In the United States, we love our boats. In fact, according to the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association (NMMA), retail unit sales of new boats reached nearly 320,000 units in 2020 — a 13% increase over 2019.
Whether you are thinking about a new boat to enjoy on your local lakes, cruising down rivers, or talking to the ocean, there are some important factors you will need to consider when you are shopping around.
What is the boat for?
When you purchase a boat, you’ll need to be clear on why you are buying it. For example, is there a particular activity you are purchasing the watercraft for, such as fishing, skiing, long cruises, etc? From there, you’ll need to know if you are buying the boat to be on a specific type of water.
Are you prepared for the costs?
When you are purchasing a boat, there are many factors that will determine the cost of the craft itself. But, there are other costs you will need to consider above and beyond the cost of the boat itself. Some of these costs include what it will take to store the boat and maintain it. The smaller and less expensive the boat the less expensive these additional costs will be.
Do you know what you’re getting?
When you buy a boat it’s important to read all the fine print so that you know what you are getting. For example, when you are shopping around the price mostly comes with a base-level boat. All of the bells and whistles and special features — including emergency equipment and entertainment systems — that you often see in the showroom will cost more.
Do you know who you’re purchasing from?
When you set out to buy a boat, it’s important to know that you’re buying it from a reputable seller, such as Bay Marine. That means you need to do your research and that you should shop around. Buying a boat is not a small decision. But if you know what you are looking for — and what questions to ask — you’ll be prepared to get the most for your money.