Buying a Houseboat on a Budget
Houseboats can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and for most boaters that is just not reasonable. There are ways to buy a houseboat that is within your budget, so you don’t have to give up your love of boating just yet. Buying a houseboat does not mean you have to go in debt over it. It is possible to find a good deal on a houseboat without sacrificing style and luxury.
The most important tip is to do a lot of research in the kind of houseboat you would like. See what brands and styles fit your lifestyle. If you have a large family, then make sure you get a houseboat that can accommodate everyone. Nothing is worse than buying a houseboat that is too small for the family. Check online auctions, yard sales, garage sales, flea markets, local boating shops, and marinas to see what kind of deals you can get. Write down all the accessories you want in your houseboat and set a price tag to what you can afford. Never go over this set amount because after all, you are trying to save yourself some money!
It is best to look for a used houseboat because the owner may have upgrade or added furniture, air conditioning, or even some luxury items such as a hot tub or surround sound stereo system to the boat. Buying a used boat is a great way to buy an older boat with some great accessories or features without having to pay retail prices for it.
Check the marinas to see if they are selling any of their rentals houseboats. This could be a chance to buy some of the nicest houseboats for less than retail. Be cautious with a rental houseboat and have it checked by a certified technician to make sure nothing mechanical is broken on the boat. Marinas update their boat lines whenever newer models and better layouts are made, so the boat could be in perfect condition.
Negotiating a price on a houseboat is rather important. Just as if you were buying a new car, make sure you are getting a fair deal on it. Knowing the pricing of what a certain style or brand goes for could save you thousands of dollars. There are always people trying to scam, so be cautious.
Buying a houseboat on a budget is not too difficult. Try and locate a used boat that will fit to your needs because a used boat can save you thousands of dollars. Always check around at several places before deciding on a boat because you do not want to miss out a great deal!