Buying a boat, a used sloep is not the same as buying a used car? Whether it’s a car or a boat, behind it is the same careful study, an investigation, of what the market offers according to your needs for both motorists and yachtsmen. In order not to make a wrong purchase, it is essential to carefully assess many factors. We could draw up a long list of all that is important to check when buying a used gozzo, but it is appropriate to limit ourselves to highlighting only a few essential things that all, but just everyone, can check. In short, let’s say that the following small list can be of help to the potential buyer in a preliminary phase, before any ‘expertise.
Here are the first things to check when buying a used sloep
It is important to observe along the walls, especially in the area of the masons, if there are traces of old and now dry water leaks, it should be considered that the joints are a delicate point to seal and can be a very expensive intervention.
ACCESSIBILITY TO THE SEA INLET VALVES
In many cockpits the accessibility of sea inlet valves can be difficult. If there is not enough space, a half-hour job to replace a valve can turn into a job of hours because you would have to dismantle part of the furniture.
The presence of water in the bilge denotes neglect by the owner and is one of the signs of a boat not well maintained.
ENGINE AND EQUIPMENT
The boat’s engine must have passed its periodic overhauls. It is important to check the engine hours, belts, fuel levels and filters, as well as the generator, desalinator, air conditioning, hydraulics, pumps, gas installations. It is also good to make sure that all the equipment on board is working properly, but if there are problems, take note as you can use that information to negotiate better terms or prices.
Check that all safety equipment is in accordance with the type of boat, the navigation area and in good condition. Also check the electronics: radar, GPS, probe, plotter. The kitchen also requires attention: the refrigerator, the stove, the microwave, the lights, the hood.
Osmosis is more common in resin layered boats and in layered boats, in conditions of humidity and temperature not ideal. However, boats laminated with isophthalic and vinyl resins are not exempt from the problem either. Only vacuum boats made of epoxy resins are not at risk, as is the case with Gozzi Mimì. The problem of osmosis is solvable and does not affect the quality of the boat, you can to proceed with the purchase anyway. Of course, we must take into account the expense that will have to be faced, which is generally divided in half between the owner and the buyer.
THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM ON BOARD
The electrical system is very important, especially in the case of a cruise boat. The ratio between amperage and consumption gives you an approximate idea of the electric range of the boat. Talk to the owner to find out if the equipment is sufficient or you need to make some changes that best suit your needs. Check whether the on-board battery bank is tidy and clean, and whether there is any sulphate residue on the poles and connections. Also make sure that all wiring is in good condition and well protected.
When buying a boat, a used sloep needs to be common sense and know what is right or wrong for us. A defect, a problem with the equipment, that is everything that is not structural, can be solved easily, and it is not good to discard a boat that we like, or a good opportunity, because of problems that are easy to solve.
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