The cost of owning a boat can be quite high on some aspects, and quite low on others, for example, the average 26 feet boat's price is about $18,000 the gas consumption is actually lower than expected, because usually you just sail a while and then you stop to swim or fish, so the engine is not working all time, and the average maintenance price is about 10 percent of the boat's value including extras. Before sailing, boat preparation is very important; nobody wants to stay abandoned if something goes wrong.
Obviously the first step is buy a boat, so in order to accomplish this step you must be well informed, one of the best ways to find boats for sale as well as information is internet, just search for boat broker's websites or websites where owners can announce; and see what the market has for you, look at the prices and in case you kind of know what you want, focus on your requirements and search for what you kind of want, nevertheless, how do you know what you want or need? Actually it is easy, just realize the following aspects:
As you can see there are several aspects in order to own a boat, nevertheless there are aspects that can change what you like for what you need, imagine you have a family, so safety is going to be even more important than the price or aspect.
Once you know what you want and why you want it, then you can pick the boat you need and have a really great time, nevertheless there are several things to take into account for boat preparation, for example: