My grandfather introduced me fishing and boating when I was a kid. I guess it runs in the family but I feel more at home when I am cruising over a river or fishing along the bank than when I am working in my office. That is why when got a chance to check some Boatel houseboats that were for sale I grabbed the opportunity right away to look them over. I would never pass on the chance to cruise along one of those luxurious castles or maybe even just sit and relax while I stare at the water.
If you are thinking of purchasing your own houseboat then here some helpful reminders that you ought to keep in mind before you go out and start buying a houseboat:
1. The most important thing that you have to remember is that you have to check everything before you make any offer or even decide to purchase, It would not be enough that a houseboat would look okay, or clean, or well maintained. You have to go through every nook and cranny of it and check if everything works. Better do that than find out after you have made the purchase that everything is not as good as it looks.
2. Visit the houseboat at daytime so that you can really see how it looks. That is the only way that yo can see if the exterior is already in a bad condition.
3. Make a checklist so you can go through everything one by one to see if it works.
4. Make an offer but it should be conditional on the results of a sea trial and a survey by a marine surveyor of your choice.
5. Bring in an experienced boater to check it for you.
6. Don’t rush in, there are lots of houseboats for sale out there so do not bother with one that does not seem to fit with what you need.
7. If you are checking out a boat that is located at some distance from where you want to use it, then you need to consider the cost of transporting it. You might get stuck with a boat that’s sitting on the wrong body of water.
8. An old boat would cost a lot less than a relatively new one so you might want to consider that when planning your purchase.
9. Sometimes it is also a good idea to buy a boat that is loaded with all the stuff that you need and want on a boat. That would be a lot cheaper than buying one that is bare and then buying all the gear that you wanted individually.
Buying a houseboat is just like purchasing anything that is of real value. You have to be sure first before you pay up or even before you decide. Check and recheck the boat because that is the only way that you can really be sure. Rushing in would usually end up in with you making the wrong sort of decision. So do not do it.