Boating Articles at Daytona Performance Marine

Boating Articles at Daytona Performance Marine


Top Links
Privacy Policy

The Mayfly Adult
Tips on What should you look for when investing in watercraft
Bayliner Discovery Journeys Your Adventurous Spirit Beckons
Leisure Play and Recreation
Boat Trailer Parts Finding What You Need For Your Trailer
How GPS Works
Fishing Trip Tips
Tips On Finding A Fishing Guide
Do You Enjoy Fishing
Whitewater Kayaks
Fishing With Velcro
4 Critical Fly Fishing Tips
Catch and Release Fishing Ensuring Fish For Our Future
The Development of GPS
Picking Out The Ultimate Fishing Boat
Purpose Of Fishing Rod Holders
Tips to Photographing Your Trophy Fish
Walleye Fishing Tips
Flatwater Kayaks
Simple Things for the Sailing Life
How To Buy A Mountain Bike
Diesel Engines Tap the Advantage
Boating Safety Equipment You Must Have
GPS Vehicle Tracking
Understanding Boat Laws
Houseboat Manufacturers
Unique Gifts
Feeling Lost About How To Choose A Handheld GPS
Fishing for Blue Fish
The Great Southern Fluke
A Different Kind Of Catch
Night Fishing Preparation
Tournament Standard GPS and Sonar 6800 Fishfinder
Fishing Etiquette Good Manners For All Generations
A Look At How Boat Lifts Work And The Different Types
Tips On Buying Fishing Boats
Practical Uses for GPS Technology
Underwater Photography Just a Hobby or is there a Serious Side
Night Fishing Preparation The Key To Success
Boating One Of Lifes Great Pleasures
Tips for Maintaining Your Boat in Tip Top Shape
How To Buy A Used Boat
Boat Sales Made Easy
Scuba diving in Scapa Flow
Traditional Ship Finds Work in Modern Era
Analyze The Costs Before You Buy A Boat
Swimming In Open Water Safety Tips
A Ship For Canadian Highways
Hawaii Fishing Tips
RV On The Go Gadgets
Diving In A Current
The Deep Sea Fishing Charter
A Little Care Will Keep Your Boat in Top Notch Condition
Vacation Tips In Fishing
Shark Fishing A New Found Addiction
Three Main Trout Senses
GPS versus Galileo
Tuna Fishing off the Coast of Virginia
Have Your Boat Trips Arranged For A Fun Vacation
Houseboat Rental

Welcome to DaytonaPerformanceMarine

How To Buy A Used Boat

Expert Article By: Simon White

Whatever type of boat you are buying, the same general rules apply. Follow these principles and you can buy your boat with confidence.

When buying from a private seller, the boat will usually come with no warranty, so you need to check it carefully to avoid making an expensive mistake. Many brokers and dealers sell used boats as well as new, and may offer a limited warranty. Whilst this may provide some peace of mind, the dealer's commission is usually reflected in a higher price.

Before inspecting the boat there are some checks you can make so you don't waste your time and effort:

Check out the builder of your chosen boat. Is it a highly regarded brand? Are they still trading? If not, getting replacement parts may prove difficult.

Why is the boat being sold? This can be an indication of how well the boat has been looked after. If the boat is a repossession, it may indicate that the boat has not been looked after; if the owner didn't keep up payments to the financer, then he may have shown the same lack of care for the boat's maintenance.

If the boat is being sold because the owner is upsizing, this might indicate that the owner is a real boating enthusiast, and thus may have taken greater care in the boat's upkeep. If the reason for selling is that there's a problem with the boat, then be aware that if you buy that boat, you will be the new owner of that problem!

Is there a maintenance log for the boat? This should list all services, repair, and oil changes. If it's missing, it can be hard to tell how well the boat has been looked after.

Is all the equipment you need present? For example, navigation, lights, winches etc. If not present, you will have to buy some equipment separately, so build this into your budget.

What was the main use of the boat? The use of the boat can affect its condition. For example, boats used mainly for fishing often run up high engine hours.

Inspecting The Boat

It is recommended that you use a surveyor to carry out a detailed inspection.

At the moment, anyone can call themselves a marine surveyor, so it is important to make sure that yours is accredited by the relevant authority. Some examples are listed below:

The Yacht Designers and Surveyors Association, The International Institute of Marine Surveying, The Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS), The National Association of Marine Surveyors (NAMS)

Using a surveyor will give you peace of mind, and your finance and insurance companies may insist upon it. You should never rely on an old survey - new problems may have occurred since it was carried out.

