Buying your first boat is an exciting time, however there are lots of things you need to know before you can take your boat out on the water, regardless of the size. Below are some tips for first time boat owners.
Whether you have a little row boat or a 40 foot launch keeping yourself and your passengers' safe is the most important aspect of boat ownership. Everyone one should be issued with well fitting safety jackets, and given thorough instructions about how to use them. You need to ensure that children especially have well fitting jackets and know the safety rules.
If you just have a little run about and are heading a couple of kilometers out for a spot of fishing you are not going to need as much equipment as you would if you have a larger vessel and are planning to stay out over night. Make sure you have all the equipment you will need for your trip as well as extra supplies in case your trip is extended from your original plans.
Cleaning and Maintenance
After each trip out in your boat you will need to carry out cleaning and maintenance. This is vital to keep your boat in seaworthy condition as sea water can be very damaging to parts of your boat and making sure they are thoroughly cleaned after after will ensure your boat stays in tip top condition and meets its seaworthiness as well as its value.
Transporting and Storage
One of the largest bugbears of boat ownership is getting the boat in and out of the water and storing it when not in use. If you live in the main centers you will probably need to store your boat at the local marina which can be a cost exercise, if you live in the provinces where your section size may be larger you will be able to store your boat at home, however you will need a boat trailer to transport it.
Owning a boat is a great and enjoyable pastime, you get to spend quality time with friends and family enjoying a spot of fishing, sightseeing, holidaying and possibly touring around the coast. However, if the thought of the 'work' involved has previously turned you off buying a boat of your own then perhaps a boat share would be an option. With a boat share the management company look after all the cleaning and maintenance of the vessel, as well as the storage. All you need to do is bring your supplies such as food, drink and fishing equipment. A boat share lets you enjoy all the fun without any of the work.