3 ideas where to buy a boat

So you’ve seen everyone having fun on the lake or you’ve read our blog posts about various boating adventures and now you want to get into boat ownership. “Where to buy a boat” might be the next question on your mind. There are several sources, but it will certainly help if you live near a large body of water.

Boat dealer

If you have some large lakes or rivers nearby, there may also be a boat dealer nearby. You should have the latest models in your inventory and possibly just have the used fishing boat you were looking for, possibly as a trade item. Not only can you buy a boat here, but the boat dealers usually have a service department should any problems arise.

Boat show

These events gather many boat dealers together. Here you can compare boat types, such as family fishing boats, and knowledgeable staff are on hand to answer your questions about buying a boat. There is sometimes a participation fee, but if you are seriously looking for a place to buy a boat and have so many boats under one roof for comparison, this can be a time-saving event.


You may have noticed a boat with a sale sign on your way to work. Once you’ve done your homework, examined the make and model of the boat and engine, and asked all the right boat questions, this may be a good place to find an inexpensive watercraft. Many boats are available online or in classifieds.

Also, pay attention to various water-related events. For example, boat companies sometimes offer test drives to large multi-day fishing tournaments. This way you can get your feet wet with the sensation of what the competing anglers are experiencing. The event staff can point you in the right direction where to buy a fishing boat or other type of boat.

Andy Whitcomb

Andy is an outdoor writer ( and stressed-out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to since 2011. Born in Florida but raised on the banks of farm ponds in Oklahoma, he now hunts pike, small bass and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After graduating with a degree in zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fisheries research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and the US state of Michigan.


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