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Be ready for your test drive with this helpful guide full of questions to ask.  

Deciding on a new boat is for you and your family is an exciting time. With all the new technology and designs of modern boats, you can find one that is the perfect fit. Part of knowing which boat is right is to take a test drive and experience the boat on the water. 

Test drives are important to get the full experience of a boat before purchasing. We want to make sure you get the most out of your test drive, which is why we have put together this list of questions to ask.  

Asking these questions will help you understand everything about the boat you’re interested in purchasing. Look at this list to prepare for your upcoming test drive.  

The Boat’s Performance 

We recommend asking these questions that revolve around the boat’s performance. Knowing what to expect from the performance of the boat will set your expectations. The last thing you want is to be surprised by the performance, or lack of at any point in the ownership of the boat.  

  1. What is the boat’s maximum speed? 
  2. How does the boat handle different conditions? (Calm vs Choppy) 
  3. Are there any specific handling tips or tricks? 
  4. How responsive is steering? 
  5. How does the boat handle when parking in a lift or at a dock? 
  6. How does the hull of this boat differ from others that are similar? 

Technology Onboard 

Next, you’ll want to make sure you become familiar with the technology on the boat. In today’s world, boats are built with tons of technology and complicated systems. Be sure to ask these questions to make sure you know everything about the technology on the boat.   

  1. What technology and systems are on the boat? 
  2. What systems are automatic and what are manual? 
  3. What safety features does the boat have? 

Fuel Questions 

It’s no secret that most boats guzzle gas. This is why it’s important to ask questions about fuel on the specific boat you’re interested in. Be ready with what you should expect by asking these questions about fuel.  

  1. What is typical fuel consumption at cruising speeds? 
  2. How large is the fuel tank and what is the estimated range? 
  3. Do I need to use Marine fuel? 

Versatility of Seating 

Many boat manufacturers work hard to ensure the maximum comfort for customers spending time on the boat. Asking questions directed at understanding the onboard features will ensure that you enjoy every second you spend on the boat.  

  1. Layout and special features on board 
  2. Are there any varying seating arrangements? 
  3. Can I add any additional customizations 

Towing Behind the Boat 

Safety should always be the most important thing whenever on a boat. And though water sports are fun for everyone, if the correct safety precautions are not taken, it can be extremely dangerous. This is why we want to help you be as prepared as possible.  

  1. How do I safely tow someone behind the boat? 
  2. How do I safely pick a rider up after they have fallen? 
  3. What do I do on a busy part of the water to make sure everyone stays safe? 

Don’t Forget These Questions 

Now that we’ve reviewed some important questions, there are just a few more that we don’t want you to forget while out on your test drive. Be sure to ask these questions as well to be prepared before ending your test drive.  

  1. What is the warranty on the boat? 
  2. How often should I service the boat? 
  3. Are there any parts of the lake/river that I should avoid with this boat? 

Feel Confident 

After your test drive, you should have all of these questions answered. This will help you buy the boat with full confidence that this is the right boat for you and your family. You can then enjoy the boat for years to come as it’s everything you expected and wanted out of a new boat.  

Remember this is meant to be a guide. Ask all questions you have while on your test drive to ensure this is the right boat. 


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