The 2018 Milwaukee Boat Show is now over with and If you are considering the purchase of a new boat this year, continue reading to learn more about choosing the perfect boat.
What to Consider
When it comes to buying a new boat, you will have a range of choices. With so many different types of boats available, it is easy to become overwhelmed. Some of the options you should consider include:
- Type of boat – The type of boat you should choose depends on your goals. For example, if you are planning to use your boat for fishing, you may opt for a pontoon or a bass boat. On the other hand, if you are planning to use your boat primarily for pleasure, you may opt for a sailboat, pontoon or runabout.
- Size of boat – Boats are available in a wide variety of sizes. The size of boat you should purchase depends on how many people you plan to accommodate on the boat, as well as how comfortable you are with piloting boats of different sizes. You should also consider whether you plan to permanently dock the boat or trailer it.
- Type of motor – Do you want a boat with an inboard motor, an outboard motor or an inboard/outboard motor? You will also need to decide between two-stroke and four-stroke. If you aren’t sure which type of motor is best for you, talk to your dealer to learn more about how each of these motors operate.
- New or used – While new boats often come with a warranty, they also tend to be more expensive than a used boat. However, used boats may require repairs or upgrades, which increases the cost. Used boats also lack a warranty. Before deciding whether you want a new or used boat, you will need to weigh your options carefully.
Choosing a Dealer
After you have decided what type of boat you want to buy, you need to choose a dealer. In order to fine the best dealer, it is important to research your options carefully. Read online reviews to learn about other customers’ experiences, and be sure to research the dealer’s inventory thoroughly. Pay attention to where the dealer is located, as well as the services the dealer provides after you’ve made your purchase.
After you have purchased a boat, you need to make sure your new investment is well protected. Although some new boat owners assume that their purchase will be covered by their homeowners’ insurance policy, this is not typically the case. In fact, the physical damage coverage extended to boats by a standard homeowners’ insurance policy is very limited.
The liability coverage provided by homeowners’ insurance is also limited. For boats over a minimal size or horsepower, certain particular types of boats or jet skis, your homeowner’s insurance will not provide any coverage. For this reason, we recommend that you call us anytime you purchase a watercraft so we can advise you of your coverage and options that best suit your needs.