Sponsored: A New Boater Guide to Finding Your Dream Boat


Jan 25, 2024

Finding the boat of your dreams should be an exciting adventure. But if you’re a new boater, you may be overwhelmed by the number of brands and styles available. Leaving you wondering, where and how do I begin my search?

The first step industry professionals recommend is to define your style of boating. You can do this by asking yourself: what does my perfect day on the water consist of? Some may be looking to spend the day with family or friends cruising around or taking part in watersports. Boaters who seek this, gravitate towards brands that offer day cruisers with towing abilities and/or pontoons that can accommodate many passengers. Others may be looking to wrangle in the season’s largest fish, for which they’d be on the hunt for the perfect fishing boat. And, for more adventurous boaters, they may look to escape for long periods on a cruiser that provides all the comforts of home.

Once you’ve narrowed down what your dream day on the water looks like, start researching brands that match what you are looking for. This is a great time to start establishing your budget, what features are essential to you, and compare the brands that fit your criteria, as well as the warranties they offer. As a new boater, you’ll want to compare many reputable brands to expand your knowledge of what’s available on the market.

This leads us to the next important question to ask yourself, where do you plan to boat? Buying from a local dealership near the waters you plan to boat on will provide you with a team of knowledgeable brand ambassadors that can help you narrow down your search even further. They’ll know the waters you’ll be exploring, which boat brands are best to meet your needs and have a team of fully trained marine technicians to support you after the purchase. This will give you confidence in your decision when choosing that final model.

It may feel counter-intuitive to think about all this now with all the snow flying, but January is a great time for new boaters to make their purchase. With boat shows like the Toronto International Boat Show, and boat-buying tools such as Find Your Dream Boat from Maple Leaf Marinas, you’ll be able to easily compare brands and speak with brand ambassadors from local dealerships all in one place, while taking advantage of exclusive savings from dealers and manufacturers.

With the Toronto Boat Show on now, this is an ideal time to book an in-person consultation with a brand ambassador to help point you in the right direction. This will give you the one-on-one support you need to start your boat-buying journey. Find your dream boat and book an in-person consult today: https://mlmarinas.com/boat-show-tibs/

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