Last Updated on October 5, 2022 by Maria Kennedy
Whatever you choose, hunting or fishing, water skiing or exciting high-speed races, romantic walks, or an exciting vacation with children, exploring local water attractions or traveling to the most unexplored sea corners, you will need a faithful helper and a reliable friend – a boat. But with so many options to choose from, it is not easy to decide on a boat for first-time buyers.
So, how to choose a ship, especially if you are new to this business? How to make sure it fully meets all the wishes and brings only joyful memories of rest and travel? Let’s try to deal with this most important things to consider when buying a boat for the first time.
What purposes do you need a boat for?
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If you want to relax in nature with friends, go fishing or sailing, then, in this case, the most convenient boat will be a small one, which can easily pass through the swampy areas of the reservoir in search of shot prey. In a boat with a fully open hull, a small draft, and a flat bottom, it’s convenient to stand and look for another duck or fishing, casting a fishing rod.
If you prefer fishing for a few days, then a spacious boat with a luggage compartment, which is called the foredeck, as well as a cabin in which you can spend the night, is suitable. A large catch of fish will fit in the trunk of the boat, and additional pockets and compartments on the ship will contain all the necessary equipment for successful fishing and hunting.
For lovers of water skiing with the breeze, the size of the boat will not be as important as its speed. Here you need to pay attention to the quality of the material of the hull, engine power, and ease of operation. For long trips along the sea waves, especially with children, the boat’s spaciousness, cabins and a toilet, cooking facilities, a large fuel tank, a powerful engine, a sturdy hull, and its stability on the water will be important indicators.
Which body is better?
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The material the boat is made of is an important element when choosing a boat for first-time buyers. After all, it will depend on how many years it will regularly serve the new owners.
A case made of steel, if properly and continuously treated with protective coatings against corrosion, will live about 30 years. The case made of glass steel in seawater will live 15-20 years and up to 25 years in freshwater. The aluminum case is highly oxidized in seawater, but it is very durable, therefore it will live quite a long time, about 35 years. Fiberglass, which has a modern and stylish look, but is distinguished by the softness of the material, will function properly for about 20 years. You can also purchase a combined version of the boat hull, consisting of durable aluminum and soft plastic, which will provide the entire vessel with longer service life.
Aluminum boats are good for hunting and fishing, relaxing with family and long trips due to the unpretentiousness and wear resistance of a material that does not absorb water and is resistant to abrasion. The disadvantage is sharp edges, it is very cooled by water and heats up in the sun, it makes noise when moving.
Fiberglass cases are suitable for family walks throughout the day due to the pleasant appearance, soft corners, and cozy sides that do not transmit cold water. The boat is lightweight. Due to the lightness of the plastic, it is easy to wash, but the hull is very unstable to friction and is easily damaged.