Finding the Right Boat or Yacht for You?
With Newcoast by your side, finding the right boat or yacht can be an amazing experience! Newcoast specializes in personalized service, vast experience in the boating world and unmatched expertise in the marine industry. But first things first - you've got to find the boat or yacht you want. Here are some quick tips to insure success in your search::
1. Decide the type of boat do you want. Consider what activities you like to do on the water. Do you want to catch your dinner? Are you looking to ride the wake? Or does an afternoon anchored up in your favorite cove or at the beach sound like more your speed. Different types of boats are more geared to different activities. DiscoverBoating.com has a great tool for helping you determine the type of boat that best match your interests. Try it out.
2. Research you favorite boat brands. Once you know the type of boat that matches your style, take some time to look at the different brands (manufacturers) that make those kind of boats. Quality and reputation are key factors to consider.
3. Get to know boat dealers in your area. Most offer new and used boats, but will only be able to sell specific brands of new boats. So before falling in love with one brand of boat, it's important to learn about your local dealers. Different dealerships will offer various levels of service - some may offer basic services to buy the boat and service to maintain your boat while others may go above and beyond to offer classes for learning to use your boat, events for enjoying your boat and more. Your dealer can offer support throughout your boating life that makes days on the water easier. Make sure to consider who you want to do business with and what type of relationship you want with them.
4. Decide if you're buying new, used or brokerage. Like cars, you may choose to buy a new or used boat. New boats offer the benefit of a warranty and if you're new to boating it's a good place to start. Used boats can be a great deal, but you definitely need to do your homework. You also have the option of purchasing a boat through a broker (known as brokerage). If the boat or yacht is used, brokers may represent the seller (similar to real estate) to help them sell their boat.
5. Get Pre-Approved. If you will be financing your boat or yacht, it's a great idea to consider getting pre-approved if you're really serious about buying a boat and know what you want. This will allow you to move faster once you find the boat of your dreams as well as allow you to know how much your loan is approved for.
6. Take a Test Drive! Buying a boat is similar to purchasing a car, once you've narrowed down the type of boat and brand you want, as well as dealerships, it's time for a take it out for a spin (sometimes called a sea trial).