If you have lived most of your life in areas with definite boating seasons, you probably feel the same about purchasing a boat as you do about having it serviced: Do it during the winter. Why? Because you want it to be ready to go once the weather is nice, not lingering in a long line for repairs to be completed or orders to arrive. Lovely spring days motivate people to head out on the water, have service done, or purchase a new boat. Generally, those individuals are behind the curve. It’s better to stay ahead of it. So, according to our experts on saltwater fishing in Florida, here are the immediate benefits of purchasing your boat in the winter:


If you buy a boat in the winter, you have plenty of time to do research, plan, specify your needs and funding, and concentrate on what boat and features you want instead of being propelled by knee-jerk emotional reactions in a showroom when many other people are experiencing the same thing.

Off-season pricing

Spring and summer are prime times for purchasing a new boat, and pricing reflects that. However, at the close of fall and the first two-thirds of the winter (which contrasts depending on latitude), you have a fair chance of receiving a discount because business is slow, and dealers might be motivated to shed inventory before new model boats arrive.

Beat inventory delays

If you order a boat that isn’t in a dealer’s inventory, you have a better chance of receiving it before the prime boating season by ordering in early winter. Recent years have been wrought with ordering backlogs. If it will take many months to receive a specific boat, the faster you order it, the better. In addition, you pay a deposit upfront and either settle for the rest when you take delivery or settle up in installments until delivery time.

More choices

With winter demand relatively low, you get a better selection of what’s readily available and what you can order to be fabricated since you’re contending with fewer buyers.

Boat show season

From January to March is when boat shows happen, where you can view many boats from various manufacturers without needing to go to numerous dealer showrooms. Attending a boat show can be extremely useful for examining vessels, floor plans, and components of equivalent products. Incentive pricing usually exists at boat shows, although typically just for stock inventory. Don’t restrict yourself to only a local boat show; traveling out of your region may be a wise idea to locate the type of boat you want.

Good decision making

This is an oft-overlooked benefit of buying a boat in the winter. Purchasing a boat is a significant decision. When demand is down, you have less chance of making a poor decision from feeling pressured by time or competition. You have alternatives and time to guarantee you’re getting what’s suitable for you, your family, and your intended uses.

These are just some of the advantages of buying a boat in the winter. Check out our homepage to plan your saltwater fishing in Florida today!