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What You Need to Know Before Buying a Boat

Having a boat is great for adventuring and relaxing. It provides one-of-a-kind recreational individual or group recreational activities with family and friends. Before you get out on your boat, however, there are some things you should know before buying a boat since that is a big investment.

The Costs

As with most bigger investments, the cost of a boat is not just its upfront price. You are probably not buying a boat just to park it in your garage, so you will need to pay for additional fees to keep your boat running and to use it properly. These costs include, but are not limited to, fuel, boat insurance, and regular maintenance. While you may be reluctant to pay these extra fees, they are well worth it since they keep your investment secure and functioning well. These measures will also make it safer for you and your loved ones to enjoy your boat.

Knowing Where to Store It

It is important to consider where you will store your boat before purchasing one since boats can be anywhere from the size of a car to so large that it won’t even fit in an empty garage. If you don’t already have an adequate space to store your boat, post frame construction may be a great option for you. Post frame construction cuts costs compared to ways of building. This method of construction uses deep posts to provide stability instead of needing an expensive and time-consuming new concrete foundation.

Boating Laws, Rules, and Restrictions

Just as there are with other vehicles, there are laws and restrictions for boat usage. You cannot go boating at any hour and on any open body of water that you please, and there are often hefty fines ensued from breaking boating laws and restrictions. Make sure to research state and local regulations before heading out. In addition, familiarize yourself with the more unspoken rules of boating right of way. Boating laws, rules, and restrictions are meant to keep you and others safe and should always be heeded.

Boating opens up your world and helps you see things in a whole new way. When you buy a boat, there are many different financial, practical, and legal responsibilities you take on. Do your part to know and research exactly what these responsibilities are to keep you, others, and your boat safe.

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by Virgin America Flight Attendant
TJ Newman



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