5.) If you will be fishing inshore, offshore, or A little bit of both?
If inshore angling is your thing, make you that you look for an 18- to 20-foot flats boat to fish in the shallow waters. If you think you want to chase tailing fish in one foot of water or less, then a technical poling skiff — small (15 to 17 feet) and extremely lightweight — is just what you’re looking for, even though it only has two or maybe three anglers maximum. If you’d think you would rather fish offshore, there are center consoles, walkarounds, cuddy cabins and others to keep in mind. And if you want the opportunity to fish both inshore and off, back to back, you’ll probably be way more comfortable with a bay boat, one of the versatile 21- to 26-foot hybrids with a shallow draft and with a deep enough V so it can easily rip through the waves.
4.) Whether You Will take the family out, or will it just be you and a friend or two
The answer to this helps you estimate the size of the boat and the initial layout that you’ll want to be looking for. For example, a center console with spacious cockpit affords anglers, room to cast or set out lines without getting in the way of each other and track a hooked fish all around the surrounding areas of the boat, that being said, it’s most certainly perfect for hardcore fishing. But a walk around the area along with a small cabin, head compartment and forward seating, is much more advisable to the modern young family, and it works as the perfect compromise.
3.) Gas Vs. Diesel
Just within the size range of 25-35 feet, it is a commonly known legend that diesel it saves more energy than gas does. After almost four years, diesel engines have become much more pricey to own and maintain. When a gas engine breaks down, it can be rebuilt or replaced for probably a few thousand dollars or so while the costs of diesel overhauls’ measurements are in the tens of thousands. Unless one really wants to get a lot of use out of his boat, gas engines are probably a better choice for boats up to 35 feet.
2.) Test Ride
Once you have decided on which boat you want, it is always advised to ask if you can take it out for one test ride. Let’s be real, this yacht is going to be a huge investment, so it’s better to take a test drive before you go ahead and buy. Sellers may sometimes charge for the test ride, but if you’re lucky and have a nice seller or have really good charm skills, you can get the dealer to waive this.
1.) Know Your Requirements
This is really more of a big list of questions. How big do you want your yacht to be? Will you use it for traveling, or are you going to lease it out? How many people do you expect to have? Do you prefer speed or a luxury cruise? How much money are you willing to spend? These are some of the questions you need to ask yourself before you start hunting for a yacht. Once you know what you want, though, it becomes a lot easier to find something that fits those goals.
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