With travel restrictions at an all time high, Australians are rediscovering their own backyard with many people looking at one of our greatest assets for inspiration- the sea.
Is it time for you to buy your first boat?
With over 900,000 boats registered in Australia plus all the other watercraft not requiring registration, that is a lot of people out there enjoying the water!
Recent studies show that being out on the water has a positive impact on our state of mind. Increasing our connections with family and friends and helping to ease the burden of life in general. Being out on the water, with the sun on your dial, can initiate a state of calm that has been termed “The Blue Mind”.
We know how exciting buying a boat can be for the whole family and that is why we thought we would put together a list of things to consider so you get the most out of your new investment.
It goes without saying research is pretty important and you may already be mid research which is how you landed here. Buying a boat is such a personal decision and you will need to ensure it suits your own personal circumstances and needs. With so many choices out there, there’s a lot to consider!
So, let’s dive in and look at the things you should be asking yourself to narrow down your choices before you start hitting the boat dealers!
- Are you looking for new or second hand?
- How many people will you be carrying on your boat the majority of the time?
- What will you be doing with your boat? Is your boat just you, the water and your fishing rod? Or is your boat for the whole family to enjoy, spending quality time outdoors?
- Where do you want to go boating? Will you be going off shore?
- Will you be staying onboard overnight? Or entertaining friends?
- Is your boat for cruising or will you be wake boarding or tubing?
- Do you need a trailer?
- How much time do you have for maintenance?
- Where will you store your boat?
- Consider your budget and how much you want your initial investment to be.
- Consider what the budget allows for ongoing running costs such as fuel, maintenance, insurance and other costs.
Discover Boating is a great place to start once you have answered the questions above. Check out their page on A Boat For Everyone. With boating in Australia today being so widely popular, Discover Boating have put together information related to boat construction when deciding on Aluminium Boats or Fibreglass Boats.
Once you have answered the questions above and decided on construction, it is time to find your brand and dealer!
- Keep a log of the boats you like by taking notes, photos and compiling a list of features and benefits, ranking your choices.
- Look at warranties including whether they are transferable should you want to sell your boat at a later date and read the fine print! Every warranty is different as are the service terms.
- Test drive your boat! Yes! That’s right! You can test drive your boat. This will help you determine whether it handles the conditions you want to tackle.
Finding a boat may take months of research, but, however long it takes, make sure your boat ticks all of YOUR boxes. The last thing you need is for a boat that only hinders your lifestyle rather than enhance it.
If you are looking for more information around buying a boat, or perhaps getting the most out of your boating investment, then stay tuned as we keep updating you on heaps of industry related news and hints and tips.
At DOCKPRO, we love being out on the water and we want you to get the most out of your boat enjoying everything Australia has to offer!
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