Boat Preparation

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:

  • How many people will use the boat?
    Just you, you and friends, you and family, all your family and friends? This will answer at least the size of the boat you want.
  • Why you want the boat?
    Maybe you want a boat to go fishing or swimming, maybe diving, or who knows, maybe you want a boat to do long expeditions.
  • How often will you use your boat?
    This is actually very important, in case you will use it just for two weeks a year then probably renting a boat would be cheaper and much easier, but if you will use it every weekend then things change.
  • What kind of boat goes with you?
    Take a look at the different models, and choose the mode or models that attracts you, it will help you to customize your searches.
  • How much do you want to spend?
    This is probably one of the most important things to take into account at the time of buying a boat, price is always important so you try to stick to your budget.

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:

  • Be sure that the radio works properly: This is one of the most important things to take into account before sailing, if something goes wrong a functional radio will be extremely helpful.
  • Review all the electronic components: It is very important to be sure that all the electronic parts are working perfectly, check the engine starter, the lights, radar, radio and more.
  • Review all the following components:
    • Inboard Engines.
    • Hull condition.
    • Emergency equipment.
    • Water systems.
    • Sails and rigging.
    • Exterior and interior.