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Easy Ways To Save BIG On Your Catamaran Purchase

boat show 2While choosing the right catamaran is a very personal thing, you can avoid a costly blunder or bad experience if you pay attention to certain catamaran buying trends. For example, with the Euro being so low right now, buying a new French-built catamaran really makes sense. People have caught on to the fact that the French manufactured catamarans like Catana, Lagoon and Fountaine Pajot are very affordable with the favorable exchange rate. You can literally save tens of thousands of dollars on a brand new catamaran. This is very unusual and not exactly a steady and reliable buying trend, but certainly a welcome anomaly for buyers. As production sells out, the French manufacturers will definitely hike up the prices, so it certainly is a great reason to buy a catamaran now.

Catamaran Buying Tips

That brings me to the easy and simple ways to save money on a catamaran purchase. When and where you buy a catamaran can make a big difference in the price you will ultimately pay. Saving on luxury catamarans for sale is very dependent on the time of year and the region you find the boat in. These catamaran buying tips are obviously general but can save you thousands of dollars!

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Overview Of How to Buy A Yacht: 10 Steps To Success

how to buy a yachtIf you choose to be your own yacht trader without a buyer's broker, this checklist links to handy tools will help you avoid common mistakes. We have worked with hundreds of boat buyers and they always are very anxious about all the paperwork and documents required to complete the sale of a yacht. It really is not all that bad, but you have to be mindful not to miss deadlines and to do your research.

To make buying a yacht a more pleasant and less risky transaction, we recommend that you have a good team on your side in your yacht broker, yacht surveyor and documentation agent. Similar to real estate sales, sellers pay the commission on a boat sale, so it won't cost you anything extra to have a yacht broker on your side. As a licensed and bonded yacht broker in Florida, we operate under a strict set of legal guidelines and ethical standards, and it's good to have us on your side during a transaction.

If you are an inexperienced boat buyer, you may be better served by having your own yacht broker to do the negotiations. However, if you want to go it alone, here are some guidelines to follow. Also read check out our sections on Boat Buying Tips and Charter Boat Buying Tips.

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When Are Catamaran Sailboats For Sale At The Lowest Prices?

Catamarans For SaleCheap yachts sounds like an oxymoron. But there are times of the year when you can find catamaran sailboats for sale at lower prices than at other times of the year. Saving on luxury yachts for sale is very dependent on the time of year and the region you find the boat of your dreams.

Pre-Owned Yacht Prices In The Fall In The Northeast US

On the northeast coast of the US, pre-owned sailboat prices typically are lower in the fall when winter looms. Boat owners have to either lay their boats up for winter or sell it. Winterizing a boat is time-consuming and costly. Even though the boat will be hauled out, you still have to pay the same dockage / storage fees and insurance while the boat is winterized for six months or more.

The seller is often willing to be more flexible about negotiating price to avoid the costs and hassles. Buying a catamaran or any other type of sailboat in the US Northeast in the fall can save you not only on the price, but also the boat seller is more likely to agree to have identified defects repaired at his cost. If you buy your yacht at this time, you can walk away with a superb deal, especially with a good negotiator at your side.

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Charter Yachts: Good Or Bad Deal?

charter boats

Stephen recently replied to a post on Cruisers Forum with the permission of the moderator about a discussion of charter boat ownership. It is a discussion worth having and I hope our readers will find the information useful.

 "...First, thank you to this forum’s moderators for letting us post this, since we had been named in this thread. We feel that this post is an opportunity to explain a lot of little-known but essential components relative to the purchase of a charter boat, whether pre-owned or brand new.

Buying A Pre-Owned Charter Yacht Out Of A Charter Fleet

Charter companies are central to this discussion. Without them the cost of catamarans would probably be beyond the reach of most people. It is true that charter vessels take knocks during their charter life but it is important to know that yachts (unlike vehicles) are infinitely refurbishable. Even if you buy a used charter yacht it is possible to restore it to “as new”, provided that the boat is structurally sound to start with.

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How To Buy A Yacht: Broker's Tips

yacht broker tips for buying a catamaran yachtTrying to Figure Out How to Buy a Yacht?

We can help. As experienced yacht brokers and liveaboard catamaran owners ourselves, we can help you realize your cruising dreams safely and comfortably while maintaining as much of your investment as possible. Whether you are a cruiser looking for a comfortable, well priced, well-equipped catamaran or want to reduce the cost of ownership by placing your catamaran in a charter fleet, we have the expertise to help you. We have personally cruised and owned charter boats so we can help you avoid the pitfalls and maximize the joy of owning a catamaran.

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