Whether it’s a weeklong getaway, or just an afternoon playing hooky, any moment you can spend on the water is a vacation, an opportunity to escape the everyday stress and schedules and reconnect with what’s most important in life. And when it comes to the family boater, one thing reigns above all else: connecting with your loved ones and making the type of memories that will be cherished for years to come.
Buy new or buy used? That’s a tough call for a boat buyer, especially a first-timer. There’s no right or wrong answer. It all depends on you: your tastes, your budget, your mechanical aptitude. What makes your smile wider? A mint condition new prize or a bargain cleverly bought and burnished? Some say the sweet spot is a used boat that is a couple of years old, bought from a dealer you trust, but you decide. Here are some pointers from both sides.