I know that the most common advice when purchasing a boat is to have it surveyed. But my first boat will be in the $3500-$5000 range, so I doubt a survey would be worth the money. That said, I'll try to do as thorough an inspection as possible - but not having owned a boat before, I'm not sure what all to look for!
Is there a good website that details what to look for, and/or how to tell if the inspected area is bad? If not, can you guys give me a good list?
For example, a couple of the questions I've been told to ask are:
- Are there any soft spots in the deck?
- Are the interior plywood supports sound?
I've gotten answers back from the seller, but would like to check myself, which leads to these questions:
1) Can a person get in the boat when it's on a trailer (without hurting it?)
2) What does a "soft spot" feel like?
3) Would unsound plywood support be obvious? (Sagging/look damaged?)
Basically, if you can provide a link or a list of methods for general inspection of a boat, I'd greatly appreciate it!
Thanks for your help,