How to Find the Best Fishing Boat
The sun will rise and the weather will be crisp. You are packaging your tackle box, picking up your pole and buying some worms. You make your way to the fishing dock dreaming you had the perfect fishing boat so you were no longer landlocked. Now that dream can come true with these 4 easy tips to find and buy the perfect fishing boat!
What’s Your Goal for the Fishing Boat
Have a clear understanding of the fishing boat‘s purpose. Obviously, the boat will be used for fishing, but will it be used on oceans or in lakes? Day trips or stays overnight? If you play to stay overnight in your boat, be sure to choose a boat with a hull that will allow you to ride the waves much better than a boat without one.
Know Your Budget
Make sure you have a clear understanding of your budget. Boats are items that are very expensive. Before you take on the extra burden of buying a boat, you should know your finances well. Boats with hulls for overnight stays and raw waters are obviously more expensive than small boats for small lakes. Know your limits.
Read and fully understand the warranties before making a purchase. A guarantee can be your best friend. Make sure the dealer you buy the kayak from offers you the proper coverage in case there are any defects or problems with your boat. You don’t want to end up having to pay huge amounts to fix your boat because you forgot to check out the guarantees!
Make sure the boat has proper certification. The NMMA or the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association is an organization that filters and test through boats that are manufactured by different companies. They only certify those boats that pass their rigorous tests. Any NMMA certified boat is one that you would feel safe to own.
Like cars, boats must also be registered. Be prepared to register your boat like your vehicle (i.e. paying money). In addition to that expense, you now have to store your boat with life jackets, brand new fishing gear, food and a cooler so you can catch fishing!