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Owning a boat is a big responsibility that can be a lot of work. Ownership also opens endless possibilities for enjoying the outdoors in a whole new way and creating precious memories with your family. Before owning a boat there are a few things to consider including buying tips, all associated costs, and required maintenance.

Tips for Buying

When shopping for a boat it is important to know the type of boat you want and exactly how much you are willing to spend on it. Without setting these expectations you might end up with something you are not satisfied with. Buying new is typically more expensive but often comes with warranties. Buying used will give you more boat for your money but the boat can sometimes come with its own personality. According toPorta-Bote, it is also important to find a boat that is NMMA certified to comply with industry safety and construction standards as well as federal regulations. These are just a few of the things to consider before you go shopping.

Understand All the Costs

Owning a boat take requires more than just purchasing it. Buying a boat is a commitment to pay for the costs associated with storing, maintaining, and operating it. Most of your costs will vary depending on the size and quality of boat you purchase. It is also a good idea to invest in boat insurance. According toInsurance Center Associates, only Utah and Arkansas require boat insurance, but it’s still a good idea to have it. Boat insurance will protect you and your boat from potentially costly repairs down the road.  

Required Maintenance

Just like a car a boat requires maintenance. Maintenance costs can be expensive when done by a professional. Annual chores done by professionals typically include changing the engine oil, lubricating fittings, and painting the hull bottom.

Apart from annual maintenance, there are some maintenance tasks that you will need to do on your own before and after you take it on the water. According toDiscover Boating, the primary rule of thumb is to keep things clean and, where appropriate, well-lubricated. This will help protect your boat from avoidable damage.

Owning a boat can be a lot of fun for you and your family. Boat ownership is also an investment that can be pricy depending on the level of care you put into it. Protect your investment early on by understanding the buying process, all associated costs, and required maintenance.

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