Want to hear some arguments for buying a pre-owned boat? No problem! Just like with buying a car, a new boat diminishes in value the minute it leaves the dealership. Additionally, today’s boats are built from fiberglass and aluminum – materials that stand up to the elements a lot longer than they used to. And, in Florida, there are a vast amount of used boats on the market, putting you in a great position as a buyer. The more used boats there are, the more there are to choose from, the less they are in demand, and, subsequently, the less they cost.
Here are some tips for buying a pre-owned boat:
First, do some research to compare boats and prices to get a good feel for the market. Then, when you are on-site checking out boats, look for signs of neglect and fixed hull cracks. Check for problems with the engine, electrical system, pumps and saturation. Does the boat sit level in the water? Ask important questions such as how many owners, what problems were fixed, when it was last used and how it was stored. If, after all that, you want to buy the boat, have the boat surveyed by a professional. And, the number one way to ensure that you are happy with your pre-owned boat is to purchase it through a reputable dealer.
Gerry’s Marina, meeting Central Florida’s boating needs for over 23 years, is THE place to go for an enormous selection of preowned boats to fit anyone’s boating needs and budget. Voted “Central Florida’s Best Boat Dealer” by Daytona Beach News Journal readers, Gerry’s Marina also offers a large inventory of new boats, including Bennington pontoons and Sportsman. We are a Yamaha 5 Star dealer with a Yamaha Master Technician on-site. Gerry’s Marina is rated one of the best full-service marinas on the Florida shoreline, and we provide a complete line of boat parts and accessories. We also offer Magic Tilt trailers, award winning customer service and so much more! Gerry’s Marina is conveniently located at 179 North Causeway in New Smyrna Beach.