When is the Best Time to Buy a Boat? | Boat Dealers | Greenville NC | Rocky Mount NC

When is the best time to buy a boat? Each season has its own advantages, but understanding the different seasons for boat-buying can help you find a better deal. Whether you are buying in the height of summer or the chill of winter, knowing how the different seasons affect boat sales can improve your overall shopping and purchase experience.

Spring or Summer

If you were to take a poll of boat owners, you’d likely see that spring and summer are, in general, considered the worst times to buy a boat. These are, after all, the boating seasons—so more people are out buying a boat, driving demand and, in some cases, increasing prices. Because of increased competition for boats and a large pool of people shopping for their next craft, many people avoid shopping in the spring and summer.

However, there’s a reason that so many people want to buy a boat during these months. Summer is boating season, so buying in the spring allows you to prepare for your new activity, and buying in the summer allows you to enjoy the water right away.

Fall

Many people will argue that the fall is the best time for buying a boat. This is because most of the manufacturers start offering discounts around September and October. When demand begins to decline, dealers often provide incentives for buyers in the form of discounts and deep cuts in pricing. For both new and used models, you can often find some of the best prices by searching for a boat during the fall.

In addition to the superior pricing, if you buy a boat in the fall you can use the entire off-season to install equipment and accessories. You can also ensure that there is plenty of time to get the boat ready before the start of next boating season.

Winter, aka Boat Show Season

The winter might seem like an odd time to buy a boat, but many people feel that this is the absolute best time. Why? Because of boat shows! Boat shows bring together a large selection from the most popular manufactures from across the globe, allowing you to explore various models across all ranges of price, size, and style. Exhibitors show off new models and display the latest features, and you can look at many boats from different companies without going from one location to another.

“Boat-show season” usually starts around January and lasts through March, and you can often find great deals at these events. Even dealers in warm climates are trying to sell their year-end inventory, so there is usually a chance for a quality deal even if there is no off-season for boating.

 

The real best time to buy is when you’re ready! 

The truth is, there is never a bad time to buy a boat. The best time is when you’re ready for fun and adventure on the water! If you want more information on the best boats, contact us today. We’ll help you make a confident decision on your next boat purchase!

We are your local boat, motor, and trailer dealer. For many decades, Greenville Marine & Sports Center has been serving Pitt and Beaufort counties and Eastern North Carolina. We offer many brands of boats and engines—both new and used. Our awesome sales and service staff is excited to help you buy a new or used boat!

If you’re looking to buy a boat, look no further! We’re here to help you make the best decision for you and your future boating life. Check out our boat inventory and let us know how we can help you. To contact our boat shop, please call (252) 758-5938. To contact our outdoor shop, please call (252) 758-5945. Come by and see us!

How to Load a Boat onto a Trailer | Boat Dealers | Greenville NC | Rocky Mount NC

The perfect ending for a day on the water starts with a stress-free retrieval of your boat—which includes successfully loading it back on its trailer for a safe trip home. Here are some simple step-by-step instructions for navigating that process.

  1. Start by idling up to the launch-ramp dock, and putting your vehicle driver and crew ashore. While they walk up to the parking lot and prepare to back down the ramp, you can idle and wait out of the way.
  2. When you see your tow vehicle backing down the ramp, get the boat in position.
  3. The driver should put the vehicle in park and set the parking brake.
  4. Your driver can now be ready to hop on the trailer tongue or step into the water to help secure the boat on the trailer.
  5. The trailer should be backed into the water as straight as possible, and at a depth that allows the boat to float over the rear two-thirds of the trailer bunks.
  6. Now, you can idle the boat over the bunks, aligning the bow peak with the trailer bow stop.
  7. If the ramp is shallow you may need to trim your outboard motor or sterndrive up a bit so the prop doesn’t hit bottom.
  8. When the boat bumps the bow stop on the winch post, or gets close, your helper can clip the winch strap to the bow eye, and use the winch to pull the boat up snug to the winch post, and then secure the safety chain.
  9. If the boat ends up a little crooked on the trailer, try backing down the ramp just a little to allow the boat to float and center itself. Now tilt the motor or drive up, and the vehicle driver can slowly pull the boat and trailer up the ramp.
  10. Just as when launching, you’ll want to pull your rig out of the way of ramp activity to unload gear and prepare the trailer and boat for the highway.

