Test Drive the Workboat Like a car, a workboat should also be taken for a test drive. Once you think you have found the workboat that you would like to purchase, it is a good idea to see how it handles on the water. Here you can see if you enjoy the way that it rides and if it is right for you. There are certain tests that you should do while out on the water. Check to the engine to see if they are warm before turning on the ignition. If it is, the owner may have started it up prior to your arrival. This would be done to hide the fact that the workboat may have trouble starting. The bilge should be checked at the beginning and end of the test drive for any oil leaks. While in the dock, maneuver the workboat around in forward and reverse to check for response time. Check for bow steering while at slow speeds, and record how long it takes the workboat to plane at high speeds. Take several turns; wide and tight at various speeds. If the bow of the workboat bounces on straight runs, adjusting the trim should be able to fix the problem. Check to see how smoothly the workboat handles waves and wakes. You do not want the side to side rolling. You should also be observing how well the gauges and instruments are working, as well as the oil pressure. The engine should be run long enough to check for overheating. Purchasing the Workboat Make sure to check around for prices and follow blue book pricing guides. This will help you negotiate the best price for your workboat. Once you have the price you are satisfied with, have the owner put it in writing. This will eliminate any problems with price changes before the sale is complete. This agreement should also list terms, as well as the accessories that are included in the price. If you are buying a new workboat, contact several lenders to get the best deal on financing. A few more things after the purchase of a workboat It is a good idea to take a workboat safety course. Even if you are familiar with the water, and have been on numerous workboats in the past; you should take the course. There are safely tips to follow to make sure that you have a fun and safe summer on your workboat. You are now the proud owner of a workboat that is new to you. When insuring your workboat, it is very important to include the survey and inspection if you have one. Register your workboat and apply for a new registration sticker. Title your workboat in your own name; if it was previously owned it will need to be re-titled. Pay your sales taxes. Get your workboat inspected by the local Coast Guard and display the sticker on the port side window. Preparing yourself by setting a budget is important. Owning a workboat can get expensive. Plan out what added expenses you feel are necessary for your workboat and don't forget the cost of fuel. Following money-saving tips will help you stick to your budget. If you are not an experienced workboat, your first trip on the water should be with one. They can show you helpful things like turns, docking, and trailering. They will help you to feel more comfortable and confident enough to be on your own. Make sure you are equipped with the necessities. Keep a tool kit, first aid kit, documentation, light bulbs, fuses, and manuals on board. Get out on the water and enjoy your new workboat!