Boats: The sun is about to rise and the weather is crisp. You pack your tackle box, grab your pole and buy some worms. You make your way to the fishing dock dreaming you had the perfect fishing boat so you were landlocked no more. Now that dream can become reality with these 4 easy tips for finding and purchasing the perfect fishing boat! Have a clear understanding of the purpose of the fishing boat.
Obviously the boat is going to be used for fishing, but is it going to be used on oceans or in lakes? For day time trips or overnight stays? If you plan to stay in your boat overnight, be sure to choose a boat with a hull which will allow you to ride the waves much better than a boat without one.
Make sure to have a clear understanding of your budget. Boats are very expensive items. You should be well acquainted with your finances before you take on the extra burden of a boat purchase. Boats with hulls for overnight stays and rough waters are obviously more expensive than small boats for small lakes.
Know your limitations. Read and understand the warranties fully before making a purchase. A warranty can be your best friend. Make sure the dealer you buy the boat from offers you the proper coverage in case there is any defect or problem with your boat.
You don’t want to end up having to pay huge amounts to fix your boat because you forgot to check out the warranties! Make sure the boat has proper certification. The NMMA, or the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association is an organization that tests boats that are manufactured by different companies.
They only certify those boats that pass their rigorous testing. Any boat certified by the NMMA is one that you would feel safe owning. Also, just like cars, boats must be registered.
Be prepared to register your boat just like your vehicle (i.e. paying money). On top of that expense, you must now stock your boat with life jackets, brand new fishing gear, food and a cooler so you can get fishing!