We are your local boat, motor, and trailer dealer. For many decades, Greenville Marine & Sports Center has been serving Pitt and Beaufort counties and Eastern North Carolina. We offer many brands of boats and engines—both new and used. Our awesome sales and service staff is excited to help you buy a new or used boat!

If you’re looking to buy a boat, look no further! We’re here to help you make the best decision for you and your future boating life. Check out our boat inventory and let us know how we can help you. To contact our boat shop, please call (252) 758-5938. To contact our outdoor shop, please call (252) 758-5945. Come by and see us!

Get Ready to Go Boating! | Boat Dealers | Greenville NC | Rocky Mount NC

Even though it’s cold this week in North Carolina, it has started to feel like spring recently! And you know what that means: it’s time to get out on the water! Whether your boat has been sitting out in the weather all winter (we hope not), or stored somewhere safe, you’ll need to de-winterize your boat for the spring time before you start it up and hit the water. Keep reading to find out everything you’ll need to do once you take off your boat’s winter coat in order to get out on the water!

De-Winterizing Your Boat for Spring

The major systems that need de-winterizing include:

  • Engines
  • Plumbing Systems
  • Batteries and Electrical Systems

In addition to de-winterizing systems, other spring commissioning tasks may include:

  • Removing a Winter Cover
  • Cleaning and Waxing
  • Painting the Bottom
  • Taking Care of Teak

Spring Commissioning for Plumbing Systems

Boats that have freshwater systems, heads with holding tanks, sinks, and showers, should have been treated with antifreeze in the fall. This means that now you’ll need to flush these hoses and lines with freshwater, until you’re absolutely sure all the antifreeze has been washed away.

  1. Fill all the tanks up.
  2. Open all the faucets and showers.
  3. Let them run until you stop seeing any discoloration from the pink, non-toxic, propylene glycol antifreeze.
  4. Then let them run for a minute or two more, just to be sure the lines are completely flushed out.

Spring Commissioning for Batteries & Electrical Systems

In most cases, the only thing you’ll need to do to get your boat’s marine battery ready for the new season is make sure it’s in place, hooked up properly, and fully charged. Many people remove the batteries from the boat and put them on a maintenance-charger over the winter, so in this case they’ll need to be put back into the boat with the leads properly connected. Even if your batteries stayed aboard, however, don’t neglect to hook up a charger before you try launching the boat—the number-one problem boaters report encountering on a spring shake-down cruise is a low or dead battery.

Come see us!

At Greenville Marine & Sports Center, we are your local boat, motor, and trailer dealer. For many decades, we’ve been serving Pitt and Beaufort counties and Eastern North Carolina. We offer many brands of boats and engines, and our experienced sales and service staff is excited to help you buy a new or used boat.

If you’re looking to buy a new or used boat, look no further! We’re here to help you make the best decision for you and your future boating life. Check out our boat inventory and let us know what catches your eye.

We are located at 3600 Greenville Boulevard in Greenville, NC. To contact our boat shop, please call (252) 758-5938. To contact our outdoor shop, please call (252) 758-5945. Come by and see us from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday, or 8:30 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday. We can’t wait to work with you!

First-Time Boat Owner? | Boat Dealers | Greenville NC | Rocky Mount NC

For over 49 years, Greenville Marine & Sport Center has been serving Pitt and Beaufort counties and Eastern North Carolina. We are your local boat, motor, and trailer dealer. We offer many brands of boats and engines, and our experienced sales and service staff is excited to help you buy a new or used boat. If you’re looking to buy a new or used boat, look no further! Check out our boat inventory and let us know what catches your eye.

If you’ve recently become a first-time boat owner, congratulations! There’s a lot to consider and learn when you buy your first boat. We’re here to help you out with a few tips. In brief, here’s a checklist from DiscoverBoating.com:

  1. Secure boat insurance.
  2. Learn how to trailer your boat.
  3. Learn how to launch and retrieve your boat.
  4. Determine where you will store your boat.
  5. Understand basic maintenance requirements.
  6. Stock your boat with the proper equipment.
  7. Follow a pre-departure checklist.
  8. Master basic on-the-water operating skills.
  9. Always practice safe and responsible boating.
  10. Enjoy your new boat!

Now, a bit more about a couple of these tips:

Do you really need to insure your boat?

You need to insure your boat, both for liability and for damage to the boat, and in that regard boat insurance is similar to the policy that covers your automobile.

