Get this option only if you plan on hosting Thanksgiving aboard your boat. Name one person you’ve met, other than a serious, long-range, “this is my boat, this is my home” cruiser, who’s ever turned on the oven. Bet you can’t.
13. Dealer-Installed Options
Think the guys at the dealership will do a better job of installing accessories than you? Sometimes, yes. But often you can do it equally well (hey, it’s your boat) and for less money. Save about half, provided you discount the value of your time, by installing things such as a compass, a transom shower, most electronics and accessory lights.
14. Bigger Engine
Builders used to offer base models with the smallest engine possible and then hit you for the upgrade. Now, except for econo-boat packages, that’s rarely the case. But there will always be that temptation to buy more power. Before doing this, consider the extra weight. On light boats under 24 feet, a few hundred pounds added by going from a V-6 to a V-8 may negate the increased horses. Weight can also be an issue within an engine group, such as Mercury’s smaller V-8s. The 260 hp 5.0 MPI, 350 hp 350 Mag and 377 hp 377 Mag all weigh about the same. There’s not much of an increase in power from the 350 to the 377, but look at the jump from the 260 to the 350, and for essentially the same weight. In this case going bigger might be worth it.