It’s the dream of most fishermen to someday own their own boat. If you’re thinking about taking the big step and buying a fishing boat, there are many factors to consider.
Ask yourself what kind of fishing you will be doing. There’s a vast difference between fishing for crappie in a man-made lake in Kansas and trolling for lunker salmon in Lake Michigan. It’s important to have a boat that’s safe for the type water you’ll be fishing.
If you’re not an experienced fisherman, check the advertisements in fishing magazines and go online to study the type boat you might want. Bass boats have become popular during the last two decades and they are described in detail. And don’t hesitate to ask fellow fishermen for advice before you become a boat owner.
Buying a boat that is spacious enough to allow you to stand up while you fish is a feature to be treasured, especially if you’ve ever had any back trouble. Sitting in a small boat for a long time without standing and stretching is torturous for anyone with a bad back.
Where are you going to keep your boat? If you plan to keep it at home, size is going to be an important feature; having a large garage where you can store a boat is a big advantage. When you keep your boat at home, you’ll need a trailer and a trailer hitch on your car or truck. Owning a boat is expensive.
It’s important to buy your boat where fairly priced and capable service is available; if you decide on a new boat, it will be a wise decision to buy it from a dealer—who you know and trust—in your hometown.
In today’s fishing world, it’s vital to have a boat that is equipped to handle an electric trolling motor and depth finder. See how fast the expenses are mounting up?
The best advice for prospective boat buyers is to take your time; there might be some real bargains in your area featuring well-conditioned used boats. Be cautious and explore all the possibilities. And compare prices for used and new boats in the size that you decide to buy.
There’s an old saying among boat owners: “The two happiest days of your life are the day you buy a boat and the day you sell it.” Careful planning will make the day you buy your boat the happiest.