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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Choosing Your Catamaran Galley: Important Things To Consider

Estelle Cooking Royal saluteGalleys traditionally have always taken a back seat on sailing vessels and were viewed mainly as a necessity rather than an integral part of the boat. With sailing becoming more accessible to more people and to families, and with the popularity of recreational sailing rather than racing only, galleys have established their rightfully important places in the yacht. In fact I believe that a good galley is equally as important as the sailing ability and safety of a cruising yacht. More women are embarking on the cruising/sailing dream and with that, women bring with them family, friends and the comforts of home. The galley therefor is vitally important and should be well situated and practical.

Catamaran Galley Up or Galley Down?

There are different schools of thought about the two options of galleys on a catamaran- the 'galley up' or 'galley down' options. People have strong opinions about their particular choices and both options have their pros and cons. 

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Top Ten Catamaran Buying Tips

kanina sailing school businessWe have been attending boatshows for more than 14 years, representing a variety of boat builders, from South Africa, South America, Thailand, China and the USA and we always get this one question: "What is the perfect catamaran?". Every manufacturer would have you believe that they have THE perfect catamaran and even though some come close, there simply is no such thing. Just like with a house, you will have to compromise or customize and even then, one always has to give up one thing to gain another. While choosing the right catamaran is a very personal choice, you can avoid some serious blunders by following these ten tips as a guideline.

Define How You Will Be Using Your Catamaran

Be realistic about your sailing plans. Is it your intent to live aboard, do mostly coastal cruising and spend most of your time at a marina or at anchor or are you planning to do long ocean crossings and perhaps sail around the world? A spacious charter catamaran like Lagoon or Leopard may be a great luxury live aboard boat with all the goodies like icemaker, watermaker, airconditioner and luxurious finishes, but it may be slower underway making you regret that choice if cruising long distances.

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Tips To Help Make Your Catamaran Sell Fast

yachts need maintenance especially before sellingJust like a house, a catamaran needs some "sprucing up" before putting her on the market to get the best possible price. As we all know, first impressions are crucial and you should make every effort to make sure that the catamaran looks and smells clean. Make sure that all electronics and engines are working well for seatrial. It should be easily accessible and all paperwork should be in order.

Don't do unnecessary "upgrades" before selling the boat because not all upgrades will be a good return on investment. Find yourself a qualified and vetted yacht broker and most importantly, price your boat realisticly if you are looking for a quick sale. Follow these valuable tips below and you may be surprised at the outcome!

Go to our Buying Guide & Tips for more tips like pre- survey checklistsales and use tax etc.

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Save Time and Get the Best Information At A Boat Show

buying a boat at a boat show takes preparation timeBoat shows can be a lot of fun, but if you are moving your dream of boat ownership into the realm of reality, the information overload and dizzying array of choices can make a boat show overwhelming. Boat manufacturers, charter management companies, boating magazines, seminar leaders, and show organizers all work extremely hard to make boat shows a perfect experience for all types of boat buyers and looky-loo visitors alike. As you become a serious buyer, it is important you hone in on what your job at hand is and leave the entertainment to later in the day...or perhaps another show. But as distracting as they can be, boat shows are the best way to see, feel, and touch all your options and get expert information. So if you are in the market to buy a boat, you must attend one or more boat shows.

Most of our catamaran buyers have spent years attending boat shows each time inching closer to having narrowing down the list, setting up test sails, and finally negotiating to own their dream boat. The boat show is part and parcel to this process and the best place to see all the products in one place for comparison.

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