Originally Posted by cnyifei
1st boat buyer, looking for a power boat
with 2 kids
I have done some research
on yachetworld, seems the sea ray have most boat used boats for sale
is 500K, but 400K with the boat will be comfortable as the rest for the gas & maintenance.
Cant decide a new sea ray 370 venture between a preowned mid-2000 450 sedan bridge.
Any one give some suggestion?
I am also open to other choice.
New boats depreciate pretty much like bricks: gravity works.
You see lots of Sea Rays because they make and sell lots of boats. And it's a decent mid-range brand.
It's not unreasonable to look at new-ish boats to find what models/features you might like... then go shopping
for an older (pre-owned, aka used) version of that same boat.
Boats are complicated, so it's standard procedure to have a marine survey
(inspection) and a mechanical survey
(engine and genset inspection) done before finalizing the deal. Deal is contingent on good reports, and/or cost of fixes can be negotiated some more.
fuel is less expensive and gives better economy than gas... but diesel engines cost a lot more up front. If you might use the boat a lot, maybe diesels are better. If you might sit at the dock a lot, maybe gas is fine.
When viewing a boat, imagine how you might use it. By "imagine" I mean walk yourself through each process of doing something while on board.
Imagine going to bed
at night. When do you put your clothes? Shoes? How easy is it to crawl into or out of that berth.
Or "imagine" fixing breakfast. Where's the skillet? Room for a toaster? Is the cooktop big enough? Is there an oven
, for those nifty sweet rolls?
Or servicing the engine
. Can you get there? Can you reach all the zinc anodes and replace easily? Can you change the water
pump impeller easily? What about oil
changes? Is it easy to add coolant
? Or does all that require a small boy with special training and special tools, working behind engines upside down while whistling Dixie?
And so forth... for every individual maintenance/service task, for every basic living function, for all the fun stuff...