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The calendar may still say January, but boats are on the minds of countless people across the Jersey Shore. Of course, whether you're looking to buy a new or used boat, there are certain things you should keep in mind.

Shopping For A NEW Boat

Decide what type of boat you are looking for. What type of boating will you be doing? Will it be for mostly fishing, high performance, leisure, etc.?

Based on the above question, are you looking for a pontoon boat, a boat with a cabin/bathroom, bow rider, walk-around, etc.? Research boat brands.

Calculate monthly payments - make sure you can afford it! Keep in mind cost of gas, general yearly maintenance, slip rentals, insurance, winter storage fees, etc.

Check what rebates/warranties are available.

Take a Sea Trial & feel how the boat runs on the water

Get permission from the wife/girlfriend - very important!

Shopping For A USED Boat

Inquire how many hours are on the motor.

Ask about service history.

Inspect for signs of damage.... Cracks in fiberglass hull around waterline could be just cosmetic, but can also be a bigger problem

Check for loose seats. ...Maybe be that the bolts are stripped, or a bigger problem that the floor may be soft due to rotting.

Look for mildew.

Look for Rust

Make sure the electronics work. ... Gauges, lights, electric winch, etc

Check the belts.

Start the engine.

Take a sea trial

(If possible) Bring someone along who is familiar with boats

Keep in mind cost of gas, slip rentals, storage, etc

Buy a boat that you can “handle” on the water

Get permission from the wife/girlfriend

This article was produced in collaboration with our advertising partner NJ Outboards in Bayville. CLICK HERE for their extensive inventory.