The next thing to consider is your budget. There are a huge range of boats available to boats to meet all budgets. Apart form the initial cost of the boat, you should also factor in the ongoing costs associated with a boat, such as safety equipment, marine berths, fuel and maintenance.
Once you have thought about your budget, it is time to consider what you will use the boat for. Are you a recreational angler or prefer professional sports fishing?
Will your boat be used for cruising leisurely with your family and friends, or for more active water sports? Knowing the purpose will then influence the shape and design of the hull that you should look for, and even the type of material such as fibreglass.
How many people will you likely to boat with? Do you need to have sleeping accommodation and storage? Will you want plumbing? What amount of deck space meets your needs? If you are unsure, consider heading to a boat show or consulting an expert in ship building, like Tailored Marine Boats to help you design the right layout for your boat. They can also help guide you in the design of the hull.
Some boats can be difficult to operate so you may need to undertake some new training. Check your marine or boating authority as you might need a boating or marine licence. These requirements will differ according to your location.
Also consider how many people are needed to help you get the boat in and out of the water. Do you want a boat that can be carried on a trailer? The size of boat that you choose will influence where the boat can be stored.