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boat show season usually starts around the end of January and by March
it is in full swing. It
can be great fun to wander down the aisles of any boat show looking at
all the new boats, motors and accessories.
But if you’re in the market to purchase a new boat can you
really get a better deal at a show or is it all hype?
And if you can get a better deal at a show, what are some of
the things a buyer should be considering before buying a new boat
during a boat show.
fall I did an article on some of the advantages of purchasing a boat
late in the fall season. To get some information on boat show
purchases I went right back to the same source of information.
Kent Scheel is the Ranger/Stratos line manager for
Crystal-Pierz Marine, and was very helpful with that article and now
Kent said that a serious buyer should have a price range that they want to work within, but it is unwise to get caught up in the “cheaper is better” mentality. In the long run it has been proven time and time again that cheaper is not better. It’s more important to focus on the reliability, quality and warranty of a boat rather than the bottom line cost.
old adage “ you get what you pay for” definitely holds true on
boat purchases. Reliability,
quality and warranty are the factors that make owning and using a boat
a pleasure rather than a headache.
And down the road they will also add to the resale value of
that boat, especially if there is a transferable warranty. I believe
that purchasing a boat from one of the major manufacturers like Ranger
Boats ensures that you will be purchasing quality in both the
craftsmanship and materials used to build your boat.
And with the state-of the-art technology used in modern day
boat building you are assured of reliability in all components.
Also, by purchasing a quality boat from a leading manufacturer
you will get a better warranty and the boat will have a greater resale
value down the road.
in the entry level boat market, which historically has been comprised
mainly of aluminum boats and where the big question always was “
which is better welded or riveted hulls” the answer now is
neither… glass seems to be the trend today.
Crystal-Pierz and Ranger will have boat show incentives this year
you’re purchasing your first boat or have purchased boats in the
past there are other things that need to be taken into consideration.
Such as, will my current vehicle be able to tow this boat
(unless of course you’re looking for an excuse to purchase a new
truck). Or will this new
20 footer fit in the garage? It
would be nice to know this before pulling up in the driveway with your
new pride and joy. If you
have to store the rig outside all year, it’s important that you know
it will fit in the side yard or back yard.
Will you have to lease winter storage space for the boat?
It’s a good idea to check on storage availability and cost now
rather than later.
are always additional items to purchase whenever you get a new boat.
Most boaters will need one or two mooring lines.
Also, you will need an anchor and anchor rope.
There are life-vests to purchase and probably a couple of boat
cushions. On larger boats
most people will want to have a couple of mooring bumpers available to
them when they tie up with other boats or to use when docking.
Most dealerships will work with you on purchasing the extra
accessories you need for your boat, and some dealerships will include
some of the above accessories as incentive items when you purchase
your boat from them.
on my 4th Ranger boat; the last two were purchased from
Crystal-Pierz Marine. During the ordering, financing and final
purchase procedure they were a pleasure to work with.
And later when I needed warranty work or accessories added to
my rig they got it done quickly without added costs or problems.
always, stay safe and we hope to see you on the water.
Ek is a fishing guide, tournament angler and writer living in Alexandria