Boat Buying Tips: Finding the Perfect Vessel for You

Boat Buying Tips: Finding the Perfect Vessel for You

Welcome Aboard!


So you've decided it's time to buy a boat and join the boating lifestyle. Congratulations, and welcome to our marina Great Lakes Yacht Sales, located on a prime spot on Lake Michigan in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Our staff has been helping folks like you find the perfect boat to enjoy our beautiful waters since 1996. We offer several popular brands like Sea Ray, Starweld, SunChaser and Donzi, in addition to other quality boat makers. We figured we'd provide a few tips to assist you in finding your perfect vessel. 


Decide How You'll Use It

Before you start looking at boats, you'll need to figure out what types of boating you want to do. Will you mostly be fishing or watersports? Cruising with friends and family along the shoreline? For instance, SunChaser's selection of pontoon boats are great for relaxing bay and lake excursions. While sporty Donzi's are perfect for tubing, wakeboarding, and thrill-seeking activities. Share how you hope to enjoy your new boat so we can match you with the right option.


Consider Family Size and Growth

How many people do you plan to have aboard now, and in the future? Sea Ray's selection includes cruisers and yachts that can comfortably fit large groups. Their superior quality ensures durability as your family expands. Starweld Center Console fishing boats provide versatile room for 2-4 anglers. Let our experienced staff guide you through choosing adequate space for years of memorable days on the water.  


Assess Your Budget  

One of the biggest purchasing factors is price. It's essential to set a comfortable budget for the boat itself, gas, maintenance, marina fees, insurance, accessories and all other watercraft costs. Explore loan options and determine monthly payments that work for your finances. We offer competitive financing and take trade-ins which could reduce your overall purchase amount. Let's have a transparent conversation about budget from the start, so you get the perfect boat at a payment you're happy with for years to come.


Think About Your Lifestyle

What type of boating best matches your lifestyle? Do you enjoy cruising casually in a pontoon? Or are you more excited by the high speeds of wakeboarding on a Donzi? Envision what you want to do while onboard so we can direct you towards appropriate boat models. Share how you hope to enjoy your new vessel, so we find one that brings that vision to life.


The Boat Buying Process

Once you decide it's time to take the plunge, here is an overview of the boat purchasing process at Great Lakes Yacht Sales:


- Visit our indoor showroom and outdoor lot to explore models like Sea Ray Sport Boats or Starweld Aluminum Fishing Boats. Experience different deck layouts, seating, performance and amenities.  


- Narrow down your favorite vessels, schedule test drives to feel how brands like SunChaser or Donzi handle in the water to determine what feels right!  


We proudly offer the latest models from quality builders like Sea Ray, Starweld, SunChaser and Donzi. Our extensive inventory and excellent financing options make finding your dream boat an exciting journey. Let our expert experience guide you to smooth sailing ahead!


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