Another side note – asking the seller “Why are you selling this boat?” may shed more light on potential damage and how the boat has been cared for.

See How the Boat Runs

It’s important that you give the boat a test run and inspect its major parts. Does the engine make any unusual noises when turned on? How does the engine oil feel (gritty oil may be metal and indicative of engine wear)? Make a note of anything that appears unusual and bring it up to the seller and whoever inspects the boat before purchase. Which brings us to our final point…

Have the Boat Inspected by a Third Party

Just as with used cars, you should have used boats taken to a third-party expert for inspection. They may find issues you (or the seller) may not have found otherwise. On the plus side, they may also confirm that you’re getting a great deal!



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