When you live on Maine’s spectacular coast, you have few reasons not to own a boat. If you have come to this realization and decided that now is the time to enter the saltwater boat market, consider these factors when trying to determine what boat is the right fit for you:
Uses To narrow down the vast boat choices, reflect on your decision to become a boat owner. Do you plan on going fly fishing? Are you a seasoned sailor or are you looking to take up sailing as a hobby? Is weekend recreation the primary reason for your boat purchase?
Price of Purchase After deciding what type of boat you want, set a price range. Try to be realistic, and remember that the cheapest boats may be unreliable and could prove more costly to own than their newer counterparts. If there is a reputable boat dealer in your area, consider shopping there before having a boat shipped from elsewhere. Transportation costs can be expensive; buying a boat locally is often more economical.
Ownership Costs When budgeting for your boat, estimate the costs of fuel, storage, maintenance, and insurance. These expenses should become fixed in your annual budget, with a buffer to allow for any costs that arise unexpectedly.
Use-Related Perks If you have the opportunity to purchase a boat from the marina where you hope to own a boat slip, take it. Your new boat can be moved straight from its model space to your slip after purchase. This makes it easy to call upon the service of an experienced mechanic, and allows you to meet some of the staff before you even start using the marina.
Purchasing a boat close to home makes the most sense for new boat owners. If you are a prospective boat owner in the Portland, Maine area, visit Yarmouth Boat Yard to find out what we have to offer. Pursuit Boats are our specialty, but we carry new boats from other exceptional manufacturers as well. To speak with one of our friendly and knowledge boat dealers, call (877) 401-3461.