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 …