Boater Be­ware

DUE DILI­GENCE MAKES BUYING YOUR NEXT RIDE A BET­TER EX­PE­RI­ENCE.

Power & Motor Yacht - - SPORTFISHING -

But while the boat-buying process can un­doubt­edly bring joy and ex­cite­ment, it can also be frus­trat­ing if you pur­chase the wrong boat. So, how do you de­cide? Start by ask­ing your­self some hard ques­tions about how you will re­al­is­ti­cally use the boat.

Do you fish with your own pro­fes­sional crew, or do you run the boat your­self ? Will you un­der­take ex­ten­sive trav­el­ing on the boat and there­fore need mul­ti­ple state­rooms with lots of bunks for crew and guests, or will you fish close to home with fewer peo­ple aboard? These ques­tions re­late not only to the size of the boat you’ll need, but also the lay­out.

If you do travel with a large crew, you will al­most cer­tainly need a con­vert­ible that can ac­com­mo­date all of your per­son­nel. If it’s just you and your spouse with a guest or two, per­haps an ex­press boat makes more sense. Ex­press de­signs make it much eas­ier to fish short­handed, as the cap­tain sits only a few steps from the cock­pit and can as­sist with those chores.

You also must de­cide whether to buy new or used. Noth­ing beats a new boat, es­pe­cially if you can af­ford to go cus­tom and cre­ate the ex­act boat you’ve al­ways wanted. But if you opt for a new pro­duc­tion sport­fish­er­man, you can usu­ally take de­liv­ery much sooner than you would if you or­dered a cus­tom boat yet to be built.

Of course, you can also choose a pre­vi­ously owned ves­sel and of­ten get a lot more boat for the money, but buying used boats re­quires care­ful ex­am­i­na­tion of the par­tic­u­lar ves­sel, for ob­vi­ous rea­sons. Thor­ough sur­veys of the hull, me­chan­i­cal and elec­tri­cal sys­tems, and the en­gines are a must, so you know pre­cisely what you’re buying. A bar­gain isn’t al­ways a bar­gain in the end.

No mat­ter what boat you’re con­sid­er­ing, en­list the aid of a knowl­edge­able bro­ker, who can help sim­plify the buying process.

“When you are at­tend­ing a boat show and look­ing for a sport­fish boat, the first pri­or­ity should be to find a bro­ker/ sales­per­son that ac­tu­ally knows what they are talk­ing about,” says Tim Der­rico, direc­tor of sales for HMY Yacht Sales in Palm Beach Gar­dens, Florida.

“Has the sales­per­son ever fished much?” Der­rico adds. “What is his or her gen­eral knowl­edge of fish­ing boats?

The sights and sounds of a show can over­whelm the senses.

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