Tips on Buying a Boat
Buying a boat is a big commitment, and at Mikelson Yachts, we know that choosing a boat is not a decision to be taken lightly. These are investments you will have for the long haul, and making a good decision from the get-go ensures you will be happy and satisfied with your choice for years to come. Below are some helpful tips to consider when beginning your boat-buying journey.
Determine what you want your boat to be for you.
- Are you going to use it for cruising? Fishing? Water sports? A mix of those, or something completely different? Once you determine what exactly you’ll use your boat for, you can tailor your search to the type of boat that perfectly suits your need.
Weigh the pros and cons of new vs. pre-owned boats.
- There are pros and cons to purchasing both new and pre-owned boats. Typically, pre-owned boats are on the less-expensive side, but you want to make sure you are purchasing them from a reputable source. Lucky for you, Mikelson Yachts has a great brokerage group of pre-owned Mikelson yachts for you to browse, with complete stats and information on hand available for your close review.
Record detailed information about all the boats you see.
- When doing your research, you will probably see many boats in your search for the perfect one. Take pictures, notes, test drives, and visually inspect every inch of it that you can. No boat is exactly the same as another, and finding a boat that fits your specifications is possible, and exciting.
Consider the cost of ownership.
- With a boat, you can’t just buy it and then be done with it. There are fees associated with owning a boat: yearly registration fees, fuel, maintenance, major repairs, docking fees, accessory additions, and more. Make sure you budget for these things in advance — you don’t want to buy your boat and then six months later not have enough for the upkeep.
Ready to jump into your yacht-buying journey? Come visit us here at Mikelson Yachts! With boats ranging from our Mikelson 43 Zeus Sportfisher, all the way to our Mikelson 75 Long-Range Luxury Sportfisher, we have great options for you. We also have a brokerage group that brokers the sale of pre-owned Mikelson Yachts, which is another great option. We are semi-custom yacht builders proudly building and selling for Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Arizona, California, Catalina, Cabo San Lucas, Las Vegas, and more! Come visit us today, or request information. We’d be happy to answer any of your questions.