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Reasons To Buy A Boat

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Many studies have shown, and many people already know

that being with friends and family, relaxing in the

outdoors and being close to nature are the best reasons

to buy a boat and spend time on the water. Your family

doesn't need to spend a forture or travel to a theme

park to have an experience that everyone will enjoy.

Boating is family

If you've ever felt that your family is going in

different directions, a boat can help to bring things

back together. When you spend time with your family

on a boat, it's all quality time. No matter if you're

fishing, tubing, swimming, or just cruising, your

doing it together - as a family.

There are no distractions on the water, so you can

focus your attention on each other. You can share

stories, laugh, have conversations, or reconnect and

create all new memories together. To put it in simple

terms, a boat will make life much better.

Boating helps you relax

Being on a boat makes it easy to relax. There are no

faxes, computers, or interruptions on a boat. You

have the open water, fresh air, the warm sun, and

adventure that you won't be able to find anywhere else.

With a boat, a great getwaway is all but a weekend

away. You may be a few miles from home in reality,

although you'll feel like your a million miles away.

Having fun

On a boat, the fun will never stop. There are always

things to do, places to see, fish to catch, and new

memories to create. Buying a boat is easy to do,

even if you are on a budget. If your ready to start a

new journey in life - a boat is something you and your

family simply must have.

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Storing Your Boat

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One of the keys to owning a boat is the question of

where to keep it when you aren't using it. Your

budget, convenience, and availability are all keys

that should be talked about.


There's no less expensive way to store a boat than

on a trailer in your driveway or yard. A trailer

offers you the advantages of taking your boat into

different areas of water, taking your boat out

whenver you like, or just saving fees on your winter

storage. Before you look into a trailer, make sure

that your vehicle has the towing capacity for your

boat and the equipment you need.

Rack storage

For smaller boats, a great alternative to storage is

rack storage, or dry stacks. Typical rack storage

facilities will keep your boat in a covered shed

filled with plenty of room. Simply call the facility

before you want to use the boat and they will

retrieve it for you. When you are finished boating,

simply bring it back, tie it up, and they will

return it to the storage area for you.

Marina advantage

If your a boat owner craving convenience, a marina

slip is just what you need. Simply drive your family

to the marina, get in the boat, and go. Rates will

vary from state to state, although most offer you

several other perks as well.

Buying your slip

In some areas, you can actually buy a permanent slip

at a marina. This can be great to have in high

demand areas, as it guarantees you a slip at the

marina whenever you need to store your boat. The

purchased slip is a long term asset, and is good

for as long as you own a boat.

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Buying A Boat Trailer

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A boat trailer is something you really can't go

wrong with, as it is a dual purpose device. It

provides a convenient way to store the boat, and

also allows you to explore new areas by taking

your boat down the road. Good trailers must

perform both duties equally as good.

Most people buying boats are into getting the

boat, and not the trailer. They are more than

willing to spend money on a boat, then end up

getting a cheap trailer. If you want the most

from boating, these tips will help you with

buying a trailer.

- The total weight of the boat, gear, and motor

should be in the mid range of trailer's carrying

capacity. You shouldn't pick a 2,500 capacity

trailer if you have a boat with the same weight.

- Go for larger diameter tires and wheels. The

larger tires will rotate less times per mile,

producing less heat and wear on the tread. The

wheel bearings will last much longer as well,

as they rotate less times per mile.

- You should look for trailers with "drive on"

capabilities. These drive on trailers will allow

you to drive the boat onto the trailer, close

enough to the winch so that you only need to

winch the boat up a few inches.

- Select trailer lights (for the highway) that

are protected and sealed against water.

- Pick your trailer based on the environment it

will be operating in. If you plan to launch in

salt water, you'll need a trailer for that purpose.

There are many types of trailers available, each

one designed for a specific type of boating.

Although most are protected against weather and

rust, you should always pick the one designed

for the type of terrain you will be using your

boat with. This way, you have no worries about

your trailer not doing the job it should be.

There are some trailers that include a spare tire,

which is an excellent investment for those who

plan to travel long distances. Even though it

can be hard to find trailer tires in the dark,

it's still great to have a spare if you get a

flat while you travel.

All in all, a boat trailer can save you a lot of

time and money. You can store your boat on your

trailer when it isn't be used, even take it to

other lakes or oceans. A trailer will open up

new roads for you and your boat - all you have to

do is find one that you need.

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Buying A Cruising Yacht

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Everyone out there likes the idea of a shiny new

boat. While buying a new yacht is an accomplishment

in itself, you shouldn't spend over your budget then

be unable to take it anywhere. When you buy a

yacht, always look at what comes with the boat

and decide if it's everything you want.

