Purchasing A Pre-Owned Bass Boat? 2 Tips To Ensure It Is In Good Condition

Posted on: 17 December 2020

A bass boat is very expensive, so purchasing one that is pre-owned will save you a lot of money. You still need to be careful, however, to make sure the boat you purchase is in good condition. To help you, below are two things you should watch for.

The Engine

The engine is one of the most important parts of a bass boat. Because of this, you should ask the owner how long they ran the engine. If the boat was run a lot, this will result in problems in most cases.

If the engine is newer, you may be able to check how much it was run by using a special type of computer. If the engine is older, most will have a plug that will allow you to see how long the engine was running. If you do not know how to do either of these, hire a boat mechanic to help you. This will also ensure that you know the exact hours.

The boat mechanic can also tell you the proper hours for the engine. For example, if there are around 200 to 300 hours on the engine, this is generally a good amount. If the amount is much higher than this, then you need to look elsewhere for a pre-owned bass boat. You do not want to have to replace the engine as this can be very expensive. 

The Propeller

Look at the propeller on the bass boat to see if it has a lot of damage. The damage can include things like scratches, dents, and gouges. If you see these things, then this tells you a lot about the propeller. This is because the owner has hit things such as rocks while they were running their bass boat. 

Damage to the propeller is a sign that there are other problems that can cause damage to the shaft and gears. In a case like this, you would need to replace the propeller soon, along with the shaft and gears after you purchase your pre-owned bass boat.

Besides these two things, there are many more things you need to inspect. This includes the body of the boat, the interior, switches and other electrical components, and more. You should always have a boat mechanic check the entire boat for you before you sign the papers. This mechanic is knowledgeable and can spot problems that you may not see yourself.

Contact a supplier of pre-owned boats for sale to learn more.