Three Factors To Consider When Shopping For A Used Boat

Posted on: 9 November 2015

Whether you're an avid fisher, water sports enthusiast or a cottage owner who simply enjoys cruising around the lake as the sun sets, buying a boat is something that often sits atop your wishlist. If buying a shiny new boat doesn't suit your budget, many boat dealers offer an impressive selection of new products that can be a steal. While reputable dealers put their used boats through an intensive inspection to ensure that each boat will meet the demands of its new owners, there are a number of factors to keep in mind when you're shopping in the used market. Here are three things to keep in mind.

Check For Chair Looseness

When you test out the seats of each used boat you're considering, your primary focus is comfort. It's important, however, to give each seat a slight wiggle to see if its support post moves around the base. You want to see rigidity in this area; if the support post has some degree of play, you're getting a sign that the floor of the boat may have suffered water damage in the past. While the carpet will hide any signs of damage, movement in the chair support posts is an indicator of rot in the wooden floor below the carpet, and a cause for concern.

Watch Out For Corrosion

As you inspect the boat, look at any metal hardware, such as the screws around the gauges on the dashboard, for signs of corrosion. A slight degree of corrosion can be a common sign of aging, but if you see a concerning amount of corrosion, it's an indicator that the boat hasn't necessarily been well cared for by its previous owner. Corroded hardware can lead to future problems; you'll often be able to tell the degree of corrosion, beyond the visual element, by gently touching any corroded areas. If they're loose, they'll likely need to be replaced before long.

Make Sure The Canvas Cover Works

Used boats often have their canvas covers removed to allow access for customers, but don't forget to check this integral item. While the cover might have some partial sun bleaching, you should be concerned if the domes or zippers are missing or broken. Don't be afraid to put the cover in place to ensure it's functional; though a minor detail compared to the rest of the boat, a cover that doesn't fit can be expensive to replace. 

For more information, contact companies like Captain's Village Marina.