Tips To Choose The Right Boat For Sailing
The Coastal Casual
Boats come in all shapes and sizes, and it can be difficult to determine which shape and size will be most appropriate for your sailing needs. Choosing the right boat is extremely important, as it can completely alter your sailing experience. The size of the boat determines where it can be used, stored and how much work it takes to maintain it. And the style controls how the boat is run. All of these factors must be carefully considered when choosing your vessel. Here are four ways to help you do just that; you’ll be out on the water in no time!
Buying a sea vessel second hand is a great way to save money while choosing a boat. This financial saving means that more money can be spent on accessories, or even better, put to good use elsewhere. Not only will buying a used boat save money, but it will open up your options. Boats that would be absurdly priced if they were new, will suddenly be within your budget, leading to a wealth of vessels to consider. Looking into pre-owned yachts or catamarans for sale is a great place to start your search.
What is the Purpose?
Knowing exactly where, when, and how you want to use your new boat is an effective way to narrow down your options. If you would like to use your boat for overnight trips, then you will need adequate cabin space for sleeping. If not, then a boat with a smaller cabin space will be suitable. If you’re planning on taking guests along for sailing trips, then extra room will be required, along with extra safety gear.
An important point to consider is that a larger boat will require more upkeep than a smaller boat. In order for boats to function correctly, they must be tended to. Understanding your limit of time and finances in regards to boat upkeep will render some options unwanted, and therefore should be considered carefully.
The next thing to consider is where you will store the boat. Storing it in the harbour is perhaps the most convenient option, as it will always be available for you to use. The downside of this, is the cost of storing it in such a convenient location, together will the excessive exposure to the elements.
Excessive exposure leads to regular servicing, which may not be appealing to you. Another option is to find somewhere else that is capable of storing a boat, but this will only be suitable if the boat is used on rare occasions. Make sure that the boat you choose will suit your storage options.
The price should be the first and last thing considered when deciding on a boat. Having an initial budget is extremely important, as it will prevent you from going on a boat-themed spending spree. The consideration of price at the end is not about choosing the cheapest option. It is about knowing the difference between cost and worth.
Ask yourself if you are choosing this particular boat just because it is cheap. If so, then do not buy it. Buy something because you love it, and are excited to enjoy the ocean accompanied by it. Be responsible with your money, but do not be controlled by it.
So there we have it, four ways to assist you in choosing the right boat for recreational sailing. Owning a boat is an exciting prospect, but also an incredible responsibility. Make sure you are up for the challenge! Good luck.