Monday, August 24, 2009

What To Look Out For When Buying A Sailing Boat

Before you decide on the kind of sailing boat to buy, do take into consideration some important factors.

Firstly, determine your sailing experience. For beginners, it would be wise to rent boats when you are still testing if sailing is a past time that you would like to be part of in the near future. If you are unsure, you may want to check out charter sailing.

Once you are more sure of your intentions, decide on the type of sailing boat you want to purchase. There are smaller sailing boats like the sailing dinghies that are on the market today. Many of these dinghies are made to be transported on the roof of a car, making them a great starter boat.

If you intend to go for a larger sailing boat, then there are some other considerations that must be made. One important one is the types of waters that the sailing boat will travel through. If the waters are going to be fairly shallow, then you will not want to have a boat that has a keel that will drag or break on the bottom.

If you are likely to sail under bridges or other overhang, then you will need to be careful of the height of their mast. If possible, check out the lowest overhang that you could be traveling through.

In addition to these things, the sailing boat for sale should be checked for the communication system that is on board. If you plan to sail to more remote area, then you will need a radio that can communicate over thousands of miles, but if you  will be travelling near populated areas at all times, then you will only need a VHS system.
Choose the material of your boat carefully. There are wooden sailing boats that look nice when kept up, but take a lot of maintenance on a regular basis in order to keep them in prime sailing condition. There are other boats that are made of fiberglass or other man-made material which take less maintenance work and are tougher materials.
If buying a used sailing boat, which is a wise choice in that the previous owner has taken the loss in the depreciating value of the boat during the first year, the people need to have the boat thoroughly checked by expert mechanics to make sure it is in good shape for sailing.

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