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What to Look For When Buying a Fishing Boat?
If you know what you’re looking for, a great way to get a bargain on a fishing boat is to visit a boat sale. You don’t have to, of course – you can go straight to a boat dealer or you can get another second-hand boat via an advert in a boating magazine or on the internet; but whichever option you choose, you will need to keep a few things in mind if you are to get the right boat for you. Buying fishing boats can turn into a hobby all by itself as you sell and buy another time and time again in search of the perfect fishing vessel. If you have a fishing boat to sell, you can often get some good part exchange deals on your next fishing boat.
First, you need to think what type of boat you will need; that will be dictated by where you want to fish and what fish you want to catch. If you are going to fish the ocean or large lakes and fast-moving rivers, you will need to get a fishing boat that is over 19 feet long for added stability, but this will be unwieldy in smaller bodies of water. Look for a speed of twenty to thirty miles per hour; if you’re setting out for deep sea fishing you don’t want to spend all day getting there do you!
You will need to choose between fishing boats made of aluminum or fiberglass. Aluminum is cheaper and more forgiving of bangs and scrapes – which is great if you’ve never tried to maneuver a boat before. The downside is that aluminum doesn’t smooth out any movement so things can get a little rough when the wind gets up. Fiberglass can handle rougher water more comfortably but it s a lot more expensive to buy a fiberglass boat. Between $20,000 and $50,000 is normal, but if you go fishing a lot, you can actually save yourself a lot of money on fishing charters by buying your own boat.
There are a few other things you need to consider when buying a fishing boat. You need to think about whether you will use your fishing boat during the day or at night. Night time fishing will necessitate lights and a boat with a hull would be best for night fishing and ocean fishing.
Make sure that any fishing boat that you choose to buy has a warranty. Of course, all warranties are different so you need to be very careful to read the fine print. You should remember, though, that a fishing boat bought new from a dealer will give you added protection if any part of your boat is found to be defective. You should make sure that your fishing boat is certified by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) as having passed their standard of excellence.
The bottom line is that when you are looking for a new fishing boat, you need to look at the fine print of any agreements as closely as you would scrutinize the boat to ensure that it meets your needs for your fishing, wherever you want to do it and whatever you are hoping to catch.