Buying a boat for the first time can seem overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. Yes, there are new offerings available each year, and of course there are used boats as well. Assessing all of them can take a lot of time and effort. However, in this digital age, it is easier to get information on anything and everything pertaining to boats. The trick is to read the varied information and not be overwhelmed or discouraged. After all, the end result is - boat ownership.
One area to decide upon is outboard versus stern drive. Choosing one or the other depends on how a boat is up kept. Those that are afloat in ocean will do best with outboards that are capable of being lifted out from the sea. Stern drives are perfectly fine for boats kept in storage on land or in fresh water.
Another choice to be made is between close or raw water cooling for inboard power choices.
Again the choice essentially comes down to where the boat is being operated. In sea water, a closed cooling system is essential. The salt in the water can cause corrosion, very quickly. In fresh water, it's not necessary to go with the more expensive closed cooling system.
Outboards are different, as the motors sit vertically so that cooling water simply runs out when the engine comes to a stop - thus, corrosion is far less of a problem.
Asking advice from others, reading online information, and best of all taking a boat out on the water are certainly the top options for deciding on brands. Price is also obviously a factor. If purchasing a used boat, one area to factor in, and it's an important one, is having a boat surveyed before making the purchase, to eliminate the risk of unseen issues or damages.
Coveted Boat Improvements
New manufacturing techniques have made boat ownership more fun and less risky. For example, plywood seat backings, which can easily rot, have been virtually eliminated through the use of a variety of tough plastic backing. Many boat windshields sport better design techniques to reduce corrosion and strengthen the windshields too. Likewise, velcro is common with headliners these days, rather than glue that can stain or disintegrate. The result: it's much easier to prevent headliners from falling down.
Shaft struts are stronger than ever as are engine bed stringers; and over all engine room layouts have improved as well, which means easier service for boats of all sizes. Windows are generally sized smaller, which prevents any deck weakening.
Choosing which kind of boat is best depends naturally on the buyer's needs. Small outboard boats or fiberglass power boats? Mid-size power boats or a sailing craft? Matching lifestyle expectations to the type of boat to be purchased is essential. Reading and research can be the key to getting exactly what a buyer wants - and time taken for the purchasing process is worth it, as it means more pleasure on the water.