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Purchasing a new boat should be a time of excitement and anticipation. Every one is unique and has a range of wants and needs influencing the type of vessel most suited to them. If you have been involved in boating for numerous years you will be familiar with its many aspects and have a good idea on the specifications you are after. However, if this is your first time purchasing a boat we would like to offer some basic advice to think about.

The very first thing to consider is what marine environment you are planning to use your new boat in. Will you be fishing lakes and impoundments? Maybe creeks and estuaries? Or perhaps offshore? The type of activities you plan to partake in also play an equally important role in the design and layout of the model you will choose. For instance, flicking lures will require a different layout than if you’re objective is bottom fishing.

Engine requirements also play an important part in your boat choice. Most boat manufacturers will usually list a recommended minimum and maximum horsepower rating as well as engine weight on each model of boat. While you can not legally exceed the maximum horsepower rating, under powering a boat can also be detrimental to overall performance and safety. Some factors to take into account are as follows:-

  1. Weight of the boat
  2. Amount of fuel on board
  3. How many people on board
  4. Weight of accessories
  5. Distance to and from destination

Hull performance can be spoilt by an incorrectly fitted or trimmed engine. If you are new to boating and have had little experience with outboard engines, your dealer (or manufacturer) will guide you with the correct engine transom position and explain about motor trimming. In this instance going for a water test is also strongly advisable.

While the model and engine horsepower must be considered if you intend to carry a big load, how the load is distributed is equally important. Too much weight in one area may compromise the boats performance and safety on the water.Choosing a new trailer is just as significant as choosing a suitable boat and engine. The specifications of a trailer can vary considerably but should be able to accommodate the weight of the boat, engine, a full tank of fuel and any other equipment that would normally be brought along. Incorrect trailer set up is one of the major causes of boat damage, so it is important when deciding on a trailer to consider several factors:-

  1. The distance you will be travelling
  2. The type of road surface you will be towing on
  3. Where the boat will be launched
  4. Vehicle towing capacity
  5. Hull type (e.g. Pressed or Plate bottoms)
  6. Hull weight

Remember, do not be afraid to ask questions, it is crucial that you are happy with all information sourced, after all this is your dream purchase so it is important to purchase wisely. Another hint for those new to boating or even if you wish to be up to date with current boating guidelines, is to obtain a Transport Department Marine Safety Hand book, so as to always play safe on our waterways.

We hope the information we have provided helps you along in your decision process when purchasing a new boat or boat package. Boating is a terrific past time that can be enjoyed by all ages and purchasing a new boat should definitely be part of it.

Hope to see you on the water soon…… Happy Boating!