Are you looking to buy a boat?

Are you looking to buy a boat?

5 tips on how to buy a boat

Are you looking to buy a boat? The summer has started and what is more fun than relaxing and enjoying your time on the water with family or friends?

Purchasing a boat, new or used, takes some time and preparation. With these tips and tricks, we would like to help you to find your dream boat! 

Tip 1: Important first questions

First of all, to start off your search, it is important to think about what kind of boat will fit your needs and wishes. Here are some questions that might be helpful:

How would I like to use my boat?
Do you want to be able to sleep on your boat? Then a cabin cruiser is a perfect match. There are many different boats with a cabin. Every cabin boat has a different level of comfort, depending on the size and interior. Are you looking for a cabin cruiser for a weekend getaway or for longer trips? For shorter daytrips, you can consider an open moterboat.


Where do I want to use my boat?
Depending on if you want to sail on the French Côte d’Azur, the Mediterranean Sea or smaller waters in your home town, your boat should be suitable for the types of waters you want to explore. Not every boat is seaworthy or suitable to use on small waters. This depends for example on the size, maximum speed and draft of the boat.

What is my budget?
This does not only include the purchase amount of the boat, but also other maintenance costs should be considered. To enjoy your boat as long as possible, regular maintenance is important. There are also annual costs for mooring and winter storage. You can also consider an insurance. This is not mandatory but can be a save option for protection against fire, storm, theft or burglary. 

Tip 2: New or used?

There is not a straightforward answer to the question of buying a new or pre-owned boat. This depends on your budget and wishes. The most important pro’s of purchasing a new boat, is that it can be custom-made to your wishes, has a long warranty and is more stable in value compared to pre-owned.

On the other hand, the pro of purchasing a pre-owned boat is the price. Used boats are cheaper in purchase and insurance, but might also need more maintenance. 

The consideration purchasing a new or used boat, depends on the available budget and how much you value warranty and service. 

Tip 3: Orientate

There is a wide range of boats to choose from; power boats, cruisers, cabin cruisers, yachts, motorboats or sailboats.

To start your orientation, there is many information available online and in magazines for inspiration. You can also visit a boat show, for example the HISWA in Amsterdam.

If you have a better understanding of your wishes for your dream boat, you can always contact one of our experts for personal advice. 

Tip 4: Practical tips

Do I need a certificate?
In the Netherlands, a certificate is necessary if a boat is longer than 15 meters or speeds faster than 20 kilometers per hour.

Is the boat trailerable?
When you purchase a boat across country or international, it is good to know if the boat can be transported by trailer. 

Is the boat certified?
Since 1996 it is necessary for all recreational boats between 2,5 and 24 meter to have an CE certification. This certification indicates that the boat meet the European product safety, health and environment requirements.

Tip 5: Try before you buy

A test drive is the best way to find out if a certain boat is the right choice. You can test the boat on user friendliness and facilities. When you book a test drive you can look for the stability, the steerability and cruising characteristics.  By testing different boats, it is easier to compare different types.

Are you interested in a test drive? Or do you want to speak to one of our experts to see what we can do for you? 

Don't hesitate to contact us