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Old 07-05-2013, 09:56 PM   #1
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I'm thinking of getting my first boat. If I knew nothing of boating what would your advice to me be? 20-25 footer. I have very limited knowledge on boating but want a good all around perspective. What are the does and donts. Also some of the fees envolved. Thank you for your time.
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First, be sure you really want a boat.
Decide the application. i.e. Offshore, inshore, cruising, etc..
Ride with someone on said application and see if you actually gonna like it. (seasickness)
Take a safe boating class.
If all are satisfied, buy boat.
Rig boat, CG equipment, electronics, tackle. etc...
Suggest you find a friend with experience for a good while as you learn your vessel.
Add ice, fuel, tag, bait, food, passengers, sunscreen....go!!!
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As DownTime said, depends on what you plan on using it for. Definitely need to find a buddy with one and do some riding/driving and see what you think. Remember the old saying "The two happiest days in a boat owners life is the day he buys it and the day he gets rid of it".
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I have some experience in driving and working on boats just not owning them. My use would include but not limited to fishing( not sure how far out in the gulf I could go) sking, camping, swimming,tubing, fireworks( born on the fourth hate the crowds.) and general beaching. Thanks again.
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Oh yeah diving
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:41 PM   #6
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BOAT - break out another thousand - never a truer statment. However if you love boating or fishing there is no better investment. Mine has saved me millions in doctors visits. Find someone who has expeeience in the type of use you intend and let them help you with pros and cons and getting used to the new love. Boat mistakes get real expensive and there are a binch of is with knowledge the old fashion way-benn there done it.
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.....And try to have, (rare as it seems today), common sense
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I try to think I have plenty of that and common decency. What about insurance and registration fees ect. Plan to store it at home. I'm thinking of getting a 20-30 cc.
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I dove allot when I was younger but haven't been out in a while.
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:34 PM   #10
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Assuming you want a fishing boat as this is a fishing forum and most new boaters want something to keep the wife girlfriend etc. happy I would recommend a 23 foot center console it is easy to trailer and launch you won't need a tank to tow it and the price point is reasonable I have always been a Sea Hunt fan Legendary Marine sells them I recommend as this is your first boat you purchase a new one from a reputable dealer there is just too many potential problems with used boats for a inexperienced boater don't risk it if you but a hunk of junk you will hate it and it will ruin the whole boat owning experience check out the game fish line of Sea hunts they are well built and have great resale if you want to trade up in the future
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