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What to Look for When Buying a Used Aluminum Boat

Aluminum Boats | February 14, 2019

Knowing what to look for when buying a used aluminum boat can help you spot potential problems before making a purchase. At Bridgeview Marine, we understand how important it is to do your due diligence before buying a used boat. That is why we have put together a list of some of the things that you should look for when buying a used aluminum boat.

Things to Look for When Buying a Used Aluminum Boat

Some of the things that you should look for when buying a used aluminum boat include:

1. Cracks

While almost every aluminum boat will have a crack or two (usually near where the fittings are mounted and near stress points), multiple cracks in one area could be an indication of structural or impact damage.

2. Chips, Scratches, and Old Repairs

Make sure to check the entire surface of the aluminum boat for any scratches, chips, or areas that have a different colour or texture, indicating a previous repair. While these issues may not affect the overall usability of the boat, they may lead to a reduction in the boat’s value.

3. Worn-Out Steering System

One of the most dangerous and expensive problems to look for in a used aluminum boat is a worn-out steering system. Make sure to look for wear and tear on the cables and the mounting areas, as well as to check for a tight outboard engine.

4. Damaged Skeg and Props

Make sure to check the lower unit for any missing chunks or rough areas, as well as to check the propeller for any bends or other damage. While damage to the propeller may appear minor, it could lead to internal issues later on, as impact to the lower unit could potentially cause gear failure.

5. Corrosion

Since aluminum boats can be subject to corrosion, make sure to inspect the boat for excessive amounts of grey or white chalky corrosion. If there is excessive corrosion on the aluminum boat, it is likely that the boat has been used in salt water at some point in time.

6. Damaged Wires

Consider checking the battery connections to ensure that the wires are free of any cuts or frays. If possible, take a look under the dash for any similar issues. Taking the time to ensure that the wires are tight, clean, and organized can save you a lot of hassle down the road.

If you would like to learn more about what to look for when buying a used aluminum boat, or if you are interested in purchasing one of our used aluminum boats, please contact Bridgeview Marine at the location nearest you or by filling out a contact form on our website.