Just like buying a house or a new car, taking the time to research the boat products company that you want to hire will go a long way to ensure you are getting the best possible vessel. If you simply trust an advertisement or some messages you read online, you could find that what you end up with is nothing like you thought you were paying for.
Here are a few ways to research the boat products company or boat builder before you make that purchase.
Simply get the word out that you are looking to have a boat built. Speak with your neighbors, friends, coworkers, and family, and just keep asking if anyone knows anyone who had a boat built recently. This is a great way to get a referral to a top builder.
Take to Facebook groups and either join a boating or reviews group. Simply do a search for boat builder, or just jump right in and ask. Take what people say with a grain of salt, because more people are likely to complain about poor service than they are to rave about excellent service.
The next time a boat show is in your area, spend the day immersed in that community. Not only will you find some local builders on site showing off their work, you will meet plenty of boaters who could help to point you in the right direction.
Once you have a few in mind don’t stop researching. Ask these builders about their company to get a feel for who you are working with. Ask how long they have been in business, how long does it take to create a boat, do they do custom work, and can you see some examples of their craftsmanship.
When you find a boat builder you are considering, ask them about the building process. The last thing you want is to go weeks without updates, so see if they have times during the build that you can come see the progress. The best builders will also call you if they have concerns or want to offer you advice on modifications to your original design.
The best builders put their guarantee behind their work too. Be sure you understand what happens if the boat needs repairs of if something must be changed before you take over ownership of the boat.
Now that you have a good idea what it takes to research the boat building company, the end result should be more in line with what you are looking to purchase.
You may want to check out some of the forums – bet you find us there:
- Wooden Boat Forum
- The Hull Truth
- American Boating Association
- Big Fish Tackle Forum
- Boat Design
- Boat Design Forums