BOAT BUYING TIPS (1) – What makes a good aluminium boat?

One of the most common questions we’re asked by prospective boat buyers is: ‘what makes a good aluminium boat?’

The team here at Bar Crusher is known for its boat building technical expertise. So we decided to share some of our boat building knowledge via a series of blog posts to help when you’re researching the purchase of your next boat.

One thing is certain: there are no shortcuts in building quality aluminium boats. As a buyer, you need to know some very important facts about good boat design and construction to be able to ask the right questions and ensure you buy the best performing boat for your money.

Have you ever looked at something closely in a shop or dealership and walked away feeling it was well designed and beautifully made? Have you ever asked yourself: ‘what gave me that feeling?’

That sense of premium quality is a combination of things. It’s about clever, innovative design. Quality workmanship. Careful fit. Thoughtful layout. A feeling the manufacturer has an interest in you and how you will use the product.

Sometimes it’s the little things like the sound that’s made when you close the door of a BMW or Mercedes Benz car. Positive. Firm. Superb engineering. Well thought-out.

Think of the contrast here with the way a door shuts on the cheapest car on the market. Tinnie, noisy, lightweight, poor fit. It sounds cheap. It has been designed in the hope you won’t look too closely and probably won’t care.

The same principle applies with trailer boats. There are very high-quality boats on the market and there are very poor-quality boats – and everything in between.

Beware of boat manufacturers making big, unsubstantiated claims in glossy brochures. An important piece of advice for those setting out to buy a new boat… a high price tag is no indicator of good quality and performance.

If you have any doubts… before you buy the boat, take it out on the water in a metre of wind chop and put it to the test!

If the salesperson is reluctant to take you out for a water test in the conditions you’d like to see the boat perform in – walk away…

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