Buying new windsurfing boards is pricey. A new board can cost a lot of money. There is quite a range in prices with many boards retailing between fifteen hundred dollars and two thousand dollars. Many people want to save money on their gear, especially those that are just getting into the sport.
Used purchases can be a great way to save money. This is the case for many items that depreciate in value very quickly. People across the country are looking to save money due to current economic conditions. Often, the economy drives people to purchase used goods. A used windsurf board can be a wise purchase.
If you choose to buy a used board, there are few things you should consider. First of all, do not buy a used board sight unseen. That is an extremely risky choice. You will need to carefully inspect the board.
When inspecting the used board you are considering, take care to look at the overall condition. A sturdy board is good, but look for dents, cracks and signs of damage. Be sure to ask if the board has ever been repaired and then find out specifics about those repairs. A few unsightly dents are not a problem, but long cracks can affect the integrity of the board.
There are some things that can be repaired easily, such as foot straps. There are things that cannot be repaired easily or inexpensively though. Soft or weak places on windsurfing boards are not good. Creases usually indicate serious damage or previous impacts.
The deckplate on the mast track is important. Be sure that it functions well. You don’t want your mast to come unattached while in use, so take care to inspect this function carefully. These are vital in the fastening the rig together.
Many people sell their windsurfing boards when they want to upgrade to a new board. This can be a win-win situation for both the seller and the buyer, if the used board is in good condition. Carefully inspect the board, looking for signs of damage or wrecks.
If you are a novice and opting for a used beginner board, consider having an experienced windsurfing buddy or instructor inspect the used board you are thinking of buying. They will have a better grasp of acceptable board conditions than a new windsurfer. You may want to frequent surf shops and ask around for used boards. Surf shop managers will have a good idea of where to find quality used windsurfing boards in your area.
It’s imperative that you be able to inspect your board for windsurfing, so take care not to buy sight unseen online. You may want to consult auction sights, such as eBay, but stick to local listings where you can inspect the item. Once you fraternize with fellow windsurfers, you will probably have the best resource for local used windsurfing gear. Choosing used does not mean settling for outdated and dilapidated equipment. Be sure you only buy quality equipment, such as sound windsurfing boards.