|Leisure Trailer Boat - courtesy Tailored Marine, Queensland, AU|
It is an incredible world in which we live, where someone can create a worldwide audience with a few keystrokes and the click of a mouse.
Knots and Boats is fortunate to have grown tremendously in a small amount of time, reaching countries as far away as China, Latvia, and Australia. A few weeks ago I received a note from some new friends in Australia at Tailored Marine Boat Sales in Queensland. Ivy Delfin, the Copywriter at Tailored Marine, wanted to share her thoughts about boat selection. This is just one more example of how amazing the boating community is - ready to help anytime, and from anywhere!
Here are her thoughts about buying the perfect boat:
Having your own boat is a dream come true. It's a home away from home, a haven, and most of all, a lifestyle. Boating is the perfect way to escape everyday life and gain serenity and perspective on the world. It's great for your health, good exercise, it can be very social or very solitary, as you wish. Buying a boat, however, can a be a fraught and treacherous process, full of potential errors about what kind of boat to buy and where to buy it from. The old adage that there are two great boating days, the day you buy it and the day you sell it, is true for many a rash purchaser. Make sure that it doesn't come true for you. You don't want to make the wrong decision when it comes to choosing your boat, so here are some tips on how to get it right.
- Take your time with doing your research, browse through different manufacturers and retailers like Tailored Marine, ask your friends, ask professionals, read books and magazines, and make sure you're completely familiar with what's on offer before you decide what you need. The whole process might take six months or so.
- Have your budget worked out exactly right before you start looking. Let your budget guide your decision. You don't want something that you have to keep paying off for the rest of your life, that's not relaxing.
- New or used? Now this is a big choice, and has to be approached on a case by case basis. If you do buy a used boat, however, have an extra $2000-$5000 for small repairs. Don't buy a used boat that needs major repairs.
- Enjoy your boat!
Happy boating from the Land Down Under!