It’s important to understand that there are some types of coverage that are specific to boats.

  • For example, a policy with specific fuel-spill liability protects you from clean-up claims or third-party damage caused by the accidental discharge of oil or fuel, if your boat were to leak fuel or sink in a marina.
  • If you have an accident while towing, your boat policy may pay to repair or replace the trailer as well as the boat.
  • If your trailer causes injuries to people or damage to property, your auto policy should cover the liability.

Check both policies to make sure you are covered. Other factors to consider are special requirements for boats in hurricane zones, boats leaving U.S. waters, and boats traveling far from shore.

Where are you going to store your new boat?

You might store your new boat on its trailer, but where will you park it? Not all communities permit boats to be parked-long-term in a residential driveway. Will your boat trailer fit in your garage? Maybe you need a trailer with a swing-away tongue. There are many other boat-storage options, from a dry stack valet service to mooring in a marina.

Pro Tip: If your boat will be stored outside, invest in a good cover. Keep the boat protected from UV rays and weathering, and it’ll look much better a few years down the road.

If you haven’t bought your first boat yet because you’re waiting to find the perfect boat, let us help! To contact our boat shop, please call (252) 758-5938. To contact our outdoor shop, please call (252) 758-5945. Come by and see us!

Happy New Year! | Boat Dealers | Greenville NC | Rocky Mount NC

Happy New Year from all of us at Greenville Marine & Sports Center! We wanted to remind you of what we do here. We are your local boat, motor, and trailer dealer; we’ve been proudly serving Pitt and Beaufort counties and Eastern North Carolina for almost 50 years. We deal brands , G3 Boats, Cypress Cay Pontoons, May-Craft, Nautic Star, Robalo, Tidewater, and Phoenix Bass Boats. We also sell Yamaha and Mercury engines. Our experienced sales and service staff would love to help you with a new or used boat purchase! Now’s a GREAT time to buy a boat!

Stop by and visit our great outdoor shop, which is stocked with tackle, rods and reels, clothing, sunglasses, guns, hunting supplies, archery, and even an archery range. Come check us out! Buy local – you won’t be disappointed! 

If you’re looking to buy a new or used boat, look no further! Check out our boat inventory and let us know what catches your eye. 

We have stayed open through the pandemic, and we hope that you will support our business. We want to get you ready for a great summer full of boating, fishing, archery, sun, and fun. Check out our boat inventory and also our outdoor shop. We’re sure to have what you’re looking for! 

We are located at 3600 Greenville Boulevard in Greenville, NC. To contact our boat shop, please call (252) 758-5938. To contact our outdoor shop, please call (252) 758-5945. Come by and see us from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, or 8:30 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday. We can’t wait to see you. Happy New Year from Greenville Marine & Sport Center! 

Why You Should Buy a Boat During Winter | Boat Dealers | Greenville NC | Rocky Mount NC

You read that right: you should buy a boat this winter! Many folks considering buying a boat may not think that winter is the best time to buy a boat, and really, any time you want to buy a boat is the right time. But while summer is the most popular time to buy a boat, there may be a better time: winter.

Boats are more expensive during summer.

Why would you want to buy a boat and then wait several months to be able to use it? The answer is simple: it’ll save you money. Higher demand means prices go up, so consider buying your boat during the off-season.

You get a better selection.

Going back to supply and demand, if demand is higher for boats in the summer, then there will be more competition over the same boats. But during winter, you’ll have a better pick of boats on the market, and you’re more likely to get exactly the boat you’ve been wanting.

You can get exactly the specifications you’ve been dreaming of.

Buying a new boat comes with a whole host of specifications for you to choose from. From the color of the upholstery to the electronics, to the type of engine these boats are often built to order. And the waiting lists can be several months long. Place your order in spring and summer and you may very well miss the entire season waiting impatiently for your boat to arrive. Plan ahead, however, and get your order in during winter and you can wait slightly more patiently for your perfect customized boat to be delivered right in time for the boating season to kick off.

You can spend the whole winter getting your boat ready.

This is especially relevant for used boats which may need a little work or maintenance. Buying in the winter months means you have plenty of time to get it shipshape and ready for a long season of cruising. You’ll find at this time that there is less pressure on shipyards and, with a few months until you want to start using your boat, you can enjoy a leisurely maintenance or refit schedule. It will also allow you to spread the costs over several months. Buy in the summer and you’ll be chomping at the bit to get going and want all your work done as quickly as possible.

