When you are buying a pre-owned speed boat, you are buying something with mechanical parts - the engine, control box and trailer - that has been used in water which is very corrosive and damaging. If the boat has been used in the sea you have the added problem of salt and sand, both of which are also corrosive.
Furthermore, it is possible that the boat has been thoroughly battered - after all, most people use a speed boat for a thrill! So how do you know if the pre-owned speed boat you are interested in is in good condition? Here are 3 key things to look for when buying a pre-owned speed boat:
Well-Maintained Mechanical Parts
A pre-owned speedboat can give many years of service as long as it has been well-maintained. Choose a speed boat whose mechanical parts - the engine, control box and trailer - are in good useable condition and have been well-maintained. Always insist on seeing the engine start up and running before buying.
You should also inspect the propeller blades. If they are chipped or bent, this will affect the performance of the engine. If you are purchasing a boat with damaged propellers, you need to take into account the cost of replacing the propellers before deciding to purchase the boat.
A Full Service History
Ideally, your pre-owned speed boat will come with a full service history, which details oil changes, yearly inspections and other maintenance information. You will also be able to see if the boat has been serviced by a professional. If you don’t know if the boat has been properly maintained, you are taking a huge risk with your cash and possibly even you life.
The Age of the Engine
If you are buying the pre-owned speed boat from someone who is not the original owner, they may not know the age of the boat or the engine. So, before completing the purchase, ask the seller for the serial number of the engine. The serial number will be located somewhere on the engine, possibly embossed on a plaque.
The year of manufacture might not be obvious from the serial number. Try entering the serial number in an internet search engine or enter a question such as "How to find the age of a (make of engine) engine?" You can also find the manufacturer's website and contact them by phone or email and ask them. You will then know the age of the engine before you commit to buying and be able to make an informed decision.
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