When you’re looking at boats for sale, it’s important to know what you want. That said, it’s also important to know what you don’t want. Sometimes there are just bad boats out there, and you need to know how to spot them before you make a bad purchase.
Let’s review a few things you’ll want to avoid at all costs when you’re looking to buy a used boat.
First, you’ll want to avoid boats with low hours. While low hours might look great at the outset of your boat purchasing journey, you’ll want to inquire about why the hours are so low. If the boat has been sitting idle for years in someone’s garage or at a dock, then it’s likely there are some major maintenance issues that you’ll need to take care of.
You’ll also want to avoid any boat that has sunk previously. While it’s possible to get a boat that has sunken before back out on the water in the short-term, long-term issues may arise. The biggest issue is making sure that all of the water is properly cleared out of the boat’s inner components. The inner workings of a boat can be intricate and down the line, you may find that a sunken boat has a failing starter or some other electrical shortcoming.