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27 November 2019

Everything You Need to Know About Used Boats for Sale

If you’ve arrived here because you’re thinking of buying a boat but aren’t
completely sure you know what to look out for, you’ve come to the right
place.

We understand that boating is a complicated business- even experienced
boaters are often seen scratching their heads when it comes to weighing up
their next purchase.

That’s why at NYA, we’ve put together a team of experts to provide you with
everything you need to know about buying a boat.

From explaining technical jargon to making recommendations, we make it our
mission to get you out on the water on board a boat you love.

To get started, let’s take a look at the different types of boats for sale and which
of these will suit you best.

What Type of Used Boat Should I Buy?

When it comes to deciding what kind of boat you want to buy, you need to
think hard about the way that you intend to use it.

If, for example, you’re looking to get the whole family out on the water,
you’ll benefit more from a motorboat with 4 berth accommodation than one
with 2 berth accommodation- if you belong to a larger family, you might even
consider a boat with 6 berth accommodation.

Similarly, if you’ve got a sense of adventure, you’ll want to keep your eye
out for boats that feature a bathing platform. This addition will make
getting out for a swim or a spot of water skiing a whole lot easier.

If you’re a real thrill seeker, a sports cruiser is going to be a better fit
for you than a river cruiser.

If you’re more inclined towards entertaining than being entertained on your
boat, then it’s certainly worth considering a model with a large saloon.
This space will allow you to host guests in style and treat them to
cocktails and meals in a highly comfortable setting.  

Once you’ve decided on the type of boats for sale that you’re interested in,
you’re well on your way towards enjoying life out on the water. However,
there are still other important considerations that need to be addressed in
the buying process. Specifically, you need to work out where you’ll be
keeping the boat. Whilst it’s ideal to have a conveniently placed mooring,
this might not always be possible. If this is the case, you’ll need to shop
for a boat that you can remove from the water when it’s not in use.

Ultimately, by identifying the kind of boat you want to cruise in and the
scope of your choice, you’ll be in a position to take a look online at those
which are currently up for sale. Once you’ve had a browse, you’ll be in a
position to visit a brokerage like ours to begin planning a purchase.

For more information about the practical and legal side of things, be sure
to read our complete guide to boat sales

Should I Buy a New or Used Boat?

The way that modern boats are built ensures that they last for a good many
years. Indeed, materials like aluminium and fiberglass don’t suffer from rot
in the same way that wood does. This means that buying a well-maintained
used boat is a very low risk move.       

What’s more, at NYA we take enormous care when carrying out our surveys and
sea trials to ensure that every boat we offer is presented in an outstanding
condition. Closely examining everything from the engine through to the
interior spaces, our team will only offer to sell a boat if they’re sure
that it promises both high performance and longevity. 

Of course, there are certainly advantages to buying a brand-new boat. Being
the first to step on board a fresh vessel is a feeling unlike any other.

As agents for local boat builder Haines, we’re pleased to be able to offer
this experience to our customers.  

Renowned for their exacting craftsmanship and exciting range of models,
we’re able to assist in customizing a Haines boat that’s built to meet your
unique set of requirements.

So, whether you’re interested in buying a new or used boat, we’ll be happy
to help you at NYA.

What Should I Look for When Buying a Boat?

At risk of sounding flippant, the first and most important thing to look out
for when assessing a boat for sale is its overall condition. This means
examining the hull, the flooring, the electronics, and any other feature
that will affect the performance of the boat. 

Whilst an obvious lack of maintenance is clear to see, the devil is in the
details.

Besides looking out for obvious signs of damage, it’s essential that you
closely examine the quality of the fiberglass, lookout for any signs of
mildew, inspect the quality of the belts and evaluate all the other elements
of the engine. 

Whilst there are plenty of checklists you can find online that will instruct
on what to look out for when buying a used boat, we would always
recommend having an experienced professional like our guys at NYA
take a close look at a boat before you purchase it.

How Do I Actually Buy a Used Boat?

You visit NYA!

Well, that’s the short answer. The long answer is that you’ll need to speak
with a broker who will help to guide you through all of the paperwork and
processes involved in boat ownership.

Like any other significant financial decision, you’ll want to make sure that
your investment is properly insured. To make this as easy as possible, we
work closely with providers that offer boat insurance packages.    

What Do I Do After Buying a Boat?

You enjoy it!

Well, that’s after you’ve completed the necessary training courses and
acquired the relevant licenses for cruising in inland waterways.

At NYA, we’re pleased to offer training courses from a Royal Yachting
Association (RYA) instructor who will ensure that new and experienced
boaters are able to confidently cruise on board their vessel.

Of course, you’ll want to make sure that you keep on top of servicing your
boat to keep it cruising at its best. We’ve also got this aspect of boating
covered at NYA, with a dedicated team on hand to carry out boat repairs and
servicing.

As well as providing ongoing support following your purchase, we also run
our own cruising club. Bringing boat owners together, these cruises promise
that you’ll get the most out of your purchase and form lifelong friendships
amongst the boating community.

Enjoying a selection of the finest cruising grounds, these trips present a
fantastic opportunity for you to experience the various advantages that your
boat possesses.

To get on your way to life on the water, get in touch with a member of our
team today to find out how they can help you make the best decision when it
comes to browsing our collection of boats for sale.