Queensland is a beautiful state, featuring a breathtaking coast and waterways that are begging to be explored. However, before you take the exciting step of purchasing a boat, there are a few important considerations that you need to take into account so you can keep safe and enjoy the freedom a boat can give.Confirming Ownership
For any vessel that you are planning on purchasing, confirm that the seller is the registered owner and there are no outstanding marine mortgages; otherwise, you might end up footing the bill for prior debts. Each Queensland boat should have its own HIN (or Hull Identification Number). Armed with this, a prospective buyer can consult the Personal Properties Security Register to check that clear and free title exists.Sea Trial
Before parting with payment, you are well advised to take the craft out onto the water yourself, or have a trusted agent do it for you, to check its seaworthiness and how well its parts function. Since the costs incurred by a sea trial, such as launching fees or skipper fees, are generally charged to the buyer, be sure to negotiate these with the seller in advance.Know the Rules
The shape and size of a marine vessel largely determine how it can be used and which regulations apply. Some will need marine licenses to operate, whereas very small boats generally do not. As the boat’s owner, you have the responsibility of making sure that it is in good working condition, is operated safely and that the safety equipment is correct and up to date. Familiarise yourself with these requirements prior to purchase, ensuring you grasp the rules and regulations specific to Queensland boat ownership. Any boat featuring a motor with 3kW or more of power has to be registered before entering Queensland waters.Protecting Your Investment
Safety equipment, such as safety vests for Queensland boats, is strictly regulated. Make sure you have the right kit on board before setting off. Maritime Safety Queensland have information about safety equipment legal requirements. In case something does happen to your boat, it pays to be insured. Insurance varies depending on how big your boat is, what speeds it has and where you want to sail it. Research your individual needs before making any decisions.