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You wouldn’t buy a car without giving it a test-drive; the same holds true for a boat. A warranty might cover manufacturer defects, but there’s no insurance for poor choices. Here are a few general tips to keep in mind when water-testing a new boat.
KNOW YOUR ELECTRONICS You need everything to power up, but you also must verify installation and real-world performance. Check display visibility in bright lighting by running to and from the sun. And check your depth sounder both at speed and in the shallows of the marina.
ACT LIKE A PASSENGER Sit in various positions around the boat. Is it easy to move around? Is the ride comfortable for the conditions? On the transom, are you breathing clean air or smelling exhaust?
LOOK FOR A PROPER PROP During your trial, be sure to run the engine up to wide-open throttle and note the rpm. The higher the reading relative to the specified range, the better. If it doesn’t fall within the recommended range, your boat might be outfitted with the wrong propeller.
CHECK YOUR VIEW You can’t gauge the view from the helm when a boat is stationary. Look forward and aft and, especially if the boat has a hardtop or an enclosed helm, be sure you can see another boat coming up your wake and passing you close on either side. Note how close under your bow you can spot objects at cruising speed and in cruising trim.
MEASURE YOUR STABILITY Have increasing numbers of crew stand on one side of the cockpit and note, using an inclinometer or a small bubble level, how much the boat lists. This is a gauge of the boat’s static stability. Generally, boats with increased static stability have a quicker, snappier motion than boats with less static stability. In short, the boat that lists less will rock shallower and quicker, rather than deeper and slower.
ENGAGE A SURVEYOR Even boaters looking for brand-new boats can enlist a marine surveyor. Services range from helping to ensure that new-boat issues are fixed before delivery (instead of under warranty after you own the boat) to receiving the serious “suitability for service” report a pro surveyor can deliver.