As I drive down the shoreline of Lake Chatuge -- which is now 10 feet shallower -- I notice boats going up for sale left and right. It seems like every time the thermometer drops, boat prices follow suit. So, if there is a silver lining to winter time, it's that you can find a great boat for a great price.
It's a simple study in cause and effect. By the end of each year boat dealers are ready to move their inventory to make room for the next models. And as people buy up these new boats, they inevitably put their old boats up for sale. So where do you come in to this chain of command?
Have you outgrown your old boat and think it's time to get something new? Or, are you new to watersports and need to find a boat to get you started? In any case, these troubled economic times we live in warrant frugality in all of our purchases, and that's why I have put together a guide for buying a boat on a budget. The only downside to buying a boat in wintertime is having to stare at it for three long months before you can use it.