When you buy used houseboat, you can get many add-ons that were not originally installed. This is just one of your advantages. The houseboat owner might have installed add-ons and may have forgotten to count them when reselling his boat. Items like furnishings, dock lines, electronics, and fenders, to name a few. However, you still need to take into account some important things when you want to buy a used houseboat.
Here are some tips and important consideration you need to keep in mind.
Consider first impressions. When you are looking at houseboats in Murray River, give each one a quick look from the outside and in. Check for obvious things like faded, peeled, or chipped paint, unkempt dock area, and mildew on the carpets. If little things like so are kept well, there’s are big chance that the bigger things are not maintained well also. On the other hand, if a houseboat appears clean, this can be a good indication that the owner takes good care of his boat. Here are some outside parts of a boat you also need to carefully check.
a. Roof. Do walk all around the houseboat’s roof. Look for any signs of chipping or cracking gel coat. Also, check for signs of weak spots. Weak spots are signs of rotting wood, which can cost you a lot of money if you are to repair the roof.
b. Hull. If the boat has steel hull, look for signs of corrosion. Also, it is important to check the inside of the hull as many hulls can rust starting from the inside. With a flashlight, go down the hatch and check the insider of the hull. If replacement is needed, it can cost you a lot of money. For both steel and aluminum hulls, check the joint welds for signs of weakness like cracks. If the hull is fiberglass, look for stress signs like blistering or cracks.
c. Paint. Take a very close look at the paint. Check if it’s cracking, peeling, fading, or chipping. Another easy and quick way to check if to wipe your hand over the paint. If there are a lot of paint taken off and went into your hand, repainting might be necessary in the near future.
d. Carpet. Carefully inspect the boat’s carpet. Check if there are molds. Notice if the corners of the carpet are curling. These are some of the signs that the carpet needs replacement.
e. Canvas. Most boat buyers often overlook the canvas. Check it for wear and fading. If the houseboat you would want to buy has a lot of canvas, keep in mind that replacement would cost you thousands of dollars.