If you are experienced and confident enough, you may be able to perform an inspection yourself. Here are some things to look out for:

Has the boat been looked after well? Examine obvious features such as the gel coat, woodwork and upholstery. If these haven't been maintained then there's a good chance the rest of the boat has not had much care either.

Check all wooden decking and interior woodwork for any soft spots.

Are any parts of the exterior paintwork poorly matching? This may indicate a previous accident.

Check that all the control cables (for steering, throttle etc.) are in good working order. The steering and transmission should move freely.

Look for water lines inside the boat or on the engine. These indicate that the boat has flooded in the past.

Open and close all the hatches and sea cocks to ensure they're in good working order. Water marks inside the hatches would indicate that they are no longer water-tight.

You should test all the systems such as, bilge pump, winches, freshwater system, lights, heater and air conditioning, generator, stove etc.

Check that all hardware is attached firmly, and that electrical items and connections are free from rust.

Examine the hull all over, taking note of its general condition and looking for any dents, cracks or chips in the gel coat if applicable. Tapping a fibreglass hull lightly with a rubber hammer, listening for voids, can help reveal any blistering or delamination. Any fittings that go through the hull should be checked to make sure they are tight and won't leak.

Find the hull registration number, and make sure it is present, doesn't look like it has been tampered with, and matches the number on the boat's registration and title documents. Missing or altered hull registration numbers indicate that the boat may be stolen. It is crucial that you ensure that you are not buying a stolen boat; if you do, you risk losing the boat and your money.

Although it may not be practical to do so, viewing your boat out of the water is very useful, allowing you to check the hull below the waterline. Check that the keel runs in a straight line from fore to aft, and that the propeller, shaft and rudder are straight; do they show any signs of a collision? Look for signs of cavitation which manifests itself as an erosion of the surface of the propeller blades - an indication of poor performance. Make sure that the propeller and shaft do not wobble.

On a sailing boat, check that all sails and rigging are in good order.

If possible, contact the previous owner to get any further information; as they no longer have any interest in whether the boat is sold or not, they can give you an impartial viewpoint.

Engine Checks

Unless you're an engine expert, it would be best to get a mechanic to look over the engine for you.

Look out for the presence of oil in the bilges - a sign of an oil leak.

Inspect the gaskets and hoses for oil leaks.

Inspect the level and condition of the oil. A milky appearance signifies that water may be leaking into the engine. A burned smell or grit in the oil, are indications of mechanical problems, whilst a chalky residue on the engine or drive signals that the engine has been running hot.

Pull out a spark plug and examine it for age. If it's old, perhaps the engine hasn't been serviced as often as it should.

Examine all hoses and belts. Are they cracked or degraded? Smell for fuel leaks from hoses, and check that the fuel tanks are sound.

Are the engine mounts sturdy?

Do the sacrificial anodes (if applicable) need replacing?

Compression check the engine.

Sea Trial

If everything is up to your standards, take the boat for a test drive.

Before starting the engine, check if it is already warm; if the engine has trouble starting or smokes a lot when cold, the seller may have warmed-up the engine prior to your arrival to disguise such problems.

Check the bilges at the start and end of the trial; looking for evidence of an oil leak.

See how the boat manoeuvres. Is the steering responsive? Hit waves from different angles, looking for excessive pitch or roll. Try out these factors whilst above and below deck.

Test that all the instruments are working correctly, and run the engine for long enough to see if it'll overheat.

If it's a sailing boat, put the sails up, and see how she manoeuvres under sail. Try out different points of sale. Examine the mast and rigging under load.

If the boat does not pass on any of your tests, you do not necessarily need to rule it out, as long as you are willing to put some time (and money) into putting things right. Any imperfections can be used as bargaining tools to negotiate a lower price.

Get It In Writing

If you decide to purchase the boat, you should get a Sales Agreement. This should state the terms and amount of payment, and detail any pre-sale repairs that have been agreed on - making clear who is responsible for carrying them out and paying for them. It should also list which accessories are included and the delivery and payment dates.

Beware Of Fraud

Does the price seem too good to be true? If so, it probably is. The boat may either be stolen or the seller may take your deposit and never be contactable again. Make sure that you get the real address of the seller; you should be suspicious of anyone who only uses a PO Box.

Verify all the contact details of the seller. If there is an email address, make sure you can get a reply from them. Get a telephone number for them and make sure it works.

