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If you have been thinking about buying a boat, either for your vacation rental in Wolfeboro or to take back home and use on trips all across the country, you might wonder when the best time is to buy a boat on Lake Winnipesaukee. If you have visited the NH Hole in the Wall on Main Street, the chances are good that you have seen our wide selection of custom fishing rods and reels, boat rentals, local tackle rentals, and fishing electronics in Wolfeboro. But what you might not know is that we also sell boats. When it comes to buying a boat, there’s no bad time or good time to make the purchase. If you take the time to do the research, figure out exactly what you want, and then find the boat that you want to buy, that’s the right time to buy a boat.
What Type of Boat Should You Get?
The first thing you need to decide is what type of boat should you get. One way to decide is to take advantage of boat and local tackle rentals, get out there and do some fishing, take a tour of the islands, and figure out what type of boat suits you best. Do you prefer the calm and relaxing exercise that comes with using a rowboat? The NH Hole in the Wall has a beautiful selection of Loudon’s double hull, hand-laid fiberglass lapstrake design and construction rowboats. We also have the popular Pocket Skiff, which offers all of the seaworthiness and stability that you would expect in a fiberglass boat of its size, with a storage compartment and options for single or double rowing.
If you have children who want to learn how to operate a boat and you are looking to buy a boat on Lake Winnipesaukee, consider the Wee Skiff. Designed for young rowers, the design of this boat is stable and sturdy, providing safe means for beginners to move swiftly on the water while learning control. Pair it with local tackle rentals and rentals of custom fishing rods and reels, and you’ve got yourself a memorable vacation that your kids will talk about for years to come.
One of the most popular options to buy a boat on Lake Winnipesaukee is the Whitehall. Excellent for use in conditions that would not be feasible for an open water shell or racing scull, the Whitehall is great for use in wind and waves. Just two or three strokes will get the vessel up to speed, providing a long, smooth glide that will take your breath away. Capable of speeds up to four or five knots, which can be maintained for hours without strain on the rower. Just about any rower with any level of experience can effectively handle the Whitehall, providing an enjoyable day out on the water. If so desired, a motor mount can accommodate as much as a 3 HP outboard motor.
Licensing Information for New Hampshire
You don’t need a boat license to operate a boat in New Hampshire. If you will be operating a boat that has 25 HP or less, you don’t even need to get a boating certificate. However, it is always a good idea to take a boating safety course. Make sure to ask one of our team members about signing up for local boating safety classes, either online at-home, locally in your state, or right here in New Hampshire. A “paddling” course is available in some areas that can help you become familiar with safety recommendations for row boats, canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, and other similar vessels, all of which can come in handy when you least expect it.
If fishing is on the list of things you want to do when you visit, you can either rent or buy a boat on Lake Winnipesaukee, browse custom fishing rods and reels, take advantage of local tackle rentals, and even check out some fishing electronics in Wolfeboro at the NH Hole in the Wall to help you find the fish! You can get all of your licensing for fishing, hunting, archery, clams and oysters, as well as registrations for snowmobiles, ATVs, trail bikes, and any transfers or replacements of licensing, right here at the Hole in the Wall. Just give us a call at 1-603-569-HOLE (4653) and speak with one of our team members about rentals, sales, licensing and more for your next trip to Lake Winnipesaukee in beautiful New Hampshire.