Many boaters start their hobby by buying a used boat, as this can offer much better value for money than buying a new model.

Various avenues are available, including dealerships, brokerages, part-exchange and direct purchase, either face-to-face or online via the likes of eBay.

However, it is strongly encouraged for potential used boat buyers to make sure that the model has a full service history and is looked over by a marine surveyor before they part with their cash.

This is even more important for those considering buying a used boat that is moored overseas, although be aware that some or all of the paperwork may be in a foreign language.

Buyers are also advised to take a sea trial before signing a deal, so that they can determine how well the boat copes with offshore conditions and find out how well it handles.

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