3 Things to Look for When Buying a Used Fiberglass Boat

Buying any kind of boat is a significant investment. However, if you are on a budget and you get across something that looks like a good deal, you could save a lot of money buying used, instead of a new boat.

When it comes to buying a used fiberglass boat, there are some things you must check before making the final decision.

You do not want to rush things and just hand over your money before you make through inspection and water test. Visual inspection is the fastest way to check for any kind of damage or misuse.

But you should never buy a used boat before proper water test also.

With the right instructions, it is not that hard to check some basic, yet important parts, that can make all the difference between a good investment and buying a complete garbage.


Moreover, most of the stuff you can inspect right on sight, without the boat in the water or any tools.

If you notice anything drastically out of order, don't hesitate to give up from purchase. You are on the mission to find the perfect boat for you, not to buy a frustration that will hunt you.

Here are some basic, must check things that you can start with:

The outdrive or lower unit:

Start with the outdrive or lower unit. Watch for any kind of excessive corrosion.

Check the prop and make sure that is in good shape. Spin it and inspect all of the different leaves are straight.

Take a good look at the rudder. Check if it has any kind of damage on it, like dents or cracks.

Don't be afraid to try to move it and see if everything is sturdy enough.

Check water pickups for gunk and inspect how clean they are.

The aesthetics:

Inspect the side of the boat and gel coat. Look for scratches and damages. Pay attention to the gel coat, if it is too damaged it usually a sign that boat needs a more in-depth inspection.

Check the front of the boat to see if it was beached and how damaged the first layer of gel coal is.

Pay attention to the rub real; it will show you how the previous owner was driving the boat.

The engine:

Check the motor like you would in your own vehicle. Be sure to look for any excessive corrosion. Depending on how old and maintained boat is, there will be some corrosion, but you do not want to buy something in horrible shape.

And of course, do a water test. A water test is essential to making sure that everything is in the place and working fine. Take it for a ride and turn on all the systems.

Bonus tip:

Buying a boat is a significant investment and don't hesitate to ask for help from someone more experienced.

Even if you have to pay a pro mechanic or expert, the price is small in comparison how much could cost you a bad investment. So, don't be afraid to ask for help, it will pay off oi the long run.

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