Most adventurers on boats go the used boat route because of their budget and lack of experience with boats. Buying a used boat can be a good deal, especially if you are handy and have time to do some refitting. If you do buy a used boat be sure to hire a licensed boat surveyor to check out your find. They should be able to tell you what you are getting yourself into. Spend the time getting to know about the history of the particular make and model you are interested in, can often pay great dividends. Make sure to run the numbers, insurance, taxes and fees, storing the boat while you refit her, refitting her, etc, etc. Oh, and be sure you have enough in you kitty to go adventure after you got your lady ready. Remember to "Count the Costs".
Sources of Used Boats
Once you kind of know what you are looking for, use the internet to search for your dream boat. If you are looking for a deal don't forget eBay and Craigslist as well as your local newspaper. If you live near water, start visiting boat yards and marinas and let people know what you are looking for. Many have found their dream boat by word-of-mouth. It may take some time but every yard visit is a contact every boat visit is a learning experience. Keep a log of the people you meet, you never know. On every boat visit take copious notes and pictures. Make lists of what you like and don't like.
Also many boat yards have back lots where boats are left when the owner runs out of money, or some life tragedy happens. Keep your eyes open you never know.
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