The process of buying a used boat is usually exciting as you try to find the ideal boat for you and your family. Along the way, you will run into many boats on the market from private sellers and brokers. However, the challenge with a used boat is that someone else has used it. That does not mean that used boats are damaged or that people who display offshore fishing boats for sale sign are trying to sell you a damaged boat. It just means you have to be careful with your purchase. Here are a few hidden issues with most used boats.
It costs a lot of money to fix a faulty boat engine. If you spend a lot of money purchasing a boat and then start spending again on fixing the engine, it would have been better to buy a new one instead. To inspect the engine, you can pull the dipstick to check that the oil is not milky. Milky engine oil is an indication of water ingress. You can even bring a marine surveyor with you to help you with inspecting the engine for assurance.
Faulty Electrical system
Boat rewiring is a big task and costly and so this is something you will have to inspect carefully. Switch on all the electrical items on board, including navigation systems and light switches, ensuring they are in good condition. This gives you a good idea of the condition of the boat’s wiring.
A leaking boat can be very dangerous. You do not want to find yourself in the middle of the sea tracing where a leak is coming from. Therefore, before buying a used boat, spray it with a good amount of water, get in the boat and start inspecting if any water managed to get in.
Looking for hidden issues on a used boat should not demoralize you. Instead, it should encourage you to know that you are doing everything possible to get a good boat worthy of your money.