So you’ve taken the first step to exploring the great big blue that is our planet’s ocean, or maybe you have just bought one for lazy Saturdays on a local river or waterway. In any case if this is your first time buying a boat then the chances are that you are entering a world of uncertainty and it can all feel like it’s hard to take in. In reality like with many things in life it’s best to take baby steps and pick things up as you go along as trying to remember everything at once is far too challenging even for the most naturally gifted of sailors.
With all of the initial work and expense that comes with buying a boat initially it can be hard to remember everything, what with having the vehicle assessed and surveyed and any works needed carried out on it, outfitting the vessel with all necessary safety, communication and navigational equipment that is required to safely traverse a body of water like the ocean or lake and with the gravity of the implications of forgetting the information that could potentially save your life and keep you out of danger, its vital that you have the basics firmly remembered. Hopefully we can give you a few helpful tips in order to keep you on track, safe and in the water as fast as possible after purchasing your boat, so let’s begin.
Pre-owned or new?
The first thing that you will have to consider when initially purchasing the boat is whether or not you want to go with a new purchase or a pre-owned one. New boats have never been owned or sometimes even used when they are sold, ensuring that all parts are in full working order and that little to no work would be required before putting it in the water and starting your adventure. This is often the recommended course of action for new sailors as it ensures the easiest possible transition into the water as possible. However, the initial purchase price is going to be significantly higher than a pre-owned.
The hassle of buying a pre-owned boat that requires significant work to make it even seaworthy particularly for the novice sea goers, however, if you are fairly experienced and confident about your ability to not only identify different aspects of work but also whether the work necessary will be worth the initial investment or not. Generally speaking when you buy a pre-owned boat, you will be allowed to inspect the vessel and often times you will have to buy it on face value. So we would only recommend buying a second hand boat when you are confident that you can identify exactly how much work will be necessary to get it into ideal water-going conditions and keeping your safe as possible.
Now this can sound like a fairly unimportant factor to consider, but if you are planning on using your boat for business purposes firstly it’s important to have a unique identifying look to your craft to make it easily visible and recognizable to both lifeguard and other mariners on the waters. This is in case worse comes to worse and your vessel becomes in distress and requires assistance, a plain white boat is going to be far less recognizable than a craft emblazoned in a unique pattern and with your company’s logo on it, making locating and helping your vessel far easier in choppy conditions.
There are many different ways that you can change the appearance of your boat either for commercial or just aesthetic purposes, however in this day and age, most people tend to lean towards using a vinyl wrap to quickly and easily change the appearance of their vessel to suit their needs. The process involves applying a layer or vinyl to the boat that can be printed into any kind of design that you want and is able to be designed to match both your company’s logo and coloration. They are also more resistant to wearing and fading over time making them last longer before requiring reapplication.
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