It’s unlikely you’d buy a car without test driving it first, so take that same approach to buying a boat.
It’s when you ask to test a boat on the water that a lot of salespeople start to come up with excuses: “It’s too windy” or “We don’t have time” are some of the common ones.
If the boat is as good as they say it is, they must be prepared to prove it to you on the water. If they want you to buy a boat without being prepared to prove the boat to you, this is the time to walk away. The boat is probably a lemon and will not perform.
FACT: All boats perform well on a calm day. The big test is to get a boat out in conditions you’ll likely encounter throughout a typical season. Ideally, 15-20 knots of wind and at least a metre of wind chop. It’s at a time like this when a boat will either pass or fail the test.