Canyon Lake, Roosevelt Lake, Apache Lake, and Bartlett Lake are all just minutes away from Phoenix, and they could be where you spend a lot of your time this summer if you decide to splurge on that boat you’ve always wanted. As winter winds down and spring starts to roll in, it’s already time to start looking at your options. What better place to do that than at a boat show? Before you start negotiating, take some time to research what you want and learn a few tips for finding the watercraft that’s right for you.
Which Type of Boat Should You Buy?
Boating is one of the most popular sports in Arizona, whether for sport, fishing, or leisure. You don’t have to shop for long before you realize there are many different types of boats for sale, and they all serve a different purpose on the water. A few of the most popular boat types include:
These boats can hold many people – sometimes as many as 20. They float on two or three aluminum pontoons, which look like large metal logs under the boat. Pontoons are highly versatile, with some boasting enough engine power to haul tubers and skiers, and others featuring live wells and angler seats for fishing.
These boats are made specifically for fishermen. They are typically equipped with quiet motors for sneaking up on fish, as well as anglers’ seats for casting a line. Bass boats also feature multiple live wells for storing bait and fresh catches.
Also known as PWC, personal watercraft are built to be ridden – not driven. They can sometimes hold as many as three people and are known for their high-speed capabilities and ease of maneuverability.
Ski and Wake Boats
These boats are built for rapid acceleration and speed. They often come with pole towers for towing skiers and wakeboarders.
Sailing is a popular pastime for many people, although it can be challenging. These non-motorized boats use wind and sails to obtain direction and speed.
New vs. Used
Most of today’s boats are made from fiberglass and aluminum – materials that make most watercraft last for many years. The durability combined with a lower purchase price drives many people to purchase used boats instead of new ones. However, used boats can also come with mechanical problems and structural issues that require expensive repairs and maintenance. By purchasing a new boat instead, you can take advantage of dealer warranties and services that reduce the cost of upkeep.
Choose a Dealer
Dealers play an important role in the boat-buying process. Finding the right dealer could make for a much smoother transaction and a better experience after the sale. Take time to read customer reviews about local dealers, and ask any questions you may have about the terms of your agreement before you sign on the dotted line.
Don’t Forget Boat Insurance
Just as important as choosing the right boat is finding the right insurance coverage to protect it. Homeowners insurance only provides limited watercraft coverage for certain types of damages, and only for small non-motorized boats or watercraft with low-horsepower engines. Here at Vanyo Insurance Group, we recommend purchasing a boat insurance policy that is customized specifically for the types of risks you face as a boat owner and operator.
Your coverage should include protection against property damage and bodily injury liability, as well as coverage for physical damages, special equipment, emergency assistance, and more. We can help you shop and compare rates on coverage, as well as find any discounts you may qualify for.
For more information or to request your free quote, contact our office today.