I recenty bought my first boat, Ill tell you what I learned. If you know about boats, go over every inch of it. If you think you know about boats bring someone who does know boats and have them go over it. If you dont know about boats, get a survey
I thought I knew enough about boats.
I didnt get a survey, I bought a cheap
older boat that needed work, I knew that going in. I didnt plan on repairing the hull
and having it bottom painted, and replaceing the prop strut, prop shaft and and and i nthe first month. Ive put 50% of purchase price
back into it just to make it so I feel ok and safe about it. Did I get hosed, no I got a good deal, Im very happy with the boat and now I know everything was done right (by me) and i have been over about every inch of it and know what I have to look forward to.
Some one with out the knowledge to do fiberglass
or mechanical repairs
would have been in bad shape.
Anything you want to buy for a boat is twice as expensive as you think it should be. I bought a starter switch from autozone for 15.99 it lasted 2 months. Then I bought the 39.99 one from west marine
Boats are expensive, IF your not using it 6-7 times a month, stick with renting
You will have less stress less headache and a nicer boat, and problay more money in your pocket