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How to Test Drive a Boat the Right Way

 (Avoid a boat buying mistake by doing a proper test drive)

 

 

 

You’ve found the right boat for your boating needs.  Now, it’s time to ensure the boat will perform and handle the way you expect when out on the water.  Here is the 22-point On-Water Demo Checklist

22-point

On-Water Demo Checklist

 

 

1. Check Engine Compartment, Is it clean and neat?                                                                _______

 

2. Check All Systems (Stereo, Water, Blower, Steering Cables, Fluids, etc.)                             _______

 

3. Open all compartments, hatches and doors...Are they solid or cheap?                                 _______

 

4. Listen for Rough Running Engine                                                                                           _______

 

5. How does the boat accelerate?                                                                                              _______

 

6. Does the bow rise up blocking your view when accelerating?                                                _______

7. How does the boat turn at normal cruising speeds?                                                              _______

8. How does boat turn at full throttle with trim all the way down?*                                             _______

 

9. How does the boat handle in rough water (do not skip this step)?                                        _______

 

10. How does the boat “Feel” during each maneuver?                                                              _______

 

11. How does the boat “Sound” during the entire demo?                                                          _______

 

12. Does the boat “Rattle or Vibrate” during any portion of the demo?                                     _______

 

13. How comfortable is the boat for how you’ll use it?                                                              _______

 

14. How comfortable are the seats for you and your family and guests?                                 _______

 

15. Is the boat easy to tie? Are there enough cleats in the right spots?                                  _______

 

16. Is there enough storage on the boat for your style of boating?                                          _______

 

17. How does the boat look on the water...will you turn heads?                                              _______

  

18. Can you provide at least 20 testimonials or clients to talk with?                                        _______

 

19. Check trailer tires, bearings, and lights.                                                                             _______

 

20. Check out wave/wake for water sports activities                                                                _______

 

21. Check underwater gear & evidence of fiberglass repairs                                                  _______

 

22. For used boats check to make sure floors & stringers are solid (wood floors and stringers)_____                                                                                                                  

 

Boat Type:___________     Dealership:___________     Sales Person:_____________

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