How Much Do Fishing Boats Really Cost: 3 Part Series
Part 1: Essentials You Will Need...
Boatshop24 are pleased to bring our readers a 3 part series dedicated to offering advice on the costs and what’s involved when it comes to owning your own fishing boat.
Sea angling has always been a strongly participated sport and with the evidence our fish stocks are in decline casting from the shore is proving harder and harder so it is no wonder anglers are taking afloat to chase their quarry.
In this series of articles written by Colin Etherington, an angler for anglers, we start by covering some essential topics that may not initially be considered.
So, how much does a boat cost? A good fishing boat ranges from around £2,000 all the way up past £600K, however throughout this series, boat costs will be discussed in more detail providing you with all the information you need to calculate whether you can afford to own your own fishing boat.
Most, if not all of those reading this who have fished countless tides whether day or night on beaches up and down the country have always wanted to cast further, to get to the deeper water in hope of hooking and landing a new PB (personal best) of a particular species. Boat fishing allows you to do just that and more and more anglers that I am meeting on the shingle are taking this literally. It’s hardly surprising though, once afloat, a competent angler has so much more opportunity than his fellow angler stood on a beach. So, once you have made that decision to buy a boat where do you start other than perhaps Googling “sea fishing boats for sale uk”?
When buying a boat, the biggest outlay will always be the boat and engine. The associated equipment needed to safely, comfortably and successfully fish our coasts can certainly tot up very quickly and this is an area often not budgeted for when considering boat costs. Take your fishing tackle for example, you probably have 2 rods and 2 reels. These I would like to say are the biggest 2 items and the most expensive individual outlays, however, the remainder of your tackle can, and often does, total more in purchase value than the 2 biggest outlays.
Those that are seriously considering owning a boat will already be familiar with the type of fishing they are looking to encounter, whether that be inshore or offshore. Inshore boats are quite often a lower cost option to fast fishing boats, that are needed to reach offshore marks quickly. They do however have a lot in common when it comes to safety equipment and it is essential to fish safely and have the relevant safety equipment on board. All of the following equipment should be available on your fishing boat and budgeted for, the RNLI and Coastguard Services are happy to provide guidance on this subject of safety equipment to be carried by private boats so please feel free to contact them.
• Personal Flotation Devices – These must not only be carried but worn by everyone on your boat, most prefer a life jacket as it will keep you floating the correct way up for many hours.
• Life Belt & Throwing Belt – To be used in emergencies when a crew member needs assistance if overboard.
• Distress Signals – Fishing boats should all carry distress flares and smoke signals which are available to buy in inshore and offshore ranges, remember to keep an eye their expiry dates.
• VHF Radio – You should ideally take an exam in the use of these radios, they should be registered to the boat, their main safety advantage is they can be connected to a GPS allowing the current position of the set to be broadcast automatically.
• Anchor – Even if you are only fishing on the drift it is essential to carry a respectable anchor, if your engine fails whilst near to rocks, shipping lanes or sandbanks. Some anglers carry 2 in case the first doesn’t hold.
• Secondary means of propulsion – This should mainly be noted for those with 2nd hand outboards, they can be temperamental and subject to the size of your boat, oars and paddles are a solution.
• Navigation Lights – These are essential for any after dark fishing, research what is required but best advice is to own a set of battery powered emergency navigation lights as back up.
• Depth, Fish Finder – Knowing the depth of water is so important for fishermen, it also provides confidence you are in the correct area with fish showing on the screen. That's why fish finders are essential for any fishing trip!
By shopping online and buying mail order from recommended chandlers, bigger discounts can be found. I recently decided to shop around myself and by buying middle of the road equipment I managed to source the above for around £870. So that is a bare minimum of the safety equipment required to go fishing at sea and by no means is it either a comprehensive list. There will always be extra costs involved, but these can normally be overcome within an additional yearly budget of 10% of the boats value.
Stay tuned for my next article featuring the risks of buying second hand boats compared to brand new fishing vessels and what you should check for. Follow Boatshop24 on Facebook today for the latest news updates.
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