With summer drawing to a close, the prime season for taking a boat out is just about over. Slowly but surely the temperatures will start to dip, and before you know it, it’ll be winter again. You can of course take a boat out on the water in the winter, but it’s much less enjoyable for much of the country. Try taking a boat out on the water in New Hampshire during the winter. You can’t, because it’s no longer water. It’s ice.
Although you generally don’t want to take a boat out on the water in the winter, it happens to be the best time of the year to start looking at new boats for sale. That’s because the winter is the slow time of the year for boat dealerships. They do significantly less business during the winter, which means their demand is way, way down. When you compare how many people go into boat stores in July with how many go into them in December, the contrast is stark.
It’s due to these low levels of interest that the winter is the best time of the year to buy a boat. Since no one is going into boat stores, the stores aren’t making any money. To help cover those costs, they hire less employees, cut back on hours, and encourage their employees to take their vacation and sick time. They also lower their prices on some products. Obviously, they’re not going to lower the price of a $30,000 boat to $10,000, but they might lower it to $25,000 or so. That’s $5,000 off, a huge discount. Boat dealerships need to do some business during the winter, and lowering their prices is one way in which they’re able to do that.
It’s not just the prices on new boats that come down during the winter. The prices on used boats come down as well. Thus, the winter is also the best time of the year to check out used boats for sale. If you don’t believe any of this, just take a look at what the boats at your local dealership cost right now and then compare those prices to the prices that you see in December. It’s very likely that they’re going to come down some, even if just by a little.
If you’re in the market for a new boat but you’ve been discouraged by the prices you’ve been coming across, it might be a good idea for you to wait it out a little bit. Take the next couple of months to get your finances in the best shape possible, and then go back in a few months and check on the prices of the boats you’re considering buying. Odds are you’ll find a better deal, one that you might be able to afford. If you’re still in the process of figuring out which shop you want to buy your new boat from and you happen to be up in the Lake Winnipesaukee region, stop by Goodhue & Hawkins. They’ve got an excellent inventory of both used and new boats for sale.