With the New Year upon us we hope yours is off to a great start. Maybe they’re rushing things but some people already have their plan of attack in place for the best spring fishing of their lives! At Sportsman’s Choice Marine we don’t think it’s ever too soon to prepare for the season ahead. If you’re upgrading to a new boat this year, come take a look at what we have in stock. But if you’re considering going the route of used fished boats, be careful where you shop.
There are lots of places to find used fishing boats some of them more reputable than others. Many ads posted online misrepresent what they’re selling because the owners don’t have a reputation to protect. That’s why buying from a dealer like Sportsman’s Choice Marine is always a safer bet.
An important consideration to keep in mind is who the manufacturer of the used boat is. Be safe and only buy a boat built by a reputable leading manufacturer and at a dealer with quality boats. We not only stock quality used boats but also have a parts and service department to help with any issues you may have after purchase. That’s not the case when you buy a boat off of Craig’s List.
Find out how a boat was maintained by its last owner. Were there engine problems? Ask about the boats performance, too. Boats spend a lot of time in storage and it’s important that it was stored properly. Was it kept in a properly covered shelter or wrapped and protected from the elements?
Inquire as to the type of use the boat has had. Boats used in fresh water will encounter less corrosion than boats used in salt water. But fresh water boats can command a 10%-15% premium in price. As a buyer it’s important to ask these questions before you decide whether the price being requested is appropriate or not.
You should inquire as to whether the boat has been involved in an accident of any type and if so, what the extent of damage was. Just as with automobiles, boats can undergo structural damage that makes them unsafe. Even if the seller does not report any damage, make sure that you examine the hull yourself. Buying a used fishing or other type boat can save you a large sum of money but be sure to do a thorough inspection and ask questions before handing over the cash.
At Sportsman’s Choice Marine we are a reputable dealer that stands behind the boats, motors and trailers that we sell. We want to be the source of all your boating needs. We carry both new and used boats and motors and know the history behind each of them. Come visit us today!