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Old 02-16-2017, 04:50 PM   #1
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I am looking at getting my first boat and I have no clue where to start. I want to by a used one. How does one go about purchasing a boat from a private party?
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I am looking at getting my first boat and I have no clue where to start. I want to by a used one. How does one go about purchasing a boat from a private party?
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Start buy looking at alot of them to determine what will fit your needs..
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After a lot of shopping and research I would recommend hiring a marine surveyor to inspect the boat you finally decide to buy BEFORE you purchase it. Also project boats are more expensive than some people think so I would not recommend that route to a first time boat owner. You will spend more time working on it than enjoying it.
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Determine your budget, what do want to spend?
Determine the kind of boat you desire
Look at 10 boats in your budget that fits the type you want. (This will educate you)
Then select the boat you want.
Hire a mechanic to perform a pre-purchase inspection
Test drive the boat
Pay the owner the negotiated purchase price, get three bills of sale, 1 for the boat, 1 for the motor, and 1 for the trailer.
Buy boat insurance.
Buy tow boat insurance.

Throw hundreds and hundreds of dollars overboard.
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Inshore, offshore, rivers & lakes? There are different boats for each, although you can have a river boat that you can take offshore if the weather is right. Budget? Are we talking a few hundred, or a hundred thousand?

Most important, don't get in a hurry and buy the first you look at. Take a buddy that knows boats when you get ready to buy.
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I am looking for a bay boat. I like the style that has the flat top in the front of the boat to stand on while fishing. Would also like it to go out on calmer days. Another question when buying for a private seller can you use a loan?
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Two happiest days in a boat owners life....the day he buys it & the day he sells it!

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Another question when buying for a private seller can you use a loan?
Yes, get pre-qualified at your lending institute for your budget amount.
Then shop, find your vessel, place a down payment to hold the boat, like $1000, draw up a purchase agreement, take it to the bank, the bank issues a check to the owner. That is one way that works.
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Never ever buy a boat without taking it for a sea trial. Find you a person who really knows boats, if you don't and give them $100.00 or whatever to go along. Not sure you really need to hire marine surveyor for a small boat.

Remember, there are some sorry SOBs out there who will tell you anything to sell a boat.

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