Boat Buying

Buying your first boat can be daunting. We guide you through the process... after all, it’s shopping for fun!

1 Initial decisions

Class associations can provide opportunities to get afloat in their boats for a trial sail

2 How much to budget

Most boat owners underestimate the total costs involved, some by a considerable margin

3 Finance and surveys

A trial sail will tell you whether the running rigging and deck gear works well

4 Shared ownership

Anyone who goes down this route should make certain they do so on a formal basis

5 Legal matters

Firstly, does the person selling the vessel actually own it completely?

6 Insurance and modifications

Don't be tempted to make changes to the boat straight away