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What to Look for When Buying a Boat

 

A boat is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and entertain guests. Whether you’re buying a boat for personal pleasure or business use, it’s important to make sure that you get what you’re paying for. Here are some of the most important things to look for when buying a boat.

Check the Boat’s Condition

You can get a preliminary evaluation of a boat’s condition simply by walking around it and examining the exterior. Things to look for include rust, corrosion, hull blisters, peeling paint, visible signs of water damage or mold, dents, and missing parts. If any of these are present, consider the amount of money and work you’d be willing to put in to fix them. A boat’s condition at the time of purchase is going to dramatically impact how much you will have to spend fixing it if repairs are needed. Ideally, you want to look for a boat that does not need any repairs.

Ensure the Quality of all Equipment

After you have inspected the general condition of the boat, it is wise to check the equipment and parts on the boat to make sure that everything you need is there and in good working order. Check steering systems, winches, rigging on sailboats, galley equipment, lights, electronics, and any other equipment that is critical for proper operation of the vessel. The better this equipment is working, the better the boat is likely to perform for you after you purchase it.

You’ll also want to look for added features to suit your needs. If you plan to take the boat on many fishing trips, for example, check for a livewell, rod holders, outriggers, bracket mounts and more.

Examine the Engine

The engine is one of the most important things to look at when you are buying a boat. One of the best ways to check a boat’s engine is to take the boat for a test drive on the water. Many boat dealers and individual sellers will allow prospective buyers to take the boat for a test drive. If you’re not confident that you’ll notice any issues, take a friend along who does. Test drives can give you a lot of information about how well the engine is working and how the boat feels when in operation.

After test driving the boat, it should be much easier for you to understand the engine quality and the overall performance of the boat. A well performing engine is essential to ensure that you are getting a good quality boat and the best value for your money.

Get Protected with a Quality Boat Insurance Policy

After you’ve done all the work to find and purchase a great boat, it’s important to protect your investment with a high quality boat insurance policy. Maritime Insurance International has an excellent selection of boat insurance options for personal and commercial use.

Call our dedicated marine insurance agents today for more information or to request a quote.

 

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Maritime Insurance International
3 Lockwood Drive
Suite 302A
Charleston, SC 29401

Mystic, CT Office:
P.O. Box 30
West Mystic, CT 06388-0030

Annapolis, MD Office:
P.O. Box 3505
Annapolis, MD 21403

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E-mail: info@maritimeii.com
Phone: 843.606.5270
Fax: 888.482.6844

Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm

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Angie Fessler at the Maritime office went above and beyond to find us a policy to fit our event schedule. She is a blessing and we will be using you guys again this year.
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I've never had a problem with this insurance and the price was great as well. My local guy, Garrison Rudisill, always answers my questions and helps me with anything I need.
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My experience has been very professional and pleasant. They provided me with what I needed.
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Maritime Insurance was very helpful in insuring our first larger vessel. The staff are very knowledgeable!
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Working with these folks has been a real pleasure. They are knowledgeable, friendly and responsive. Easy to do business with.
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NICK'S a stand up guy. He explains your coverage in English not in insurance jargon. Very responsive and easily accessible by telephone and via email.
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Since day one, they have been there for us and on one particular day we needed them the most, they were there. We enjoy our relationship with the Charleston Team.
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I had a serious claim in 2015 while cruising in the Turks & Caicos islands and I got the very best of service even though I was in another country. They stood behind me while my boat was repaired. It doesn't get any better than ...
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This is one of the most responsive, helpful companies I have ever felt with. My calls and questions have always been returned with faster than average turnaround. Extremely helpful. Have always met my expectations. I recommend Nick McGinty and this company to all my friends.
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Maritime was right on top of my claim and was extremely helpful in participating in getting the correct documents and professionals to back up my claim. Excellent company!!
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They helped me with my claim and they always try to get me the best quote highly recommend.
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Nick McGinty and his team are top notch people who understand their customers needs and provide quality insurance products in an efficient timely manner.
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They have exceeded all my expectations. We have multiple policies on several properties, prior to insuring through Maritime insurance this was a nightmare keeping track of things, with Nick and crew its a snap. Its like having a full time person on our staff just ...
Bruce
Garrison R. has been fantastic to work with and is an asset to the company!
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Very knowledgeable staff who answered all my questions and the rates I received were far superior to anyone else's.
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Very responsive, honest and customer service driven. I was surprisingly impressed and my expectations were exceeded.
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Thank you Nick for ALWAYS being on the ball. You guys are great!
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I called insurance companies on a Friday to see who would be most helpful and responsive. Maritime Insurance was the ONLY company ready and willing to take information and prepare a quote. The customer service alone was worth using the company.
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Fast prompt service, no hassles.
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Great initial coverage policy and excellent follow-up skills for renewal...
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Has an awareness of the struggles of a small marine service company.. Did a great job finding affordable policy for our specific needs. Great communication and stays on top of my account concerns.
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Found you on internet. Nick McGintry and Nicky have exceeded my expectations. It's as great genuine and heart felt as the Four Seasons staff. And you were competitive.
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