Plus, don’t forget that boating in winter is delightful. Buy that boat ASAP and get out there!

Greenville Marine & Sport Center

At Greenville Marine & Sport Center, we are your local boat, motor, and trailer dealer. For over 46 years, we’ve been serving Pitt and Beaufort counties and Eastern North Carolina. We offer many brands of boats and engines, and our experienced sales and service staff is excited to help you buy a new or used boat. If you’re looking to buy a new or used boat, look no further! Check out our boat inventory and let us know what catches your eye. 

To contact our boat shop, please call (252) 758-5938. To contact our outdoor shop, please call (252) 758-5945. Come by and see us!

What Type of Boat is Best for Me? | Boat Dealers | Greenville NC | Rocky Mount NC

At Greenville Marine & Sport Center, we are your local boat, motor, and trailer dealer. For over 49 years, we’ve been serving Pitt and Beaufort counties and Eastern North Carolina. We offer many brands of boats and engines, and our experienced sales and service staff is excited to help you buy a new or used boat.

If you’re looking to buy a boat, you’re probably already thinking of which type of boat is the right boat for you. This can be a hard decision, especially given the numerous choices of boats available out there. DiscoverBoating.com has a great Boat Finder, where you can help narrow down some choices of the kind of boat you want.

If you think you might want a recreational boat, it’s a good idea to become familiar with different types of boats (if you haven’t already). From Discover Boating, here are the most popular types of boats:

All-Purpose Fishing Boats – If you like to cast for everything from bass to trout, you need a fishing boat with maximum versatility.

Aluminum Fishing Boats – Light, easy to transport, and rugged, aluminum fishing boats are incredibly popular among a wide range of anglers.

Bass Boats – These highly-specialized fishing machines are the ultimate when targeting bass in the plans.

Bay Boats/Flats Boats – Light tackle and fly anglers honing their skills will be attracted to these types of boats.

Bowriders – Joy-rides with the family, watersports, and trips to the beach are all in store when you have a bowrider.

Cabin Cruisers – When you want to cruise in luxury, a cabin cruiser fits the bill.

Center Consoles – Saltwater anglers in particular love the fishing flexibility a center console provides.

Cuddy Cabins – Cuddy cabin boats let you enjoy the open air and sunshine, while still providing some shelter when you need it.

Deck Boats – Maximizing interior volume and seating is what these boats are all about, so you can invite a big crew aboard.

Dinghies – Whether you need transportation from the dock to a mooring or a mini-boat to gunkhole around in, a dinghy will do the job.

Fish-and-Ski – You’re an angler who also enjoys water skiing and wakeboarding? Then this might be the right pick for you.

High Performance Boats – If you feel the need for speed, a high performance boat can’t be beat.

Inflatables – Whether you have a specific need for an inflatable boat or you just want a watercraft you can deflate and stow under the couch, there are plenty of inflatables to choose from.

Jet Boats – Sporty and no propeller—what’s not to like?

Motor Yachts/Power Cruisers – When you want a boat that puts you squarely in the lap of luxury, a motor yacht/cruiser is the way to go.

Multi-Hull Powerboats – Some boaters believe that two hulls are better than one, and multi-hull powerboats are their top pick.

Personal Watercrafts (PWCs) – Get a personal watercraft, and you’d better get ready for a serious adrenaline rush.

Pontoon Boats – Modern pontoon boats are a whole lot more than mere party barges.

Sailboats – Become one with the watery world and harness the wind, with a new sailboat.

Ski Boats/Wake Boats – If watersports are your thing, a ski, wake, or surf boat will get the party started.

Sportfishing Yachts – Few fishing challenges are as intense as hunting for big-game sportfish, and few boats are as ideal for tackling that challenge as sportfishing yachts.

Trawlers – When you believe half the adventure is in getting there, a trawler will be perfect for the voyage.

Walkarounds – Fishing, weekending, and cruising can all be in the mix, if you own a walkaround boat.

If you’re looking to buy a new or used boat, look no further! We’re here to help you make the best decision for you and your future boating life. Check out our boat inventory and let us know what catches your eye.

We are located at 3600 Greenville Boulevard in Greenville, NC. To contact our boat shop, please call (252) 758-5938. To contact our outdoor shop, please call (252) 758-5945. Come by and see us from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday, or 8:30 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday. We can’t wait to work with you!

