THE BOAT BUYER’S TOOLBOX
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TO ASSIST IN YOUR BOAT-BUYING RESEARCH:
n Referral list of NAMS and SAMS surveyors:
n For Towing coverage:
n For information about boat financing
and escrow services: www.BoatUS.com/
n For Trailering coverage:
“After I bought the boat, it
took BoatU.S. to help get
my boat repaired. I wish
I’d insisted the broker put
his promises in writing.”
n The online BoatU.S. Consumer Protection
Database contains thousands of firsthand reports about boats, marine
engines, and boat dealers.
n To inquire about BoatU.S. Insurance:
warranty period still applies. A gray area
for warranty coverage may be on boats
used as demos or at boat shows. If you
have any doubt as to the existence or status of a warranty, check directly with the
n The U.S. Coast Guard’s database of
defect recall campaigns is available
online at www.uscgboating.org.
n If you have boat-buying questions, would
like to request a sample purchase agreement, or need consumer guidance, contact the BoatU.S. Consumer Protection
Bureau, 703-461-2856, or e-mail consum-erprotection@BoatUS.com.
manufacturer. Using the hull identification
number for the boat and serial number for
the engine, the manufacturer can give you
the status of their warranties. New-boat
warranties are often transferrable, so check
to see if this is a possibility when you buy a
late-model used vessel.
7Commonly called extended warran- ties, service contracts are actually repair insurance policies. It is important to know that while the manufacturer’s
name may be written on the literature,
they’re administered by a third-party company. Service contracts don’t create a legal
obligation between the manufacturer and
buyer, so before you buy a service contract,
read it over and make sure you feel the coverage is worth the money.
ONLINE EXTRA FOR A DETAILED LIST OF WHAT A SURVEYOR TESTS IN AN IN-DEPTH BOAT INSPECTION, SEE OUR
ADDITIONAL STORY ONLINE, “WHAT A SURVEYOR SHOULD LOOK FOR,” WWW.BOATUS.COM/MAGAZINE.
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