Getting a used sea ray boat instead of a new one is more cost efficient. Naturally, used boats are cheaper, but you also have to consider a lot of factors when buying a used boat. As a rule of thumb, maintenance for used vehicles — may it be a boat or a land vehicle — can be pricier than maintenance for new ones.

You need a thorough check when looking for used Sea Ray boats for sale.

Of course, before anything else, you need to know the exact kind of sea ray boat you want to buy. But this is really a case of knowing what you need the boat for. Will you use it for long range cruising or for day boating? How many people will you take with you aboard the boat? Where will you store the boat? Are speed and size important considerations for you?

These will determine the kind of used Sea Ray boats for sale you should look for, as well as the price of the boat you will purchase.

At this point, you have to consider if you need to get a yacht broker. A local boat broker can make the process of finding a boat easier. With the yacht broker’s help, you can widen your search parameters and narrow the boats you will take on a sea trial.

As with any kind of purchase, remember not to buy anything during the first try. Even if you think you already found the boat you want to buy on your first day of canvassing, continue your search. This will give a basic idea of the condition to assess when testing a boat.

First off, make sure that you like the feel of the sea ray boat when you test in on sea. The idea is simple — if you don’t like riding the boat during the test, you won’t like it any point even after you buy it.

But assessing a used sea ray boat for sale is more than just feeling the vehicle; it is also about looking at the technical aspect of the boat.

First off, get the engine hours via its engine hour meter. The lower the hours it has been used, the more hours it has left for you. But make sure you check the meter before the sea trial and after. This way, you know if the meter is working properly. If the meter barely moved after the test, it means the meter may not have clocked the boat’s hourly usage properly.

Make sure you get a cold start of the boat when you test — meaning, that should have been the first time the boat’s engine has been started that day. Pre-owned boats have older engines; the older the engine, the more effort it might take to start. Obviously, if you have a problem starting the boat’s engine during the test, it could only get worse when you buy it. A cold start will give you the opportunity to listen to odd noises or performance problems. You should also check the engine’s oil dipstick; make sure the oil on the stick isn’t black as ink. The engine should have no strong gas smell as well.