First time boat buyer advice



  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 9,217 Admiral
    People use statistics the way a drunk uses a street light, for support rather than illumination.
  • sandy1147sandy1147 Posts: 146 Deckhand
    Man, if I was ready to pull the trigger now, I'd have to check that out. I'll definitely check the used market out when I'm ready. Also good to see how well it held it's value. 
  • tesilentialtesilential Posts: 15 Greenhorn
    I have a 2000 KW 1720 I bought last November. I run it all over Tampa Bay, have done 80 miles in a day and 50 miles plenty of times. It's awesome, but I personally would not buy one brand new. You can spend 1/3 of that and get a nice 1720.

    If I had $30,000 burning a hole in my pocket I'd buy a newer used seafox 22' or other non-glamour branded bay boat with T-top or an older pathfinder 22'.
  • m9000m9000 Posts: 1,999 Captain
    Get the highest load capacity tires for the size tire that will fit the trailer.  
  • phillygphillyg Posts: 2 Greenhorn
    I'd recommend looking at used boats, too.  There are a lot of nice ones out there without paying the premium for new.  The biggest problem with used in my experience is trailer maintenance.  Frequent use in salt water kills them.  So if you buy used, make sure you like the trailer as well as the boat.
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