Why You Should Buy a Boat! | Boat Dealers | Greenville NC | Rocky Mount NC

Regardless of what kind of boat you’re thinking about buying – a center console, a pontoon, or a speed boat – there are plenty of advantages to owning a boat. If you’re on the fence about buying, let us convince you! Here are several great reasons why you should buy the boat:

  1. Boating reduces stress. We all know how stressful daily life can be, especially over the last year. Being near water is an instant mood-booster for many people. What’s better than being near water? On it in your own boat! You’ll be happier after you buy that boat.
  2. Boating provides exercise. Another way to relieve stress, there are so many water sports that you might partake in once you buy a boat. Think water skiing, wakeboarding, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, and even fishing. These recreational activities offer lots of exercise. Get out there!
  3. Owning a boat requires mastering new skills. You read that right – you’ll have to learn more skills when you own a boat.
  4. Owning a boat can strengthen your relationships. If you want to take your family out on the weekends, surely spending that quality time together will strengthen your relationships. Boating offers many fun experiences for friends, partners, and families.
  5. Owning a boat makes you part of a fun community. Being part of the boating community is a great privilege. You’ll meet lots of folks you may not have had a chance to meet without a boat. Make new friends!

There are many more reasons why owning a boat will bring more happiness to your life, but these are just a few. Go for it – buy the boat you’ve had an eye on, and get out into the water!

Are you ready to find the perfect boat? You’ve come to the right place. Greenville Marine & Sport Center is your local boat, motor, and trailer dealer, and we’ve been serving Pitt and Beaufort counties and Eastern North Carolina for more than 48 years. We deal brands like G3 Boats,Pontoons, May-Craft, Nautic Star, Robalo, Tidewater, and Phoenix Bass Boats. We also sell Yamaha and Mercury engines. Our experienced sales and service staff would love to help you with a new or used boat purchase!

How to Choose the Right Boat Dealer | Boat Dealers | Greenville NC | Rocky Mount NC

Are you ready to find your favorite boat dealer? You’ve come to the right place. Greenville Marine & Sport Center is your local boat, motor, and trailer dealer, and we’ve been serving Pitt and Beaufort counties and Eastern North Carolina for 48 years. We deal brands like G3 Boats, May-Craft, Nautic Star, Robalo, Tidewater, and Phoenix Bass Boats. We also sell Yamaha and Mercury engines. Our experienced sales and service staff would love to help you with a new or used boat purchase!

While buying a boat is a big undertaking, a dependable dealership can make the process significantly smoother and easier to manage. By researching potential dealers and looking out for indications of their quality, you can enjoy peace of mind for years to come.

When you decide that we’re the right fit for you, contact us ASAP! We are located at 3600 Greenville Boulevard in Greenville, NC. To contact our boat shop, please call (252) 758-5938. To contact our outdoor shop, please call (252) 758-5945. Come by and see us from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday, or 8:30 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday. We can’t wait to see you! At Greenville Marine, we would love to help you out.

Tips for Buying a Used Boat | Boat Dealers | Greenville NC | Rocky Mount NC

Greenville Marine & Sport Center is your local boat, motor, and trailer dealer, and we’ve been serving Pitt and Beaufort counties and Eastern North Carolina for 48 years. We deal brands like, G3 Boats, Pontoons, May-Craft, Nautic Star, Robalo, Tidewater, and Phoenix Bass Boats. We also sell Yamaha and Mercury engines. Our experienced sales and service staff would love to help you with a new or used boat purchase! 

We’re also home to the awesome outdoor shop, which is stocked with tackle, rods and reels, clothing, sunglasses, guns, hunting supplies, archery, and even an archery range. Stop by and check us out! Buy local – you won’t be disappointed! 

If you’re looking to buy a new or used boat, look no further! Check out our boat inventory and let us know what catches your eye.
We also love to sell your used boat for you. If you do not like to sell your boat yourself, call us. We are always looking good used boats to sell. We will handle the transaction for you and the paperwork too!

If you’re thinking about a buying a used boat, you’ve come to the right place. But if it’s your first time buying used, you might have some questions. You should spend lots of time critiquing your used boat of interest, because you do want your new-to-you boat to be safe, after all. Make sure to test the boat you’re interested in on the water. Happy boating and tight lines!