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Kemah Police Chief Chris Reed’s family sues delivery enterprise over deadly boating accident


Kemah Police Chief Chris Reed’s family sues delivery enterprise over deadly boating accident


Longer and warmer days can make us think of lazy days on or near water. When we think about going for a boat ride or fishing on any lake or river, some of us might begin dreaming of owning our boat. Living north of the 49th parallel, the summers tend to be shorter, so we want to know that we will get the most use and value for our boat-buying dollar. Boat shopping can be enjoyable but also annoying, frustrating, exhausting, or all of the above. It would help to ask yourself questions before deciding on a boat because there are many things to consider. First of all, what kind of boat are you looking for? Is it for water skiing, tubing, fishing, or sightseeing? Where and how will you be spending most of your time?

How many people will normally be in the boat with you, and what features do you want or need? For most of us, price is also a major factor. Know how much you are willing to spend on a boat. New boats have great appeal, but some of us may be limited to purchasing a used boat simply because of the price. (A word of caution: a bargain is not necessarily a bargain in the used boat market. A boat bought in the United States and brought to Canada usually has no warranty in Canada. Since I am a marine mechanic in Canada, this article will be from a Canadian perspective)

I was brought a boat bought at an auction in the States late in the season, so it wasn’t until the following spring that it came into my shop to be checked over. The first time I fired up that 200 HP outboard, the knocking was so loud that you could almost hear it clear across town. The outboard was shot and required a $ 5,000 fix. Another man brought me a boat he’d bought in Texas to be used for water skiing.

He thought he’d gotten a great deal. He brought the boat to me because he noticed the instrument panel wasn’t malfunctioning. You couldn’t tell the engine speed because none of the electronic gauges worked. The instrument panel was a one-piece unit, which cost this customer $800 just for the instrument package. He had been sold the boat with the promise of no problems.

New boats have higher price tags and generally need to be financed. Many affordable used boats are out there, and good deals can be found, but some boats that look good and affordable might not be what they seem at first glance. When you begin to select, know your price range, what size of boat will meet your needs, and what features you want.

Also, remember that most of us will need to tow our boat to our fishing or boating destination, so make sure you have a vehicle capable of towing a boat. A 14 to 16-foot boat will work well on smaller lakes without a problem, but I recommend a 16-foot ship rather than a 14-footer. After you’ve chosen the length, you will also have to decide on a width for your boat, as various widths are available. Many of the older models are narrower than today’s boats.

Newer boats have options such as live wells, nautical lighting, bilge pumps, better seating, and better handling. Buying a new ship requires a warranty on the boat, motor, trailer, etc. Many used boats come with minimal warranties or even none, so be sure to ask and get in writing what the contract includes. Too many people have bought a used boat without an agreement to discover that all was not as promised.

Before buying that boat, ask to take it out on the water, preferably with a seasoned boat owner. You do not want to purchase a boat, having been promised that the ship is in great condition and works well, only to find out the first time that you are reduced to rowing back to shore or losing a wheel off the trailer. You could also wind up with dead batteries, no lights, or many other issues.

An example is the man who took his family out for a first ride in his newly purchased used boat. The boat was supposed to be trouble-free and water-ready. He backed the trailer into the water and launched the boat by hand. He pulled it to shore so his family could get in, pushed the boat back into the water, and tried to start the engine. After an hour or so of vainly trying to start the engine, he finally gave up. It was a very windy day, and the water was cold.

He had to row the boat close enough to shore in that wind to stand in the frigid water, push the boat back to shore to enable his family to get out, and then manually move the boat back onto the trailer. When he bought the ship, he was promised no issues with the motor and refused a refund. He was out the money he had paid and would have needed another $1700 to make the boat usable and reliable. Even with the $1700 repair, the ship would only have been worth what he initially paid.

Erika Norman

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