5 benefits of buying a fishing boat in the fall

Tom Keer

There was a slight chop on the water and I saw a 23 foot marine craft cut through them with ease. It was the kind of day I wish I had the same boat because me and my light hull were about to jump around. If the fishing reports weren’t off the shelf, I would have eaten this one. Another way is to buy a bigger boat.

Many boaters and anglers think about buying a boat in the fall instead of the spring. And if you think about it, this approach makes a lot of sense.

Advantages of buying a boat in the fall

1. Refuse wintering

Many people don’t want the hassle or expense of winterizing a boat. To be fair, the problem is not the cost or the labor. Instead, it’s usually just a solicitation as the owner is ready to sell anyway.

2. Upgrade potential

New boaters have learned a tremendous amount in their first season. As experience increases, so do their tastes and preferences. Selling a starter boat and upgrading to a boat that meets the new requirements is an easy way to go.

3. Disinterested in maintenance

Old boats that cause persistent headaches and heartburn are sometimes no longer welcome. Some boats need refurbishing, others need structural repair, and many require expensive new electronics. Instead of investing again in their well-used ship, some owners just want to sell and start over.

4. Timing is everything

If you buy a boat in the fall, it’s ready for spring. While everyone else pulls and winterizes, find and negotiate a deal. There’s no pressure from last-minute buying and financing decisions, and when you buy a boat in the fall, you can upgrade and equip it so it’s ready to splash in the spring. You are ahead of the curve.

5. Big discounts on last year’s models

If you don’t mind buying a boat that is not the current year, look for great deals this fall. Lots of them are out there.

Never put off what you can do today until tomorrow. Hmmm … that certainly applies to autumn boat shows! Before you meet them, check out our boat comparison tool and these boat buying tips.

Tom Keer

Tom Keer is an award-winning writer living on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He is a columnist for the Upland Almanac, a contributing writer for Covey Rise magazine, a contributing editor for Fly Rod and Reel and Fly Fish America, and a blogger for the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing program. Keer is a regular contributor to over a dozen outdoor magazines on topics including fishing, hunting, boating, and other outdoor activities. When not fishing, Keer and his family hunt highland birds over their three English setters. His first book, A New England Coast Fly Fishing Guide, was published in January 2011. Visit him at www.tomkeer.com or www.thekeergroup.com.