If the boat is in a different country to the seller, be extra cautious, and take even more care if either are outside of your own country.

If anything just doesn't seem right, don't dismiss those feelings until you've checked them out. Often your instincts are correct.

About The Author

Simon White

Further information and boats for sale classifieds can be found at:

How To Buy A Used Boat News

Now is the time to buy a new or used boat - Warwick Beacon

Warwick Beacon

Now is the time to buy a new or used boat
Warwick Beacon
So you want to buy a boat. You are in luck. It is the perfect time of year as sellers of new and used boats are anxious to sell before winter. And, this is the perfect week to look at a lot of power or sailboats, all at one time, at the Annual Newport ...

and more »

Find more...

Fire destroys Ferndale boat-maker's building - Bellingham Herald

Bellingham Herald

Fire destroys Ferndale boat-maker's building
Bellingham Herald
Now the question is, 'What's next?'” Before the fire, Northwest Marine had been shutting down for the weekend. (They're normally closed on Fridays.) About a dozen boat-shaped casts used to mold the vessels were stored outside, and they weren't damaged.

and more »

Find more...

Fishing Journal: Tips for buying a boat - The Providence Journal

Fishing Journal: Tips for buying a boat
The Providence Journal
If you are not a handy person and do not enjoy repairing things an old boat may not be for you. Used boats cost less, which is a big advantage; however, they may need updates or repairs. So, consider these costs in addition to the purchase price.

Find more...

Fishing for shrimp but netting jail time - Al Jazeera America

Fishing for shrimp but netting jail time
Al Jazeera America
RAMESHWARAM, India — One morning in July, when 60-year-old Jesurani Anthony pawned her kite-shaped gold earrings to buy diesel for her son Tito's boat, she extracted a promise from him. “You'd better make sure that gold is back in my ears again by ...

and more »

Find more...

Repurposing fills gap for nonrecyclable junk - Chicago Tribune

Repurposing fills gap for nonrecyclable junk
Chicago Tribune
He bought 50 feet of used fire hose, though he doesn't take credit for being innovative. He said ... People buy the sheets of vinyl at prices from $50 to $100, for reuse as pond liners, boat covers, slip-and-slides and for backyard movie screens ...

Find more...

Unseasonably cool weather hits Chicago area - WLS-TV

Unseasonably cool weather hits Chicago area
We're from Canada so we're used to the cold," said Andrea Clinton. "Compared to ... "I'm going to buy a Chicago sweatshirt and get some gloves and I'll be fine for the weekend," Viviane Kempen said. Forecasters say normal high temperatures this time of ...

Find more...

From tarp to tote bag, courtesy of LL Bean and Fenway Park - Boston Globe

Boston Globe

From tarp to tote bag, courtesy of LL Bean and Fenway Park
Boston Globe
It may not touch off the same retail frenzy as the imminent release of new iPhones, but some Boston Red Sox fans may willing to stand in line to buy limited edition L.L. Bean tote bags that have been fashioned from material taken from the rain-delay ...

and more »

Find more...

Southside Park renovations underway after years of planning - Hilton Head Island Packet

Hilton Head Island Packet

Southside Park renovations underway after years of planning
Hilton Head Island Packet
... Southside Park on Sept. 12, 2014. THEOPHIL SYSLO — Theophil Syslo |Buy Photo ... The town of Port Royal will dedicate the recently renamed Henry Robinson Boardwalk at 10 a.m. Thursday at The Sands boat landing. Signs went up last week. Robinson ...

and more »

Find more...

Remember The Goldenrod: Loyal Crew Is Determined To Return Landmark To ... - St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis Public Radio

Remember The Goldenrod: Loyal Crew Is Determined To Return Landmark To ...
St. Louis Public Radio
The fledgling nonprofit raised $28,000 for a good-faith down payment to buy the boat back from dock owners who won it in a foreclosure auction last year. .... “We're figuring the best thing to do is buy a brand new barge rather than a used one,'' he said.

Find more...

The Uranium Sting: Did Homeland Security Catch a Smuggler or Create One? - Businessweek


The Uranium Sting: Did Homeland Security Catch a Smuggler or Create One?
In a country whose total population then numbered 4 million, the conflict killed around 50,000 people, including, Campbell says, his father, a commercial sailor who was shot when rebels tried to seize his boat. Campbell ... He drew most of his income ...

Find more...

Consumer Marine Electronics
Riverbum Fishing Gear



eXTReMe Tracker