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About a year ago, I started realizing that my time away from work pretty much revolved around sitting in front of the television. I wanted to do something to get outside and start enjoying my time, so I began focusing on recreational activities and sports. I began going through and really spending time getting to the gym, and the difference was astounding. Within a few short months I really started feeling a lot better, and I knew that I owed it all to having fun, burning some calories, and making some muscle. This blog is here to help other people to enjoy time with their families and check out all of the great things you can do for fun.

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Three Steps To Take When Buying A Used Boat

by Herbert Richards

For those who enjoy the freedom and the beauty that being on the open water affords them – being a boat owner is the way to go. As the owner of a boat, you can head out when you want to, invite friends and family to join, and customize it to suit your needs. If you're in the market for a used boat, here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure you're matched with an ideal selection:

Know What Type of Experience You're Seeking

Know what you're looking for in a boating experience. For example, are you looking for a speedboat for thrill rides with friends or are you looking for something for you and your family to cruise around on and maybe do a little fishing?

This step is important because it helps direct your focus when shopping to only look at boats designed with your goal in mind. This move will also ensure you don't purchase a boast that you'll regret later down the line. 

Take a Look at the Hull

Even if the boat is not dry-docked, ask to take a closer look at the hull. The hull isn't just a vital part of a boat's integrity, but it's also a great source for clues regarding the overall health of the vessel. Evidence of significant hull damage is often synonymous with a boat that has not been taken care of properly over the years.

When looking at the hull, red flags to look out for include cracks and corrosion development. If there is any discoloration, you might want to find out if any repairs were performed in the past and why.

Move Everything Around

Specifically, when it comes to the interior spaces of a boat, it's an excellent idea to move everything around. For example, lift the seat cushions, move around the coiled ropes, raise any removable flooring. These actions allow you to take a deeper look at the condition of the boat.

 Sure, the outward appearance might look fantastic, but if you recognize significant grime, moss buildup, or deep discoloration, this is generally an indication that the boat has not been taken care of properly. When making such a major investment, you want an option that is intact and safe.

The more patient you are during the boat selection process, the more likely you are to be paired with pre-owned boats suited to meet your needs today and into the future.

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