Buying a Used Bass Boat - 09/01/2010
There are thousands of used bass boats on the market at all price points. You
need only decide on the brand of boat and engine you want, decide how much you want
to spend and how far you’ll drive to get the boat of your dreams. To zero-in on
the right boat for you, check out BoatTEST.com’s tests on bass boats.
Check out the 46 bass boats we’ve tested.
3. Make sure the engine is in good shape. Start the engine yourself. Some owners will have the boat already started by the time you get there, but this may be a sign that they are trying to hide something. Check hoses, connections and cables. Look for wear and lack of care. Take off the cowling. Look for rust, leaks, and worn fittings. Check the oil pressure and water temperature.
4. Look for oil and gas leaks before and after the test drive.
Both before and after your test run look at the water around the boat – is there
an oil film on the water? Make sure all of the gauges and instruments work, which
is problematical on old boats.
5. While on the test run you want to pay careful attention to the maneuvering of the boat. Is steering easy, or does it hang up or bind? Make sure the boat trims out properly and all hydraulic and electrical equipment is working. Run the boat long enough to check for overheating problems. If you don’t like the way the boat handles, move on.
6. At the dock test and use all systems. Assume nothing works.
Test all pumps, lights, and equipment. Is the deck spongy? (If so, move on.) Are
all hinges and clasps in good order? Is anything loose? Look at the electrical wiring.
Is it neat or a mess? A mess is trouble waiting to happen.
8. A trailer should be part of your purchase. Make sure it fits the boat and was
used with the boat you are buying. Will it fit in your storage place? Do the wiring
and lights work? How are the brakes? Is it a cheap trailer or a substantial one?
Don’t cheap out on the trailer or it will fail you and ruin your big fishing trip.