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Finding the perfect used boat

2011-08-09 20:03:35

Finding the  perfect used boat, especially if you are a first time boater, may seem a difficult task.  To help you in your quest for that perfect boat, there are a few things to consider.

Deciding what is important. Choosing the right boat is more than just locating one for sale on one of the many online classified ad sites. Really, its all about knowing what is truly important to you.  You need to decide whether you will be using the boat for your own private use, fishing, or cruising.  You should also consider your family's wishes and feelings, since buying a boat for your own personal needs without consulting your family might lead to disappointing experiences or less time spent on the water.

Typically, boats will fall into five categories, which are fishing boats, power boats, sailboats, personal watercraft, and human powered boats.  To help you find the perfect boat, lets look at some of the features that each one offers.

The designs for fishing boats vary quite a bit, as are the places you can use them.  The boats that are meant for shallow waters of inland lakes and rivers are not the same as for deep seas and great lakes.  There are many different designs, even boats that serve no other purpose besides fishing.
These types of boats normally have stowage and holders for bait, fishing poles, tackle, and even tanks to hold live fish.  Other types of fishing boats feature an open platform where anglers can fight fish all around the boat.

Power boats are the most popular boats sold.  The designs of power boats are as varied as their uses.  Boats with seating in the front are called bow riders, mainly used for towing skiers or rafts.  Most boats can also be used for fishing.  If you want to do both, there are ski and fish combinations

When you first learn to pilot a sailboat, it can be quite a challenge, although very rewarding as well.  A sailboat requires more skill and knowledge to operate than other types, although they are also considered more rewarding once mastered. 

Of all available sailboats, the single masted sloop is the most popular design.  For those who only boat on occasion, catboats, daysailers, and dinghies are small and easily trailered.

When you finally decide on the perfect boat for you, look at what each one offers and how you plan to use it.  The perfect boat for you is out there, Find the one that best matches your needs, and an online classified ad site is the best place to start.


Here are a few examples of different style of boat sales:


In Southwest Ontario:  for the fisherman or small boating enthusiast  for the runabout or weekend cruisers  for someone looking for a quality pre-owned power or sailing yacht  for the heavy duty working vessel


Also, I have come across an outstanding book that deals specifically with buying a new or used boat, with a ton of experience driven information surrounding the entire process of finding a boat and getting the best deal.

It's called Buy A Boat With Confidence and can be found in the side bar to the right of this article.  You might also like to investigate other offers at this marine store called


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