So you’ve just moved into your new home and are planning on buying a pontoon boat to take advantage of the river nearby. Before taking the plunge, however, consider these three basic factors first.
Space for storage
When not in use, especially during winter, boats are usually taken out of the water for storage to protect them from the elements (the sun, salt air, bird droppings, etc.). If you’re not renting a storage facility such as a dry rack unit, be sure you have space on your property for your vessel. For home storage, building a boathouse or turning your garage into one is an option. The other is leaving your vessel out in the open with protection like a WALK-WINN waterproof pontoon boat cover.
Time for maintenance
Like cars, a boat needs routine cleaning and maintenance to keep it in good condition. You need to take the time to scrub, polish, and wax not only the vessel’s outer body but also its interior features, including the upholstered seats or wooden decking. Aside from this, you need to regularly check its motor, hull, propeller, and even the small parts like rivets for any damage to ensure the boat is always safe to use.
Money for ownership
Owning a boat can be quite expensive. Apart from the price of the vessel itself, which can already ring in at thousands of dollars, there are the maintenance, repair, moorage, insurance, and fuel costs you have to spend on. Plus, where applicable, taxes and registration and licensing fees, among others, need to be paid as well. Depending on the type of vessel, the cost of owning a boat doesn’t typically go below $1,000 a month.
So if you think you’ve already got these bases covered, then maybe it’s time you consider yet another important factor in owning a boat: Do you know how to steer one?