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Make sure that second-hand boat is safe

24 May 2019

A second-hand boat purchase can be a more economical way onto the water – but do your research to make sure the boat is seaworthy and is able to keep you, your family and your friends safe.

Here are some quick tips to remember when looking to buy second-hand:

  • Check the transom
    A soft or moveable transom on a fibreglass boat is an indicator of rot, and can significantly weaken the connection between the boat and the engine.
  • Check the floor
    A soft floor on a fibreglass boat can also be an indicator of unseen rot, leading to a boat that is not structurally sound.
  • Watch out for patch up jobs
    Inferior patch up jobs on aluminium boats can lead to an electrolysis issue, which can result in structural damage.
  • Seek advice from an expert
    Repairs can be costly, but an incident on the water could be much worse.

Watch this video for more information and advice on how to check the health of your boat-to-be.