Types of construction


Almost all cruising yachts out there today are made

of GRP construction. GRP material is long lasting,

strong, and easy to repair. Osmosis is the only

real problem here, as the blisters it leaves can be

sometimes costly to repair.


Steel is always a great a idea, as it is by far the

strongest material. There have been steel boats ran

into reefs and banks and received just a few mere

scratches. Even though steel has many advantages,

rust is the true enemy here. You must keep all

surfaces thoroughly painted, primed, and ready to

avoid all types of rust.


Although rare in the normal cruising market,

aluminum is very popular with the construction of

top quality custom built yachts. If you are looking

for an aluminum constructed yacht, always make sure

that it wasn't constructed by an amateur yacht

builder - as this can cause major problems later on

down the road.


Even though it's the most traditional building

material, wood still has a lot to offer. If you get

the right kind of wood, it can last just as long as

any other type of material. The maintenence costs

are very high with wood, especially if you do your

own painting.


Concrete type boats have been around for a long

time. A cheap method of hull construction, it was

very popular in the 70's. If done properly, it

can be a very strong method of yacht construction.


The most popular choices of yacht rigs include sloop,

cutter, and ketch - in that particular order. Sloop

has the virtue of simplicity, while ketch and cutter

rigs will split the sail plan into more easily

managed areas. A ketch rig can sail under mizzen

and headsail alone, while cutter rigs can offer a

simple twin headsail with downwind option.

Essentials versus desirables

Before you begin looking for a yacht, make a list

of what you must have then make a list of what would

be nice to have. There are many additions and add

ons you can get for yachts, although they can get

very expensive in a hurry.

When you shop for a yacht, always plan out your

budget before you even start looking. A nice yacht

can cost a lot of money, which is something you

may need to save up for. Yachts are great to sail

on, especially for those who have a lot of money

to spare.

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Custom Built Boats

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Almost all boats are constructed on a production

basis, as this is the most efficient means of

production. There's only one set of molds and many

boats being built from the mold, reducing the cost

of tooling per boat. Normally, there are a limited

number of options to make assembly line production

more efficient in terms of cost.

Leaving the ranks of production boats, there are

several types of custom construction. There are

many boats built with a limited budget, which is

normally by amateurs. If you don't want to build

the boat yourself, the next level available is

what sailors call "semi custom" boats.

These semi customs are normally built by small or

mid sized shops out of one set of molds so the

hull and decks could end up being identical. The

builders will however, allow the owner to pick

out the interior and other options.

The true custom built boat, or one of a kind boat,

is specifically designed and built from scratch

for a single customer with an unlimited budget. A

true custom boat is a one on one project, and

can get very expensive before you know it.

Before you decide to go out and buy a custom boat,

you should give the used market another look. Those

who have built custom or even semi custom boats

in the past do put them on the market for sale at

some point or another.

This is a much less expensive way to go, simply

because you won't be paying a professional to design

the boat from scratch. You can find used boats that

offer one of kind features and options, all you have

to do is look around.

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Towing And Trailering

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A trailer can add a new dimension to the sense of

freedom associated with boating. Once you have a

trailer, you're pretty much free to boat anywhere

you decide, lakes, rivers, or inlets. A trailer

allows you to explore your area, and is also the

most affordable way to store your boat.

Starting out

If you've never owned or trailer or trailered a boat

before, there are several things you should know

and consider. The first thing is the towing capacity

of your truck, car, or SUV. If you don't know, you

can easily find the information in your owner's


Normally, small cars or family sedans aren't suitable

for towing, although small boats may not be a problem,

if you have the proper towing equipment installed on

the car. Most standard trucks or SUV's can tow

boats up to 25 feet, although you'll need to check

the owner's manual to be sure.

Weighing in

In your boat's owners manual, you'll find the dry

weight of your boat. The dry weight is the weight

of the boat without fuel or gear. Always make sure

you assess your vehicle's towing capacity, and add

a few hundred pounds to the dry weight to cover

these types of extras.

Muscle and power

As the weight, length, and beam of a boat increases,

so does the power needed to retrieve and launch it.

Smaller boats may be easier for one person to handle,

although larger boats will require more than one

person. If you need extra help, don't be afraid to

ask for it - as trailer boaters are always ready to

give you a hand if you need it.

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Buying The Right Fishing Boat

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If you are planning to buy a boat, you'll first need

to evaluate what you plan to do with it. If your

primary purpose is fishing, then you'll want to

look into boats that are designed primarily for


If you happen to be a tournament fisherman, or hope

to be, then you probably wouldn't be happy with a

boat less than a 150 HP motor and shorter than 19

feet in length. Those of you who plan to fish in

really deep water on a regular basis will probably

need a 200 HP motor and at least 20 feet of length.

