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What You Need to Know Before Owning a Boat



Owning a boat is a responsibility like owning any other motorized vehicle. With the responsibility also comes fun outdoor recreation. Before you own a boat, you should know why you want a boat, that it has ongoing costs, and how to transport and operate it.


Why You Want a Boat

Before you own a boat, you need to ask yourself why you want a boat. Owning a boat sounds great, but you need to make sure you will use it. The reason you want a boat will also determine the kind of boat you want. For example, if you want to fish you will want to buy a different boat than if you want to wakeboard. Once you have decided what activity you will want to use a boat for, you should think about the future to determine if the boat will suit your needs in 5 years or more, or if it is only good for this year. It is a big investment so you should buy something that will grow with you.


Ongoing Costs

Like most motorized vehicles, boats will have continuing costs to own and operate them. These costs include maintenance costs, yearly licensing, and insurance costs. Most states don’t require insurance for boats, but it’s still a good idea to have it. This will make sure you are covered in the case of an accident. Boats will need regular care such as keeping the exterior clean and making sure the engine gets regular maintenance. You will also have the cost to run the boat which will be dependent on fuel costs.


How to Transport and Operate It

If you have used a boat before, it won’t take you long to get the hang of a new one. However, if you haven’t operated a boat before you should take the time to learn. A dealer can go over everything with you, however, you may want to take a course to learn rules and etiquette and operation. This will help you learn how to launch your boat, trailer it, docking procedures, and boat handling. In addition, it may be worthwhile to take a boat safety course.


Owning a boat can help you enjoy some fun outdoor recreation. However, if you aren’t prepared you may not enjoy it as much. Therefore, you need to do some research beforehand, so you know what to expect.

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