When summertime comes and the Colorado temperatures soar into the 80’s and 90’s many of us find ourselves attracted to water. Colorado is home to many reservoirs and most of them allow boats. Every time I visit a lake or reservoir I wish I was one of those lucky folks out in the middle enjoying their boat.
Denver is home to mulitiple new boat dealers, or you can visit craiglist and shop for something used that fits your needs and your wallet. A recent search of boats on craigslist yielded a over 75 boats for sale in the Denver area on a single day.
The first step is to decide what size and type of boat you want and can afford. A good way to determine this is to rent a boat at one of Denver’s reservoirs. Both Chatfield and Cherry Creek reservoirs offer boats for rent at their respective marinas. The options available include aluminum fishing boats, ski boats, pontoon boats, canoes, paddle boats, and sea kayaks.
Before you go shopping it’s good to define your budget and what type of boat you’re in the market for. The choices range from brand new or used sailboats, powerboats, pontoon boats, fishing boats, kayaks, rafts, canoes, or your basic garden variety inter-tube.
Once you’ve decided on the type it’s time to go shopping. Some of Denver’s boat dealers offer a list of used boats that have been either traded in or procured for resale. Also the dealers are a good bet to become further educated about what features newer boats offer.
If you decide to go with a used boat craigslist usually has a good selection to choose from, and many of the ads have images available. Of course when using craigslist it’s wise to heed all the warnings and precautions regarding scams, and transfer on money, etc.
In a recent search for a 16 foot Deep V fishing boat I found more than ten boats fitting the size, price, and description. After browsing on the internet it’s time to visit the seller and inspect the boat you’re considering. At this point the same rules apply as you’d expect when buying a used car. Buyer Beware. One of the most costly parts of the boat is the motor and most can be started out of water with the use of a garden hose and something called motor muffs.
If possible it’s a good bet to get a test drive of the boat on the water, but this is not always convenient for the seller. If and when you do buy a boat be sure and get everything in writing, and to get the title and registration, and any other manuals or documents that belong with the boat.
Good luck in finding a boat and once you get out on one of our many Colorado Reservoirs be safe and have fun.