How To Buy A Used Boat

Buying a used boat is a sound decision today as inflation is dramatically over pricing new boats and limited part supplies are reducing equipment options and forces manufacturers to build to the supply chain and not customer needs.

Buying a used boat is very different from that of buying a new boat. Each one is unique so knowing a bit more about the process will give you a successful purchase and ownership experience,

We believe that educating you on how to buy a used boat is the first step in the process.  Knowing what you’re doing makes your experience less frustrating and confusing and saves you time and money. Along with our educational webinars and free boating resources, our licensed brokers have many years of transactional experience and great customer service skills.

We offer free downloads to guide you through the many areas of the buying process:

We offer a free, live monthly webinar on How To Buy A Used Boat to help you gain the important boating education you need to understand how to buy a used boat and understand how marine surveys work so you pick the best surveyor and understand what you’re getting.

Used Boat Buying Tips

How To Get The Best Value

A used boat offers great value if you know how to evaluate the boat, its condition, and history. Having the right knowledge of the process and the possible pitfalls is critical to a successful used boat buying and ownership experience.

A used boat can offer a bit more boat for your money while still staying within your budget.  A bad used boat purchase can be very costly and time-consuming so it pays to educate yourself.

Here are some simple yet important tips to help you get started.

Whether you’re considering buying a used sailboat or used power boat, start by considering how you’re going to use it and then find a good yacht broker (us!) to help you find the best fit in a used boat for your needs.

Your broker should take the time to help you figure out what you really want/need in your boat and how to achieve your boating goals. What’s on the market and what’s on your want list oftentimes don’t match, many times don’t match. Your broker should be able to offer options and knowledge of brands and features to get you close to what you want and need.

Everyone’s first instinct is to search the internet for used boats. This is helpful at first but soon it can leave you feeling confused and overwhelmed by so many boat choices, prices, and lack of information. This is when expert advice becomes vital. Your broker can curate a list that will keep you focused and on the path.

When you start looking at boats, make sure you inspect the boat and see beneath the surface.  Engine rooms, bilges and storage spaces can reveal a lot about the maintenance of the boat. Ask for a history of the boat, recent upgrades.

You won’t be able to start the engines or take the boat out on a test run until you make an offer on the boat. This will be one of the purchase contingencies.

Spend time on the boat in the mindset of how you would use it. Does it fit how you and your family boat? Can you see yourself on board using it?

We have the full process on how to buy a used boat and everything you need to know in our webinar. Click the link below to join.

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Save Time and Money

A bad used boat purchase can be very costly and time-consuming. Your costs can be substantial – you’ll not only lose money but also valuable time that could be spent boating or enjoying life rather than on finding solutions to frustrating problems. We help you with the hard stuff so you can have the best possible boating experience. When you choose Passage Nautical to represent you in your used boat buying process, you’re getting more than just a broker. You’re getting a catered experience that fits your needs.

At Passage Nautical our mission and the cornerstone of our business is to help boat buyers like you have a successful experience. We want to make sure your boat buying journey starts out right from the very beginning.

We believe that educating you on the process of how to buy a used boat is the first step (we’re big on the “teach a (wo)man to fish” motto).  It makes your experience less frustrating, confusing, and saves you time and money. Along with our educational webinars and free boating resources, our licensed brokers have many years of transactional experience, online resources, worldwide listing access, loan and insurance references, and great customer service skills. But that’s not all.

We also have a fully staffed service department to help you with after-sales repairs and boat maintenance. We even have a boating school so you can get trained on the boat you buy so you feel safe and confident in your new boating lifestyle. Our business model is made with you in mind during every step of your buying process.

Explore our inventory of used boats for sale or contact us with any questions.