Before you rush out to buy that boat you fell in love with, it might be better served if you took the time to be certain you fall in love with that boating lifestyle first. The internet auction websites are littered with boats for sale by sellers who made that impulse purchase and now wish they could just get out of the deal before they go broke.
Here are some ways to make certain the boating lifestyle is for you:
Go call a friend who owns a boat and ask if you can tag along morning til night the next time they decide to take their boat out to entertain friends. Now you will see all that goes into getting the boat to the docks, getting it ready for the day, and how it must be cared for even after the trip is over. A lot goes into simply cruising the seas, so make sure you see it first-hand.
Subscribe to a boating magazine, this is a very cheap way to find out all about the boating lifestyle. If you are not sure you want to commit to a magazine subscription, head over to the local library and you can read these magazines for free. They are packed with all the good, bad, and ugly of owning a boat.
Go to Facebook and join some local boating groups. Here you will hear all about the best of times people are having with their boats, and you may even find some great deals on boats that sellers are trying to unload to the community.
There are plenty of boating discussion boards all over the internet and site with useful information like boatmo.com. Join and say hello and then pick their brains. These folks are more than happy to welcome you aboard and fill you in on all the great things about owning a boat as well as things to steer clear of along the way. You could make some real friends here who can meet up with you and help you along your boating journey in the even you ever need help.
Go buy a ticket to a local boating show and spend the day asking as many questions as possible too. Remember you have a captive audience that day so make it count.
Now you should have a better idea if the boating lifestyle is for you. At the very least, you also found five new sources for deals on boats when you are ready to make that purchase.