5 ways to help you choose your boat
You want to buy a boat ? Above all, you need to ask the right questions to help you choose a boat that will suit you best.
Our sales specialists recommend that you consider five criteria before buying a boat :
Where will you be cruising ?
Inland cruising or mixed cruising (sea and river) ? This is a key issue that will determine the choice of your future boat. Some boats are designed to operate exclusively on inland waterways, while others can also be used in the sea.
What size ?
What size to choose ? This will depend on the type of navigation that you are planning and your use of the boat. If you want to make your boat your principal residence, choose one that is spacious and comfortable. It's important to be able to live comfortably in all seasons (summer and winter). The wider the boat, the more liveability and stability it will offer. In addition to the width and length of the hull, other characteristics to be taken into account include the draught (depth) and air draught (height) of the vessel. Finally, note that the cost of maintenance of a boat is not necessarily proportional to its size.
What type of boat ?
Think about what type of cruising you enjoy. You like to steer your boat out in the open ? An external cockpit is ideal. If however, you like to be comfortable in all weathers, think about looking for a boat with an enclosed wheelhouse. From the point of view of the "look" of the boat, it depends on your taste.
What is your physical condition ?
Buying a boat is an investment, often a long-term one. It will be your companion for many years.
You need to take into account your physical condition to be sure you can continue enjoy your boat for many years. For example, take into account the amount of stairs in the boat : too many could be annoying in the long term.
What material ?
- Steel ? Particularly robust and easy to repair. However, it is often necessary to repaint if scratched
- Aluminium ? Light-weight and solid. More expensive to build then steel
- Fiberglass ? Crack more easily on impact Reduced maintenance
- Wood ? Used for older, classic boats. Wood requires a lot more maintenance then steel or fiberglass
Looking to buy a houseboat or just have questions?
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