If you think you've found the boat of your dreams, it’s time to test it. Testing your boat is more
than just taking it for a test drive around the harbor. You should look at everything closely, as
a professional boat tester would.
When you start to break everything down and give it a careful inspection, you’ll be able to tell a great
boat from a not-so-great boat.
boat. You should also stick your head into the anchor locker of any boat you are considering to
buy, as if they've cut any corners you’ll normally be able to see it here.
coming from through, or if the fiberglass around the joint can be seen through, it normally means
the boat has poor construction.
important to conduct a vigorous test on the water as well. A private seller or dealer will
normally want to stack the deck, ensuring that the boat will perform well.
expectations. You should determine if the boat travels at the right speeds, and whether or not it
is capable of doing everything that you plan to do with it after you buy it.
If you plan to test a saltwater boat, you should bring along a 5 gallon bucket and try throwing some water onboard. Any boat you plan to use offshore should quickly shed water through the scuppers. Some boats will pool water in the bow and drain slowly – which can be very dangerous in rough waters.