Thu 30 March 2017
There are a lot of boxes in life that people like to tick off. If you can box up your life prettily into categories there is rather a sense of achievement. You have the usual ones: marriage, children, home, car, job etc. But there are also the more luxurious boxes to tick such as buying a boat or going on a cruise.
After buying a house and car buying a boat is likely to be the single biggest purchase you are likely to make. To avoid any very expensive mistakes, make sure you are very well prepared and ask questions that can help you to get the best deal possible on boats to buy in Southampton. If you are a first time boat buyer, ask yourself what you are really going to be using the boat for. It’s so easy to get tangled in the excitement of buying a boat and exuding wealth to your friends and family it can be forgotten why you wanted one in the first place.
Even for those who have previously owned a boat it’s possible to lose sight of what you are going to be using the boat for. Ask yourself whether you will be a weekend sailor who just wants to learn something and take some time to consider how you will be using your boat. Is this boat just going to be for you or is it going to be used by all the family? It does seem like such an obvious question to ask yourself and you’d be surprised how many people go into the boat buying process without a clear understanding of how they will spend their time on their new purchase. Ask yourself if you can really afford not to use a marine surveyor. We can even answer this one for you. No.
Unless you are making a really small purchase or buying a project boat then quite simply, the answer is a no. Spending the money using the services of a qualified surveyor at the very least gives you great peace of mind and in the most extreme case can actually end up saving your life. Well, your life savings at the very least! The inspection of any boat you want to buy should happen and should be detailed before you set foot on it in the water. You wouldn’t drive a car without checking the service and user history first and this is similar to that. Hopefully you have employed a great surveyor but if you have there’s no harm in asking the question of why the boat is being sold in the first place. It can reveal a lot about the boat you hope to buy and if the seller is evasive about their why, or are practised in their answers, be wary about this. It’s useful to know the position the seller is in. if they have to sell before they buy a new boat then that piece of information can be so helpful in negotiating a better deal.
Asking the seller how the boat has previously been used can also be very revealing and it can also open the conversation as to how the boat has been stored, whether it has been involved in any accidents and whether it has spent much time in the water. The owner of your new boat should be happy to answer any of your questions and help you understand whether you are getting a good deal on your boat.