I have noticed alot of first time boat owners and though Id try to throw my .02 cents worth in and hopefuly someone might read it and it may help THE MOST IPORTANT ADVICE I CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH IS "DO YOUR HOMEWORK WITH A VENGINCE-DO NOT GET ANTSEY AND JUMP OFF THE CLIFF! THE MORE YOU KNOW THE BETTER! There are several things to consider #1 is the kind of boat you are looking at and the things to consider..issues about it...hows it look etc.......a boat is a boat aint true.......buying used means buyer beware you are not purchasing the boat you are purchasing the motor-The Motor is the heart and if you dont wanna row da boat Johnny keep this in mind. I would reccomend talking to someone that has owned a boat for awhile and pay attention to what they say-see if you can go out with them a few times even take them on your quest when you think you found your buy. Make sure you know your states regs-check all your tags on the boat and trailer make sure they are up to date.consider the maitence involved on your boat and trailer it is expensive but not as bad if you are capable of diong the work yourself. Preventive maitence is no where near as costly if you do it regularly.SAFTEY ON THE WATER IS A MUST-If you dont have the boat up to par then the tickets will come and youll find its just easier and more fun to have her right! PUT IT IN THE WATER & RUN IT! Check it thouroughly......... Be paitent and look hard-how well you do your homework is gonna show in the end.This is a majior investment your life is depending on dont take that lightly-dont get intimidated or frustrated you will have years of pleasure out there and you cant rush a good thing!