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Compare boat loans
Get on the water faster by opting for a boat loan.
If you’re looking to purchase a boat and are in need of finance, there are a range of boat loans available for you to consider. Marine finance options can help you buy a new or used boat and get out on the water faster. Read on to find out more about how boat loans work and how to compare your options.
Compare loans to buy a boat
How does a boat loan work?
A boat loan is a type of personal loan that you can take out to purchase a new or used boat. You can opt for a secured loan that allows you to use a boat as collateral against the loan, or an unsecured personal loan. If you’re looking for a competitive rate, consider using the boat as security for the loan, or another asset such as a car or property.
Boats are expensive, so you will find that these loans offer more substantial amounts and may give you a longer repayment term. However, the longer your repayment term, the more interest and fees you’ll pay overall.
How to compare boat loans
Finding the right finance for your boat is crucial. When you’re considering a particular boat loan, try our boat loan calculator to find out what your repayments will look like.
When you compare your options, keep the following questions in mind:
- What is the interest rate?
The interest rate for this type of loan varies depending on the provider, but rates for secured loans are generally lower. Make sure you select a loan with a competitive interest rate that helps you save money in the long run.
- What are the fees? All loans have some form of fees attached. In most cases, you will need to pay an establishment fee, and there could be ongoing monthly account maintenance fees.
- What is the loan’s maximum limit?
The maximum limit of your boat loan also varies with providers. Have in mind a rough estimate of how much money you need to borrow and find a loan that meets these needs. Don’t be tempted to borrow more money than you require so that you can meet the repayments.
- How long is the loan term?
The loan term tends to be longer with boat loans, but some may extend only up to five or seven years. Select a term that gives you enough time to pay off the debt. Do your calculations and work out how long it will take to pay off the amount you want to borrow. Many lenders provide a loan calculator on their website so you can see what your repayments will be including interest and fees.
- Is the loan secured or unsecured?
Boat loans can be secured or unsecured, so you need to consider which one is the better option. Some lenders only provide secured loans.
- Can I pay back the loan early? If you want to make additional repayments or pay off your loan early, check that you will not be penalised for doing so. While some lenders encourage you to pay off your loan sooner, others will hit you with fees.
How much does a boat cost?
It’s essential you understand the cost of owning a boat before applying for finance.
- The boat. The cost of a boat varies greatly depending on the type you select. You could expect to pay anything from $15,000 to $200,000. Some can even be millions of dollars.
- Boat equipment. Consider the costs of decking out your boat. Electronics, water toys, accessories and safety equipment could set you back $1,500 or more.
- Operating costs. Operating costs also vary depending on the type of boat you choose and how you use it.
- Boat maintenance. The older your boat and the less maintenance you do yourself, the higher upkeep costs. For example, you can help by washing the hull with fresh water after taking your boat out to sea.
- Storage. Whether you store the boat in a high-cost area and also its length determines mooring fees. For example, a mooring suitable for a 12-metre boat at Half Moon Bay will cost NZD$821.25 per month to rent.
- Boat insurance. Depending on the type of boat you have and where you store it, eg. a trailer boat worth $50,000 costs around $520 per year to insure.
Benefits and drawbacks of financing a boat
- Specialised loans. While some conventional secured personal loans allow you to use boats as security, there are other loan options available that are specially designed to finance a boat.
- You could get fast approval. Boat loans usually have a quick turnaround time once you complete the online application. The application process is relatively straightforward, and you may have the finance for your boat in no time. Some providers even offer automatic approval for loans under a specific limit, so that you can receive approval even quicker.
- Access to competitive interest rates. Some boat loans have competitive interest rates available, which tend to be lower than other credit options. If you know that you specifically need finance for a vessel, a boat loan is a great way to save money potentially.
- Large loan amounts are required. Boats are expensive, and that translates to a more substantial loan amount. Make sure you choose a term that keeps your repayments manageable.
- You typically can’t factor additional costs into a secured boat loan. You need to consider ongoing boat maintenance; boat insurance; marine equipment and storage fees on top of the cost of the boat.
What to avoid with boat loans
- Unlicensed credit providers. Signing up for a loan with an unlicensed provider is a dangerous mistake. If you think the lender is behaving in an unscrupulous manner or has misled you, contact the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) complaints line on 0800 434 566.
- Ending up in a spiral of debt. Getting buried in debt can be an easy thing to do once you start borrowing money, especially if it’s from a range of providers. Make sure you know your limit and seek help if you are having trouble with the debt, eg making repayments.
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