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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Tips on Buying a Pre-Owned Boat


Buying a brand new boat is not an affordable option for every boating enthusiast. That’s okay because there are plenty of excellent pre-owned boats on the market. Here’s a look at some helpful tips when it comes to buying a pre-owned fishing boat for sale.

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The Motor

Without a motor, a boat is rendered useless, so it is important to check out the motor before you buy. Examine the motor and check for any welds or areas that have been painted over. Those are signs that the motor had been worked on. Also, be sure to check the power head to see how clean it is.

The oil is another telling sign. Run the engine for a bit and then drain some of the oil. If it is a clear or gold color, then it is in good working condition. Black oil is a sign that the oil needs to be changed and if there is a coffee or cream color, there is likely a major problem. These are problems you will never experience when buying a boat from a reputable dealer such as New Hope Marine in Charlotte.

The Body

A pre-owned boat will have some kind of wear, although keep an eye out for any problems with the hull, such as stress cracks. One or two small stress cracks probably is not much to worry about. But if there are a bunch, then it is not a good sign.

Getting a good look underneath a boat is recommended as well. This is easier to do with boats that are out of the water. Look for any gouges on the bottom of the boat. If there is any fiberglass protruding, it is a sign that there has been work done to the bottom. That is a good sign to stay away. Feel for any soft spots on the deck and also be sure to check for cracks in the transom.

The Trailer

The trailer is an important component and should not be neglected. There is a lot to inspect on a trailer and that can start with all of its lights. Next, move on to the springs and the axles. Check both for signs of rust. The winch should also be examined and be sure that it operates properly.

The brakes are another important area and since the trailer will be used on the road, it should meet all state requirements. It’s also a good idea to check the condition of the tires and their pressure levels.

If you are in the market for a pre-owned boat, check out the vast selection at New Hope Marine. Also carrying an inventory of new boats for sale Charlotte along with all kinds of parts, New Hope Marine has everything you need to keep your boat running right.