Buying should be fun! How do you buy a yacht? We analyze the legends and realities of this process ...
How to buy a yacht: legends and realities. In the photo: Sasha Goron
The dream of a yacht is in the heart of almost every man. We want to buy a bigger, better and cheaper yacht at the same time. An experienced skipper from the team will tell you how to understand this process Interparus Yachting - Sasha Goron
This topic is inexhaustible, fraught with many nuances, but within the framework of this article we will discuss the main ones. Let's make a reservation right away: we will consider purchases of an average, by European standards, level approximately in the range from 30 to 60 feet.
Yachting is romance, and like all romantic things, it is surrounded by legends. So, let's take a look at some of them:
How to buy a yacht: legends and realities
In America, a yacht can be bought for 10,000$
A video is very popular on Youtube, where a former compatriot of ours shows yachts in the Miami Yacht Club and names the prices in 4000$ or 5000$. All this evokes tenderness, and I recall a quote from a movie where the main character buys a car:
"Young man, we Russians do not deceive each other".
The first frame shows a wooden one! a yacht built in the 60s, and in the second it is a frank squatter (and there are such). In what condition they are purchased, it goes down; I will say that as much as a well-groomed wooden yacht is, so for a pittance you can buy an abandoned one. The amount of labor and money spent restoring a wooden boat can be astronomical. You yourself, having carefully analyzed the North American market on the Internet, clarify the situation.
Remember that good yachts at very low prices almost never reach advertisements on the Internet. Every yacht owner who decides to sell his boat very cheaply has many friends and acquaintances who want to buy it. Or the owner's broker is able to instantly find a buyer for a hot offer.
You need to go directly to the shipyard to make the purchase cheaper
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The fact is that in most medium and large shipyards do not communicate directly with the customer. They work through regional agents and dealers. And there is nothing wrong with that, as some people think, if the shipyards create their own sales departments, all this will only negatively affect the price, the shipyard will be paralyzed, processing requests from all over the world. Also, shipyards will allocate a commission only in the event of a sale to their agent.
The prices for boats at the shipyard are the same for all countries., and when you go to a shipyard, it just forwards the request to some dealer and agent.
The difference between an agent or a dealer the fact that the dealer sells the yacht on his own, and, accordingly, you transfer the money to him. And the agent sells on behalf of the shipyard, and you conduct the contract and settlements with the shipyard. The cost in both cases will be the same. It should also be borne in mind that some large shipyards work only with dealers and do not carry out financial settlements with the customer. You can choose your own dealer, or send a request to the shipyard, and she will forward it to the nearest one.
Purchase of an interior
We must honestly admit that the majority of future buyers, when visiting exhibitions and examining a huge number of yachts, give the main assessment to the interior of the boat. This is a vicious way of choosing. As soon as you get a yacht chosen in this way, features that you have not thought about immediately emerge. You should definitely ask to arrange a test drive of the model you like in order to understand whether this is your yacht or not. It is not necessary to test all boats of the model line, one or two are enough to draw a conclusion.
Why pay more for an expensive boat when you can buy a cheap one ...
... and a larger one. Each of us wants to get the most of the goods for our money. Most of us buy boats from inexpensive manufacturers, these are the statistics. But you should not demand ideal quality from such a yacht; you will have to tweak or change something somewhere. The competitive struggle, intensified during the crisis, led to a reduction in the cost of materials and processes. The same struggle led to the fact that the base price list of the shipyards is practically empty. You will need to add an anchor with a chain, electronics and much more. The yacht will increase in price by no less than 20-25%.
Don't buy a yacht with your last money. Any solid purchase, be it a house, a car or a yacht, comes with additional costs. Sometimes we forget about it. A yacht is like a new home, a lot still needs to be invested in it: dishes, bed linen, household items, etc. I didn't want it to be a burden for you and your family. Less is more.
If at the moment you cannot afford to buy a large boat (over 30 feet for this clause) it might be worth putting off the purchase for now and using the charter. You can give your family a lot of fun, experience and explore the sailing areas with a week or two on a charter boat.
You need to think about the fact that a yacht will have to be sold sometime when buying it.
I have applications for the sale of boats of our compatriots, in which the sum of additional options is equal (or higher) to the cost of the yacht. They are either small boats: 30-foot boats with diesel generators and air conditioning systems, which shock the Europeans. Or boats of cheap brands, overloaded with options to the eyeballs. It is almost impossible to return the price of these costs, and many owners feel sorry for the money spent and they are not ready for the price that the market gives.
There is a downside to this medal "empty boat" is also difficult to find its buyer, consult with your agent before buying a new boat. Most likely he will have to sell it. Therefore, he is interested in the yacht being reasonably equipped.
Remember, two main things: that the yacht is not an essential thing, and the yacht serves only for emotions, for nothing else - and it depends only on you how positive these emotions will be for you and your family. From the very beginning: from the purchase, from the choice.
How to buy a yacht: legends and realities
Buyer's main mistake when we buy a yacht for the sake of a yacht. Stereotypes of buying a car work in many ways. But almost all cars drive in the same conditions, but yachts do not. Accordingly, in order to successfully choose a boat, you need to start from the opposite. In general, we can try to formulate the following rules:
- Decide on the sailing area, study it. Climate, prevailing winds and annual temperature fluctuations, don't forget the depths.
- If you do not plan your annual parking in one place, but want to move during the season, estimate the distances of the routes... Maybe you need a fast boat.
- Decide on the crew: who will rest on the yacht - family, friends, children? How much and how old? This will affect the size and number of cabins and bathrooms. Also the galley equipment depends on this.
- Will you need a skipper, or you will be at the helm yourself. If you are an aspiring yachtsman, then you can hire a skipper for your first hire season. If you have recently been sailing a yacht, then the engine power reserve and a boatraster will not hurt you. Also, based on your experience, you can decide on the navigation electronics.
- Remember the excesses. Any additional devices and devices installed on the yacht require additional attention and maintenance, and therefore entail additional maintenance costs. Do not give in to your temptations or suggestions from the seller, do not overload the boat.
- Calculate the cost of boat parking the estimated sizes of yachts (in the 4th issue there is an extensive material on the prices of parking in the marinas of Europe). See both annual and daily stops. This will clarify a lot for you.
How to buy a yacht: legends and realities
Internet Search Tips
- If the offer is accompanied by bad photos, be careful. Sometimes sellers hide flaws behind this. Request more photos.
- See all the seller's offers. If you see many boats of the same model at a low price, it could be a charter fleet sale.
- Study the optional equipment carefully. The price of a new boat can greatly depend on this.
- Find out what flag the boat is registered under? Is there a European VAT paid?
- This will help you save a certain amount of money when you sign up.
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