How To Buy A Ski Boat

If you're looking to learn how to buy a ski boat, you're in the right spot. Ski boats, with their fast engines, can be a blast to own but you need to be aware of some pitfalls before jumping in to make the purchase.

  1. Decide on the purpose of the boat. Do you want to buy a ski boat to strictly pull one skier or will multiple skiers be an option? Will you be pulling water toys, such as tubes or banana boats or knee-boards?
  2. Decide on the engine type. Ski boats come with inboard, outboard, or inboard/outboard engine combinations. If you're going to have a lot of loose rope in the water, an outboard engine can easily get tangled so consider an inboard instead.
  3. Know where you'll use the ski boat. If you're going to be on a bay or ocean where water will be choppy, you're going to need a more stable bottomed boat with a closed bow. You do not want chop coming into an open bow boat. However, if your ski boat will be used on a lake or large pond, an open center console boat might fit the bill.
  4. Know your budget. Before you even go looking at ski boats, know what you can reasonably afford to spend. Factor in insurance, gas (some of the faster boats go through a lot of gas an hour), maintenance, slip fees (if kept in a marina) or the cost of a trailer if trailerable.
  5. Research, research, research. A lot of boaters will tell you that the happiest days of their lives are the days they buy a boat and the days they sell a boat. Boats are a large investment, but, with enough research and knowledge under your belt, you can be anchors aweigh on the boat of your dreams.



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