Table Of Contents
Page 5…..Assessing Your Boating Needs
Page 9…..Different Types of Powerboats
Page 12…..Inboard Engines
Page 13…..Outboard Engines
Page 14…..Inboard/Outboard Engines (I/O)
Page 16…..Different Types of Hulls
Page 18…..Different Types of Hull Material
Page 20…..The Electrical System
Page 23…..The Fresh Water System
Page 25…..Marine Navigation System
Page 28…..Other Systems To Consider
Page 32…..Power Boat Accessories
Page 34…..New vs. Used Power Boats
Page 36…..Common Safety Equipment
Page 42…..The Importance of Training
Page 44…..Super Yachts
Page 46…..Buyer’s Checklist
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So, you are ready to buy your very first powerboat! How exciting! You can probably already see yourself out on the high seas, enjoying the wind, the sun, and the waves – doing what you know you love – boating!
The first question you may ask when you arrive at the dealership will most likely be ‘how much does it cost?’ But this really isn’t the first thing to consider. Neither is ‘how fast does it go?’
While these are questions that need to be asked at some point, they aren’t the first things to consider. A great deal of thought and research needs to go into purchasing a power boat – even if it isn’t your first one! There are many decisions to be made.
First, you need to understand that certain elements of a power boat have a huge effect on the boats performance, handling, and safety. Not taking these things into consideration could result in a disaster on the open seas that you don’t even want to think about right now. Let’s just say that not taking the time to select the right boat for your boating needs could result in a tragedy, such as death.
That’s what this guide is for – to help you learn everything you need to learn in order to make the right decisions when you go power boat shopping. By the time you finish studying this guide, you will arrive at the boat dealership well-prepared, and while you will still have plenty of questions of your own to ask, such as ‘how much is it?’ and ‘how fast does it go?’ you will be able to answer all of the questions that the salesman needs to ask you as well. Together, with help from your salesman, it won’t take very long at all to find and buy the perfect power boat for you.
Just so that we are on the same page, so to speak, let’s start by defining exactly what a power boat is. A powerboat is any boat or water vessel that is powered by an engine.
The engine may be an inboard engine, and inboard/outboard engine, or an outboard engine. The engine may be powered by gas or diesel fuel, but diesel fuel is usually used for larger powerboats.
Steam is another method of powering a powerboat, and the first powerboat was in fact a steamboat. Obviously, this method of powering boats is out-dated and no longer used.
Powerboats are typically between 10 and 220 feet long, and Yachts, which are considered to be powerboats, may be even longer. The price for powerboats can cost as little as $2000 for a small, used boat, on up into the millions for Yachts. Depending on the type of powerboat you buy, there may be sleeping capacity for 0 to 10 people on board.
It is important to shop around. Don’t buy the first boat that you see at the first dealer you visit. Visit other dealers in your area, or even in other towns. Check out dealers websites online. Take a look at the used boats that are for sale as well – you may find a stellar deal!Other Details
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