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Our guide to owning a leisure boat

Leisure boats come in all shapes and sizes. But whether you love the traditional good looks of a narrowboat or prefer the pristine chrome of a yacht, buying a boat for pleasure lets you dip a toe into waterside living whenever you choose.

As an island nation surrounded by gorgeous coastline and criss-crossed by picturesque rivers and canals, it’s no wonder so many of us have a love affair with the water. According to ​British Marine​, over a million people in the UK own some kind of boat, from small dinghies to large sea-going cruisers.

But boat ownership offers more than just a sport or a relaxing mode of transport. Having a boat ready and waiting for you at a leisure mooring gives you a holiday home and family activity in one, getting all of your motley crew out enjoying the fresh air and sunshine.

If you’re thinking of taking the plunge, you’ll want to know what leisure boat ownership is really like. If you’re thinking of taking the plunge, you’ll want to know what leisure boat ownership is really like. Whilst you can easily pick up a leisure boat for under  £5k, you can also spend much more if you choose to, and it’s important to choose what’s right for you.

Our guide to owning a boat for leisure can help. We’ll explain exactly what’s involved in boat ownership and how a leisure mooring with Aquavista can help you make the most out of your exciting new purchase.

Is buying a boat for leisure right for me?

Sailing gracefully in the sunshine. Enjoying a cup of tea (or a drink or two) up on deck with your friends. Chugging along a tranquil towpath. Owning a boat does have its advantages, but what kind of person do you have to be? Leisure boat ownership is likely to suit you if...

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What do I need to consider before buying a boat?

You may be sold on the advantages of leisure boat ownership, now for the practicalities. Before you sign on the dotted line, you’ll need to consider some of the costs involved.

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Where should I moor my boat?

If you want to use your boat as a holiday home, berthing it at a well-equipped marina is a great idea. Having more facilities available can help to make your stay more comfortable and encourage your family to come with you.

Choosing a marina berth will also maximise the time you spend cruising, allowing you to get so much more out of boat ownership. Your boat will be ready to take out as soon as you arrive and, at the end of the day, all you need to do is moor up, lock and leave.

At Aquavista marinas you’ll find free parking, chandleries, repair facilities, refuelling pontoons, pump-out services, showers and changing rooms. Things like social events, waterside bars and restaurants all add to the holiday feel.

And because Aquavista has 18 marinas nationwide, you’ll be able to minimise the distance between your home and your boat. Less time driving, more time on the water!

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