Speed boat ownership is a financial investment. And the price of a speed boat is something you should greatly consider. For well-off individual, this may not be a problem. But not everyone is so lucky or blessed. Price is perhaps the main issue of most people who want to buy a speed boat. The cost of one unit can spin the head of someone wishing to have a boat. And since speed boats are often compared with sports car because of its price (and performance), you have to carefully assess if owning a boat is really for you.
Can you afford it?
The price of the actual boat is one thing, the expenses that will follow thereafter is another. After buying a boat, individuals will still have to worry about the other cost of ownership including fuel, insurance, repairs, transportation, taxes and maintenance. While you can say that you can pay the price of the boat, take note that the big chunk of expenses happens during the time of ownership.
Are you anywhere near water?
There is nothing wrong with buying a boat as long as you have a place to use it. It doesn’t make sense, though, to have a boat if you still need to drive 100 miles just to get to the nearest waters. And it doesn’t make any sense if the cost of transporting your boat to the waters is higher than the actual boat itself. Unless you live near on in the coast line areas or lakes, owning a boat is not a good idea.
Do you have time for boating?
Speed boat ownership is not only a financial investment, but an investment of your time as well. While it is good to have a leisure activity once in a while, you still have to evaluate if the time you can spend with your boat is really worth its price. If you think you cannot give enough time for boating that is worthy for the price you pay, then consider speed boat charter instead. You may not be a proud owner of speed boat but you still get the same satisfaction without breaking your bank purchasing a boat, its maintenance and towing cost. Plus, you don’t have to worry about depreciation, insurance, storage and security.
Can you swim?
While this is the least thing you have to be concerned of since lifejackets can be at your disposal anytime, it is still worth mentioning. In boat ownership, you have to at least know how to swim as well as how to conduct basic safety and emergency procedures. This way, if something wrong happens while you, your family or your friends are onboard, there is a greater chance that you will all survive.
Do you know how to take care of it?
Like owning a car, it is essential to have at least the necessary boat maintenance skill so that when your boat breaks down in the middle of the water and help is not available, you are capable of fixing it instead of swimming to the shore just to get home. The confidence that you can fix your boat whenever the need arises is like knowing how to swim regardless of the presence of a lifejacket.
Also, knowing how to take care of your boat will extend its life and keep the resale value high.