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I grew up in a beautiful farmhouse located on a picturesque dirt road. The home was situated on nearly seventy-five acres of rich farmland. Our backyard was huge. During the summer months, my parents, my sister, my friends, and me often played games in the backyard. I particularly enjoyed playing volleyball and badminton in our spacious backyard. On one particular occasion, one of my friends became so competitive that he got tangled in the volleyball net while attempting to prevent the ball from hitting the ground. I have many fond memories of playing sports at my childhood home. On this blog, you will discover the best types of sports equipment to purchase for your backyard.

Backyard Summer Fun

3 Things to Check When Purchasing a Used Fishing Boat

by Pat Berry

Just like when you purchase a used car, when you purchase a used fishing boat, you should always inspect it closely. Here are four different areas of a used fishing boat for sale that you need to check closely before you agree on a purchasing price.

#1 Engine

The most important part of the boat to inspect is the engine, as it is generally the most expensive part on the boat. You are going to want to check and make sure that water is not getting into inside of the engine in the lower end of it; this can cause the entire lower end of the engine to burn out because of a bad prop shaft seal.

You can easily check and see if the engine on the boat you are interesting has this problem. To check, you are going to need a straight screw driver and a clear plastic cup. You are going to want to remove the screw holding the drain plug on the motor in place.

Once you remove the drain plug, put the cup under it and capture a couple drops of oil. If the oil looks like normal oil, a slight brown to amber color and clear, the engine is in good shape. However, if the oil looks more milky or creamy, then their is water in the engine and you should seriously think twice about purchasing the boat.

#2 Trailer

Next, if the boat comes with a trailer, you are going to wan to make sure that all of the tires have thick tread on them and are not bald. You are going to want to have the owner of the also hook their trailer up to their vehicle and show you that all the lights and brakes work. 

Boat trailers can easily get damaged as they are put in and out of the water, so make sure that trailer works. You want to have some way of moving your new boat around!

#3 Electronics

Try all the electrical components and make sure that they work. You are going to want to check the: lights, radio, pumps and motor to ensure that everything turns on and functions properly. 

Finally, make sure that you take the boat out on a test run. When you take the boat out on the water, be sure to test everything on the boat and make sure from the engine and pumps to the radio and the lights. Keep an eye out and make sure that the boat also doesn't have any leaks; a little water may get into your boat when you are fishing but you shouldn't be taking on serious water just fishing on a calm river or lake on a test run.