How to choose a boat? Follow our tips on buying your ideal boat!

8 January 2020

Sailing throughout the year on your own boat is a wonderful idea, but how do you go about choosing a boat? Selecting your future boat firstly requires a consideration phase. The type of boat that will suit you best will vary based on your profile, how you’re going to use it and your budget. Band of Boats has a step-by-step guide for finding that rare gem.

1. Sailboat or motor boat?

The first question you need to ask yourself is whether you’re more of a “sailboat enthusiast”, where sailing for you means hoisting the mainsail, trimming the spinnaker and other marine manoeuvres… Or whether you’re more into motorboats, where the pleasure of sailing doesn’t rely on rigging (but on a boat licence)! If you prefer sailing boat, check out our guide on how to choose a sailboat. And you can also discover all our used sailing boats for sale.

But you may not have a preference either, and the choice may turn out more difficult for you, while a few simple criteria may narrow down your selection.

2. Transportable boat?

Are you planning to take your boat with you everywhere? If the answer is yes, then the size criteria (length and width) must be considered so that the boat can definitely be transported (with the right trailer of course). This solution cuts out the need to find a berth but decreases the quantity of eligible boats.

3. What is your budget?

The budget that you are able to invest in a boat obviously is a defining criteria. If you want to buy a second-hand boat, there will be more variety on offer.

4. What are you going to use it for?

What do you expect to do on board your boat? Are you going on day trips? Do you prefer coastal navigation? Are you sailing around the world? Are you going fishing with friends? Or are you going to share your water sports exploits! Everything is possible, just list your preferences and find the boats that match!

With thousands of boats for sale, Band of Boats is bound to have your future boat! Make your choice.

Don’t forget to read our boat trials to fill up on nautical experiences!