Boats are costly and to help you avoid those financial mistakes look over the following tips.

1. If you are considering a mid size power boat make sure it is the correct boat for the type of water you will be boating in. A larger body of water will make a difference on the performance of your boat.

2. Do a careful check of the engine you will be using on the boat. Will it stand up to the use it will be getting? If you are thinking about buying a diesel engine do some research. Sometimes those boat engines are not as reliable as you would think.

3. The design is important but so is performance. You can achieve both goals if you take the time to ask questions about both issues. Talk to people who own boats and see what their likes and dislikes are.

4. Is the boat comfortable? All boats are not created alike. Try them out and find out which one fits you best.

5. Visit boat shows and discover how you can get the most boat for the money. Remember, however, the dealers are trying to sell their boats.

It might be best to base your boat buying decision on more than just this experience.

6. Boat For Sale: Check out the classifieds in the newspapers where you live. If you have done your research you will have a pretty good idea what you are looking for and what you are willing to pay.

7. Don?t feel the need to buy the first boat you see. Make sure it is the one you really want, that it is of good quality and has the features that are most important to you.

You will be less likely to "rock the boat" if you use education and caution before the purchase of a boat.