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the time late October rolls around a high percentage of anglers are
probably thinking of winterizing their boats or hunting.
Making a fall purchase of a new boat just does not seem
practical at this time of year, or so I thought.
and Kent brought up a couple of points that made me change my mind
about the best time to purchase a new boat.
We talked about the natural rise in material costs after
January. Letís use the
fall of 2006 as an example. We
are already seeing a huge increase in the cost of aluminum.
Petroleum based materials like plastics are also increasing in
price. If you ordered a
new boat late in the year, October for example, you would still be
ordering off the 2006 price sheets, but the boat would be a 2007
model. If new options
became available once the 2007 product line went into production, you
would probably not have those on the rig you ordered, but the boat
would be a 2007 model. George
also said it was a great time of the year to take advantage of any
dealershipís stock reduction sales.
These are new boats that the dealership ordered for one reason
or another and have not yet sold.
Most dealerships like to reduce the current year inventory by
winter, as the spring boat show circuit starts around February, and
they will be taking possession of the next yearís models around that
also mentioned that a lot of Ranger Pro-staff boats and dealership
demo boats become available in the fall.
George and Kent agreed that glass and aluminum boats are holding their
value pretty much equally.
closing our discussion,
youíre thinking of a new boat or a first boat, maybe the fall is a
better time to buy than the spring.
We know that a new boat ordered or purchased in the fall will
certainly be there for you in the spring.
There will be no waiting and gnashing of teeth, hoping your new
boat arrives prior to the first planned outing.
Have a safe fall and we hope to see you on the water.
author, Wayne Ek is a fishing guide, writer and tournament angler from