If you don't plan to tournament fish, but go after

bass fish instead, you'll want a 17 - 18 foot boat

with at least a 115 HP motor. This way, you can

enjoy the lake or the river.

Those of you who like to fish for species may want

to look for a more versatile boat with plenty of

walking around room, higher sides, and a different

seating arrangement. This type of boat is ideal

for several people, even a trip out with your

wife and kids.

If you plan to fish on occasion, but not enough

to invest in a boat, you may want to look at a

fish and ski model. This is a hybrid boat, crossing

between a bass boat and pleasure boat, and can

easily serve your purpose.

The biggest part of the buying process is getting

what you can afford. Luckily, there are many new

boats available, giving you several that fit your

budget. If you prefer, you can shop and find a used

boat that fits both your needs and budget.

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Buying Boat Insurance

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Those of you who own boat will want to make sure

you get watercraft coverage. Often times, people

don't realize that they need this type of coverage

for their boats. There are many boat owners that

don't even realize this type of insurance is

even available.

You need boat insurance if you own a boat, it's

that simple. Before you buy boat insurance, here

are some things you simply must know.

- Many states now require that you carry watercraft

liability coverage. What this coverage does, is

protect you against any damage that you cause to

other people or their property with your boat. This

insurance will also cover you for vandalism, theft,

fire, stranding, sinking, and even collision. You

should always call your insurance agent and see

what's required with your state and what policies

they cover.

- There is also optional coverage that you should

really consider. One type of coverage that you

should strongly consider is Wreckage Removal. In

most areas, the removal of sunken or wrecked

boats is required by law, and the responsibility

of the owner to pay for the removal, which can

easily be very expensive.

Wreckage Removal coverage will pay these costs for

you. You should also consider adding coverage

that will pay for repairs and mechanical failure

as well, along with towing charges - should you

ever need to be towed back to the shore.

- Not all insurance companies cover everyone who

operates the boat. This is something you should

always ask about, find out who is covered when

operating the boat. There are several companies

that will only cover the owner of the boat. Make

sure that the insurance agent defines who is

covered when operating the boat.

- When you shop for boat insurance, call your

current company first, then check with other

companies to see what type of rates they offer as

well. Always remember that insurance agencies

are in competition with each other, and they'll

work with you to get you to join them. Let one

know about a better rate that you've been quoted

and see if they'll go one better.

Before you shop for boat insurance, think about

the investment you have made with your boat. Boats

are not cheap, replacing or repairing them isn't

cheap either. Therefore, you should always make

sure you get the coverage you need to protect you

against anything that happens with your boat.

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Buying Inflatable Boats

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As you are probably already aware of, inflatable

boats are very popular today. Each distinct group

of inflatable boat is designed for a specific use

and therefore equipped with different components

and equipment.

If your looking for a small boat to get you from

your ship to the shore, a typical inflatable boat

is the best answer. If you are looking for a

medium sized boat for diving or swimming, there

are many choices in that area as well. For recreation

or rescue work, there are large inflatable boats

available as well.


The location of a reputable dealer is very important,

as you don't want to travel too far to get an

inflatable boat. Whether you need parts, repairs,

or just technical support - a close dealer can also

be a close friend. As a new boat owner, you may

also have questions, need to claim your warranty,

or just need regular servicing. No matter how

you look at it, a close dealer is always better

than having to travel.


Many years ago, inflatable boats were the most

expensive types of boats and only a small amount

of people could even afford them. The reason for

this, was the use of exotic materials and the

numerous hours of hand labor that went into their


Today, there are machines that do a majority of

the construction work. Zodiac and its sister

company Sevylor, are the leading low cost producers

today thanks to technology. You can even finance

an inflatable boat if you need to, making them

available to almost everyone now.


You may have heard claims from all competitors,

with each one promising they have the best or even

the longest warranty. A few years ago, a company

offered a lifetime warranty - although they soon

disappeared shortly thereafter. Many manufacturers

will use an attractive warranty to substitute for

quality or even proper boat design.

In the back of your mind, you should be sure that

the company you buy from will be around long enough

to deliver on their warranty. Zodiac has been

building inflatable boats for over 50 years, and

offer a limited 5 year warranty on their inflatable

boats. Therefore, Zodiak is one of the best you

can buy today.

With all inflatable boats, you should know which

type you want before you purchase. You can always

look around and see what each dealer offer, then

plan your purchase accordingly. An inflatable

boat is great to have, especially for those who

own big ships and vessels. You can't go wrong with

these boats either - as they serve many different

useful purposes.

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