What to ask when buying a Workboat Part I

Are you planning on purchasing a new workboat? Whether you are a first-time workboat owner or have been navigating the waters for decades, there are a few steps you should take. As exciting as it is; buying a new workboat is not something that you should just jump into. Consult the large inventory at Ocean Marine Brokerage and see if you can find the right type of workboat for your needs. Also, call and speak with one of our knowledgeable marine workboat specialists. 985-448-0409

You need to decide which workboat is right for you and your needs. Take into consideration what you will be using the workboat for, who will be going with you, and where you will be taking your workboat. You can find this information by reading articles about different types of workboats, researching workboats websites like Ocean Marine Brokerage, and looking through workboat review magazines. workboat shows are an excellent way to learn about workboat styles, sizes, engines, and equipment. Reading opinions and experiences that other people have with workboats may sway your decision or give you ideas.

What size workboat should I get?

Deciding what size workboat you need is important. You do not want to get a workboat that is too small for the intended use, or one that is too big for just taking you fishing. Bigger workboats will usually have more amenities such as cabins, toilets, and galleys. However, this means that there are more systems that need to be understood and maintained. Some workboats are too big to be trailered, which leads to transportation issues. They will also take more gas to operate.

New or Used workboat?

Decide whether you want a workboat that has never hit the water or one that has had a little experience. Buying both new and used workboats has its pros and cons, like anything else. Whether you are buying new or used; shop around before making your big purchase.

If you buy a new workboat, you know that it does not already have problems or repairs that need to be made. If anything goes wrong with the workboat once you own it, it is under warranty. Buying new also allows you to custom order according to your specific needs and wants. There are financing options when buying a new workboat, which allows for better interest rates and deals. If you buy new, make sure that you address any problems that come up while the warranty is still in effect.

If it is a seasoned workboat that you are looking for; then buying used is your best option. Used workboats are good for workboats who are not sure what they want to do on the workboat. If you are on a budget, buying used is less expensive than new. You may not find exactly what you want in a used workboat, which leads to added expenses to customize later. Before buying your used workboat, get a marine survey, and have the workboat inspected. This will check for structural damage or mechanical problems that the owner failed to mention, or may not have known about. They will also be able to detect whether the workboat will need repair in the near future. With this information, you can make an educated decision on whether buying used will really save you more money.

Make sure that the dealer you are buying your workboat from is reputable. Checking around and asking for advice will only help you in the long run. It is very important to check the dealer/seller for proof of ownership. You do not want to buy a workboat that is stolen. If you feel as though you need help researching and purchasing your workboat, you may want to hire a yacht broker. They will help you determine which workboat is best for you, negotiate deals and arrange to finance.