Assessing Your Boating Needs Bennington VT

Before you hit the water, take the Nomadik boating needs assessment to find the best way to meet your nautical needs.

Chipman Point Marina
(802) 948-2288
68 Chipmans Point Rd
Orwell, VT
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Plunder Bay Marina Inc
(802) 948-2330
250 Mount Independence Rd
Orwell, VT
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Plunder Bay Marina Inc

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Vermont Houseboats Vacation
(802) 948-2330
Mount Independence R
Orwell, VT
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Vermont Houseboats Vacation

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Stowe Yacht Club
(802) 253-4184
PO Box 88
Stowe, VT
 
Fox Marine Sales And Service
(802) 862-7707
356 Prim Rd.
Colchester, VT
 
Royal Boat Rentals
(802) 684-3379
3182 Route 2 W
West Danville, VT
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Royal Boat Rentals

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Shelburne Shipyard
(802) 985-3326
4584 Harbor Rd
Shelburne, VT
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Shelburne Shipyard

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Fairlee Marine & Recreation
(802) 333-9745
274 Us Route 5 S
Fairlee, VT
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Fairlee Marine & Recreation

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Bruce Hill Yacht Sales, Inc.
(802) 985-3336
4520 Harbor Road
Shelburne, VT
 
Marine Collection
(802) 658-9420
3017 Williston Rd
So. Burlington, VT
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New Boat Sales, Used Boat Sales, Engine Repair, Marina, Boat Ramp, Boat Storage, Back-in Test, Boat Rental, In-Water Demos

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Assessing Your Boating Needs

Picking the perfect “hole in the water”

Some say the definition of a boat is “a hole in the surface of the water into which money is thrown.” But whether you're dropping pennies or 20-dollar bills will depend on the model you choose and your ability to spot a nautical lemon.

What Floats Your Boat?

Before you decide to go new or used , it's best to do a needs assessment first. Like RVs , boats are not a one-size-fits-all purchase. Most boats are designed for specific purposes, and pushing them beyond their engineered limits can put everyone on board at risk. Unless you're facing gale conditions, you won't be able to water ski behind a sailboat, and you can't rely on the wind to blow your powerboat ashore when you run out of gas.

  • Analyze your activities: Determine the water activities you enjoy most. If you want to spend a quiet summer sailing, renting a JetSki for the odd afternoon may satisfy your adrenaline needs.
  • Lone wolf or pack animal: Who will be boating with you? Will you be fishing with a buddy or taking the whole family? The number of passengers will determine how much space you need for sitting, socializing and sleeping.
  • Day tripper or houseboat: If you plan on using the boat for overnight sleeping, you'll have to take cabin space into consideration. Both the number of beds and how easily they convert will be a factor.
  • Which waterway will you wander: Boats designed for small inland lakes and those engineered to take the big waves of the open ocean aren't interchangeable. Smaller boats aren't safe on large bodies of water, including certain Great Lakes, and larger boats will get run aground in shallow waterways.
  • The tinker factor: Some people love tinkering with high-maintenance boats, while others would rather undergo a root canal without anesthetic than mess with their vessel. Make sure your boat selection keeps pace with your maintenance abilities and desire to get your hands dirty....

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