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Is Boating right for me?

This is a question you should ask well before you decide on purchasing your first boat. The easiest and best way to do this, is to go out with your friends several times. This will make sure that boating is actually an activity that

a) you will enjoy
b) fits in with your lifestyle
c) you actually have the time to commit to boating

Other things to do are visiting boat shows, this will not only give you boat envy! but will also give you some idea on what (if any) you can afford to buy. Have a good look round at all the different types of boat, and the specifications available. Once you have done this, set a budget! and make sure you stick to it, this is likely to mean your first boat will be a second hand boat, there is nothing to be ashamed of in buying a used boat. You should ensure however, that it is given a good check over by someone who knows what they are looking at. Think of it a bit like a car, you would buy a second hand car, but you would ensure that a garage or a mechanic gave it the once over for you before you parted with your money. A boat should be just the same, it is a very large investment and you don't want to end up with a lemon.
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