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Sun Sail
Buying Used
What Will £4,000 Buy You?
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You may think that spending £4,000 when buying a new boat is quite a large investment, but in today’s world you could easily pay more than that for a wristwatch. In short, a good boat for £4,000 is a great way to get started in boating. It’s enough to buy genuine quality and to flirt with new boats as well as the used market. Boat Mart sent Stuart Field out to investigate some of your boat buying options . . .

Ribeye T350


For those seeking an ultra lightweight tender, or a small boat in which to potter around harbours, explore secluded waters (or purely in which to let the kiddies get safe boating experience afloat) the T-Series RIBs from Ribeye are superb. These new T-series tenders feature precision-made epoxy-coated aluminium hulls and two-tone Hypartex tubes.

Glastron 175SX
The topic of this month’s mini profile is the Glastron 175SX, a boat that, in one form or another, has been around for decades - and is still one of the world’s best selling boats.
This is a classic American ‘starter’ boat, carefully designed so that anyone who can drive a car will instantly feel at home behind the helm on the water. However, unlike many similar sized European craft, the Glastron is not a narrow-hulled deep-V sports boat but a roomy bow rider craft with inboard space for an entire family.

Your Rights As A Boat Buyer

Generally speaking, when you buy second hand you purchase her 'as seen', warts and all, The only legal terms that cover a private sale contract are:

  • The seller must have the right to sell the craft
  • The craft should not be misrepresented
  • It should match its description

bm_0907_test_2582If the boat has faults or proves to be unseaworthy you’ll find it difficult to get your money back, so getting a survey is an essential part of the buying process.

In many ways it’s like buying a secondhand car but, unlike a car, there isn't a legal registration document tracking boat ownership. Many boat owners don’t bother to register their craft, but even if it is registered, the document is not proof of ownership, although it helps to build evidence of it.


Checking The Ownership Of A Boat

bm_0904_test_2536When you buy a second hand boat it is important to ensure that the seller is the legal owner of the vessel and that there are no outstanding payments left on her. Sometimes this can be difficult to do; there is actually no such thing as a certificate of ownership.

The biggest risk lies in purchasing a boat from someone you have never met, someone perhaps who lives at the other end of the country. If the boat is in someone’s backyard rather than a boatyard be even more wary.


Checking The Boat Over

If you are to trust a boat at sea you need to get her surveyed, but surveyors don’t come cheap so before you make the call, carry out a check on the vessel yourself.

bm_0903_test_2430Begin with an overall general inspection. Is she clean and well maintained? Does the cabin smell sweet or is there a musty damp smell down there? Is she a well-ordered vessel? Are the ropes stowed properly? Is the cooker clean or coated in grease? A filthy cooker or an untidy cabin won’t sink a boat, but it will tell you a lot about how well she is cared for.


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