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Things to Consider When Buying a Used Boat

Updated: Feb 14

Purchasing a used boat or investing in RIBs for sale in Devon can be a cost-effective way to fulfil your boating dreams. Nevertheless, it requires careful attention to a variety of factors to ensure that your investment pays off in the long run. At The Wolf Rock Boat Company, we are on hand to help you understand these factors.



What are your boating needs?

Before purchasing a used boat there are a few things to consider. Initial considerations should include ensuring that the boat or RIB meets your specific needs in terms of size, type, and purpose of usage. For instance, if you are planning for offshore boating, a larger, heavy-duty material RIB, such as an IRON or BRIG RIB might be desirable. Furthermore, the location is pivotal as well. For example, if you are looking for RIBs for sale in Devon, a coastal area, you would need a vessel designed for salt water. 


What’s the condition of the used boat?

Surveying the condition of the boat, especially in the case of used boats, should be your next focus point. It is advised to inspect the hull for any signs of damage, irregularities, or repainted areas, as these could possibly indicate repaired damages. With RIBs for sale in Devon, it is also crucial to examine the inflatable tubes for punctures, leaks, or any general wear and tear.


Is the engine in good working order?  

Apart from the boat’s structure, the condition of the engine should not be overlooked. A professional engine survey, involving routine checks of oil pressure, rigging condition, performance and fuel consumption, can help you avoid costly repairs in the future. Remember, the cost-efficiency of used boats heavily relies on the maintenance records. At The Wolf Rock, we take these problems away by ensuring that all our used boats are fully serviced, repaired and ready for the water.


Does the used boat have any additional accessories or equipment?

Additionally, assessing the boat's general equipment and accessories, like the onboard electronics, cutting-edge navigational systems, safety equipment etc., can add extra convenience and keep you safe on the water.


Purchasing your next used boat 

When it comes to purchasing your next used boat these are just a few things to consider. Ensure you undertake a thorough inspection and tap into professional help such as that offered by The Wolf Rocks' expert team for a more informed decision. Your budget allocation may need to consider potential repair or maintenance costs on top of the asking price. But by doing careful research and making informed choices, buying a used boat can be a rewarding experience. It not only gets you on the water quickly but can also serve as a wise investment when purchased correctly.


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