Sea trials involve taking the boat on the water and operating it under the same conditions you would on a boating trip. Basically, sea trials serve two purposes: satisfying the owner and gathering data for surveyors.
Boat owners are encouraged to bring family and friends along to simulate a typical day on the water. Test ride performance with a light load will not be indicative of the performance you’ll feel when you use the boat.
If a boat is sluggish or barely meets your performance objectives during a test ride, ask us about horsepower options if it’s a new boat and inquire about the service history if it’s a brokerage vessel: email our service department at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a short checklist example of a Sea Trial
- Make the boat environment as realistic as possible to replicate a typical day.
- Find out about horsepower options from your dealer and test your boat’s performance.
- Play the role of both driver and passenger.
- Consider engine trim and how you will use the boat (fishing, watersports, etc.).
- Test conditions in rough water by bringing the boat to full speed and making a hard turn. Watch how well the boat keeps its line at no-wake speeds.
- Check for glare and reflections as you run into and away from the sun.
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