Buying a New Boat in Foreign Country...Navigating Pitfalls

bali 5.4 catamaran named z3 near spainThere are a many benefits and challenges to buying a new boat anywhere. But one has to accept that it will be a little (a lot?) harder to complete the boat buying and outfitting process from afar. We are more experienced than most as we completed a new boat purchase in a foreign country with our Lagoon and many times over with yacht-buying clients. But no matter how experienced, there some things that you just cannot anticipate.

New Boat Decisions, Decisions...

Decisions about every option are required including really big key decisions such as the layout on the boat at a deadline far in advance of delivery. And no changes will be accepted after that date. Last-minute changes just cannot be done in a production boat or the shipyard's production schedule is held up affecting all boat owners anticipating delivery.

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Z3 Bali 5.4 Sails designFrom Our Sail Designer, Quantum Sails

quantum sails logoby Andrew Waters, Quantum Sails

When Stephen and Estelle approached Quantum Sails to build them a downwind sail for “Z3” that would propel them westward across the Atlantic in the ARC Rally, we discussed some very specific requirements.

  1. It must be durable enough to fly in the upper wind ranges of the trade winds and what can be expected in a Transatlantic crossing.
  2. It must be easy to handle.
  3. It must be able to be flown from either bow in order to sail deep angles at speed.

This required a fabric choice to be made and a design plan to be put in place. Myself and Doug Stewart – one of Quantum Sails' most experienced sail designers – discussed the project and determined that for durability, we would use the nylon fabric called Nylite. The sail design would include ample running shape and additional fabric strength in the higher load bearing corners.

In addition, we incorporated an ATN sleeve for easy deployment and fast dousing, if needed.

This set-up we expect will see the Bali 5.4, Z3, as a formidable contender in the Transatlantic ARC Rally race.

I thrive on these projects and the challenges that we are asked to meet, in turn it has been a pleasure to work with both Stephen and Estelle at Catamaran Guru™, and I wish them all the very best on the upcoming crossing, sail hard guys and look forward to seeing again when you finish!

Contact Quantum Sails: Andrew Waters

Steps to Follow to Apply for an MMSI License

MMSI NUMBERA Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) is a 9-digit number used to identify a ship radio. If you're a US boater and plan on traveling to or communicating with a foreign port, you can get an MMSI number by applying for a ship station license through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). However, if you're a domestic boater and don't plan on communicating with foreign ports, you may still want an MMSI. This number allows you to make emergency calls from your boat and can be a real lifesaver. Boat organizations authorized by the FCC and US Coast Guard assign MMSIs to recreational boaters.

Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit

At least one person on each vessel sailing or communicating internationally must have a Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit. This requirement is in addition to the requirement to have a ship radio station license for the vessel. No Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit is required to operate VHF radio equipment on board a vessel when that vessel is sailing domestically. You may obtain a Restricted Permit using FCC Form 605. No test is required to obtain this permit. The permit when issued will be valid for your lifetime. The fee for a Restricted Permit is in addition to any fee paid for a ship license.


Top 10 Preparations for Rescue at Sea

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Before Sailing, Prevent & Prepare for Rescue at Sea

Before setting sail, most of us have a detailed checklist for safety, provisions, etc. and you are likely faithfully avoiding maritime superstitions, LOL!. But seriously, so many sailors do not give enough thought to being ready for a rescue at sea.

Sure, the odds are low you will be in this situation, but it takes very little to improve your chances of the best outcome if the worst happens.

Keep reading for our top 10 list for preparing for a rescue at sea.

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Save Money at West Marine

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Make The West Marine Price Match Guarantee Work for You

As most boaters (in the US) know, West Marine carries the variety and quality products that make it a top go-to place for all things boating. From parts to recreational equipment to clothing, if you love being on or near the water, West Marine can help you make the most of your time and money.

If you have not used it, give West Marine's price match guarantee a try. It takes less time and will save you more money than you think. We've done it and west Marine did not hesitate to stand behind the price match guarantee.

How the Price Match Guarantee Works

If you find a lower price on a product at a local retail store, in a local retail store's circular, or on Amazon, West Marine will match that price within 30 days of purchase. This means that:

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