When buying a boat there are some key steps you should follow to make sure you get the perfect boat for your needs. Here you'll find Motor Boats Monthly's top tips to buying a boat.

Buying a boat advice: market research

You have considered your budget and type of boating, now use the internet and magazines to research what’s on offer when buying a boat.

It’s important to be practical about your boating choices but you have to like what you see, so make a note of the brands that appeal stylistically.

Here are some recommended sources for your market research:


In print

  • Motor Boats Monthly – Focus is practical boating, with honest and comprehensive tests of new
    and used craft from sportsboats and RIBs, right up to 60-footers.
  • Yachting Monthly – Yachting Monthly is at the heart of the British yachting market and is
    for people who actively sail their boats – whether cruising across the
    channel, around the coast or further afield in blue waters.
  • Motor Boat & Yachting – MBY’s boat tests are acknowledged as the most authoritative in the business and its technical coverage is without equal.
  • Yachting World – Yachting World is the most widely distributed and most international sailing magazine in the world, reaching over 100 countries.
  • Practical Boat Owner – Practical boat maintenance advice and boat reviews from the UK’s biggest selling boating magazine.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Buying a boat advice: which type of boat to choose?
  3. 3. Buying a boat advice: market research
  4. 4. Buying a boat advice: get on the water
  5. 5. Buying a boat advice: paperwork and history
  6. 6. Buying a boat advice: Offer and deposit
  7. 7. Buying a boat advice: Survey
  8. 8. Buying a boat advice: Demonstration and sea trial
  9. 9. Buying a boat advice: Payment
  10. 10. Buying a boat advice: Have fun!
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