In recent years, jet boat sales have soared, showing among the largest increases in sales for recreational boats.
If you’re toying with the idea of getting a watercraft of your ówn, a jet boat offers many hours of high-powered fun out on the water.
Before you head out, checkbook in hand, take some time to consider these pointers.
Know What You Want
Many buyers that are new to the world of boating lump jet boats into a single category. The fact is, there are several different kinds of these crafts available.
Whether you’re buying new or used, step one is deciding what you want to use the boat for. There are boats that are better suited for fishing, water-sports, or leisure cruises.
Make a wish list of things your ideal boat must have before you start shopping and don’t compromise by buying the first boat you find.
Buying a Used Jet Boat
Unless you have very deep pockets, you’ll find that a used jet boat is the best way to enter the world of boating without breaking the bank.
As long as you stick to reputable jet boat dealers, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t take advantage of the cost savings that a used boat brings.
A good dealer will guide you through the intricacies of finding the best engine size, hull dead-rise, and pump type for your needs.
Be sure to take note of the following things and ask for clarification if needed.
The Craft Itself
You can expect to find small imperfections on a second-hand boat, but obvious dents and scrapes are a red flag.
Is the floor in good condition and are there any cracks in the welds or seams?
Is the hull protection still uncompromised and free from leaks?
The engine and bilge should be clean, without grease and oil stains. A well-maintained boat will be clean.
It’s best to ask if you can get a mechanic to do a leak down test and compression test before buying a boat.
Likewise, the wiring should be clean, orderly, and in good condition.
The Jet Pump and Impeller
There are plenty of jet pump manufacturers out there. Check out a few online reviews to find out which ones work best for your intended purpose.
Some questions to ask about the jet pump include how many hours it has on the clock, how many repairs has it had, and how easy is it to find parts if needed.
Grab hold of the hand hole cover. and wiggle the impeller shaft. It should not move at all.
Lastly, ask about any extras like a reverse bucket, stomp grates, or a wash-down pump.
If you’re a novice buyer, your best bet is to take a more experienced friend along with you while looking for jet boats for sale.
Make Informed Decisions
Good luck in your search for the ideal jet boat. It’s a purchase that’s bound to pay you back ten times over in enjoyment.