When considering whether to buy a boat, the first step is to find a reputable boat brokerage in Thailand. There are a few things you should ask your broker about before making a purchase:
Choosing The Right Boat
Size – Think about the size of the boat you will need for fishing and travel purposes. Will you be travelling frequently? How often do you plan to fish? Will you plan to anchor the boat or stay at a marina? If you are going to be using it to travel long distances, you will want a larger boat with more storage capacity. For recreational fishing, a smaller boat will do just fine. Make sure your broker knows your needs and can help you choose the right boat for your needs.
What Are Your Maintenance Costs?
Decide how you intend to use your boat. If you plan to keep it moored at a marina, most of the maintenance will be done for you by the marina staff. If you want to keep your boat in the water, you will need to take care of routine maintenance yourself. Make sure to ask a broker what the average costs are to keep your boat in working order. This will help you get a clear idea of how much it will cost to own and maintain your boat over time.
What Is Your Warranty?
Most boat manufacturers offer a warranty on their products. The warranty will cover the cost of repairs or replacement if the boat is damaged or defective. How long the warranty lasts will vary depending on the manufacturer and the type of boat you purchase. Make sure to ask about the warranty before you buy your boat. This will give you peace of mind knowing you are protected against unexpected repairs and replacement costs.
What is Your Return Policy?
There are some used boats on the market that are no longer covered under the manufacturer’s warranty. Before buying a used boat, make sure it is still under warranty and find out what conditions must be met in order to receive the warranty benefits. You will also want to know if the seller will honour the warranty if the owner no longer wants to deal with the owner or the dealership.
What is Your Fuel Efficiency?
Ask if the vessel has sea chests or no keels and therefore is a poor performer in the wind. Find out what type of fuel it uses and how much it will cost to fuel it on a regular basis. Also find out the maximum distance the boat can travel on a single tank of fuel. If you plan on boating long distances, fuel efficiency will be an important factor in your decision.