Gearing up to buy your first fishing boat is a lot of fun – but can also cost you an arm and a leg if you don’t really pay attention to what you’re doing and take advantage of all the tips and tricks we are able to share with you below.
Sinking your finances in a bad fishing boat can’t happen lightning quick, which is why you need to stay on your toes, stay sharp, and really concentrate on all of the key questions that we highlight in this quick guide.
Where and how do you plan on using your boat the most?
The first thing that you’re going to need to consider (even before you start to think about money and boating options) has to be where and how you plan on using your boat the most.
Though there are a lot of fishing boats out there that double as recreational cruisers and can operate on flatwater as well as down some rivers, most of the top fishing boat options out there are much more specialized in nature
By understanding where and how you plan on using your boat – predominantly as a fishing boat or as a bit of a recreational weekend boat with occasional fishing trips thrown in – you’ll be better suited to find the perfect option for your needs.
What’s your budget look like?
It’s possible to find boats at most any price point you can think of, ranging from the least expensive boat to purchase off of an angler giving the sport up because they have to all the way up to the most loaded professional fishing boat money can buy – the kind of boat that can cost as much if not more than a fancy Italian sports car.
Determine your budget right off the bat and you’ll be able to avoid stretching it later down the line when you come across boats you’d like to have that are just out of your reach financially right now.
You’ll be glad you did!
Who’s going to be going out on your boat with you?
The smaller the boat the less expensive it is going to be as a general rule (not only as far as its sticker price is concerned, but also as far as maintenance and operation costs are concerned), which is why you want to think about how many people you’ll have out on the water with you.
It’s tough to beat rowing out onto an empty lake early in the morning and getting in some near silent fishing before anyone else’s even awake, but it’s also just as fun to have all your buddies out on the water with you in a high-speed fishing boat that doubles as a party cruiser when the fishing is done.
Don’t forget about maintenance!
A lot of people look closely at the sticker price of the new boat that they are going to be purchasing without really thinking about maintenance costs. That’s a rookie mistake.
Be sure that you budget for EVERYTHING you’ll have to do as the new owner of this fishing boat and you won’t have to worry about any crazy surprises popping up and really ripping a hole in your finances unexpectedly.