Making an Educated Sailboat Decision
Buying a Sailboat for a Couple
Buying the perfect boat for you and your significant other can be very time consuming and painstaking. By first answering a series of questions and putting your answers to work, you can streamline the process and make it much more pleasant. Below is a series of questions that I get to my clients as soon as possible to help them in making the correct boat decision. Some of these ask what you WANT and some ask what you NEED. Budget will play a role in determining what does and does not make it on the boat.
New or used
There is nothing wrong with a well-cared for used boat. Most boats can have a very long life when taken care of. A good surveyor will go over the boat from top to bottom before purchase and provide you detailed information about the vessel.
Who will be going?
Do expect to have a lot of friends joining along the way?
Do you have pets?
Where will you be sailing?
Will you be coastal cruising?
Will you be blue water ocean passage sailing?
Will you be going for extended periods? 1 month, 3 months, 6 months 12 months?
Will it be cold or warm climate sailing?
Will you be dockside every night or at anchor?
Will you need a water maker?
Do you need a washer and dryer?
Do you need air conditioning?
Do you need a generator?
Do you need solar panels?
Do you need a wind generator?
Do you need an electric windlass?
Do you like classic lines or modern lines?
Do you like high performance, moderator performance or displacement?
Do you like a catamaran or monohull?
Do you want easy access to the water?
What rig configuration do you prefer: Sloop, Staysail Sloop, Ketch?
Sailing handling characteristics
Do you like a traditional mainsail, an in mast furling, a boom furling?
Do you need lazy jacks or a Dutchman system?
Do you need roller furling on the headsail or hank on sails?
Do you need electric winches?
Do you need all lines led back to cockpit?
Do you need the latest available chart plotter?
Do you need repeaters either at the helm station or at chart table?
Do you need sonar?
Do you need full monitoring of the boats systems?
Do you need radar?
Answering these questions will go a long way to focus your search on the right vessel for you and your family. As an experienced circumnavigator, and now a yacht broker, I feel that I can provide you my unique insight and help make your boat-buying experience as stress-free as possible! Contact me via e-mail or through the form below, if you are looking for a buyer’s broker. I will help guide you through the process and make sure you buy the boat that will take you where you want to go in comfort and style!
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