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Yachting holidays

Yachting holidays

Next time you consider how to spend your holidays, think about yachting or boating. Of course, you can go with the more common choice of going to a tropical hotel resort on a beautiful beach with bars, swimming pools and cocktails. However, after you spend your holidays sailing, you probably will never go back to that old vacation style. Yachting holidays offer a unique insight into one of the most enjoyable, affordable and relaxing ways to enjoy your time off. Apart from learning to sail, it is a fantastic way to experience all the beautiful locations, which you can access on a yacht or a...More »

Yacht Brokers

Yacht Brokers

Yachting and boating has been quite popular for many years now and it seems that the popularity of this type of recreation will only increase over the years. Millions of people around the world own, sell, buy and exchange yachts and boats. Fishing boats, cruisers, sailing yachts, racing powerboats and even the luxurious superyachts, all of these vessels satisfy the need of their owners to be closer to the sea. All of these boats can also be sold, bought and chartered. This is where the industry needs the yacht brokers. This profession connects all the different branches of the yachting and...More »

Winterizing your boat

Winterizing your boat

Preparing your boat for a winter storage is called winterization and is absolutely necessary to maintain a prolonged life of your investment. There are several steps you have to take to properly winterize your boat. But first, lets answer one question: Who needs to winterize? It takes a very short amount of time of below freezing temperatures, especially if the boat is stored outside of the water, to freeze and crack a block. Therefore, if you live in a region where winters temperatures usually approach freezing point, you should take the winterization process seriously. Winterizing your boat...More »

Why Use A Yacht Broker To Buy A Yacht

Why Use A Yacht Broker To Buy A Yacht

Yacht brokers are very similar to real estate agents when it comes to how they work. A person who is looking to buy a boat may enlist a yacht broker to help him find the right boat for the right price and help manage the whole purchase process. There are many benefits from hiring a yacht broker to help you buy a yacht or a boat. Here we will cover some of the most notable ones. When you first talk to your yacht broker about buying a yacht, he will listen very carefully to what you have to say, what are your specific desires, what are you planning to do on your new yacht. The key here is for...More »

Why Use A Broker To Sell A Yacht

Why Use A Broker To Sell A Yacht

Many people who are looking to sell their boat or yacht often hire a professional yacht broker to oversee and manage the sale. Some may ask, Why should I use a yacht broker in the first place? There are several reasons for that, but in general, the bottom line is that a yacht broker will most likely be able to sell your boat at a higher price, therefore getting you more money in your pocket and will also save you a lot of the stress and hassle of trying to sell your boat on your own. There are a lot of different procedures and things that you have to do to sell your boat and a good yacht...More »

Why Taxes On Yachts Should Be Capped

Why Taxes On Yachts Should Be Capped

According to the US laws, whenever you purchase a yacht or a boat, you have to pay a sales tax. These taxes are supposed to be beneficial to the states in which these yachts are sold; after all, the money is going into state budget. However, this might not be the case. Naturally, yacht and boat sales most of the time take place in coastal states where these vessels sail and are stored by their owners. But, with the sales taxes depending on the price of the boat, they can add quite an amount to the price tag on a boat. Contrary to the belief that taxes on boat sales are beneficial to the state...More »

Why do I need a surveyor

Why do I need a surveyor

First of all, lets get the definitions right, what does a marine surveyor do? A marine surveyor is a specialist who performs inspections of all types of vessels. This includes pleasure crafts, tugboats, ferries, cargo vessels, passenger vessels, barges, etc. These inspections are needed for pre-purchase evaluation, resolving insurance issues and regulation compliance. So if you wish to sell a boat, you probably want to have it inspected by a marine surveyor before you put it on the market. This way you will know the exact condition your vessel is in and you can adjust its price accordingly....More »

Charter A Boat

Charter A Boat

Boating or yachting is usually considered an expensive leisure, after all, you need a boat for that and boats are expensive. However, sailing does not have to be a toll on your budget. One of the great ways to enjoy sailing on a boat or a yacht is to charter one. Chartering a boat means renting a cruising boat and sailing it wherever you like; it is a great experience. There is a certain amount of skills required if you want to bare boat charter, meaning you will have to man the boat yourself. Chartering companies, however, offer a variety of options if you do not have the necessary skills to...More »

What To Look For When Selecting A Yacht Broker

What To Look For When Selecting A Yacht Broker

When you decide to sell your yacht or buy a boat through a yacht broker, naturally you want the broker to be competent enough to complete the task at hand with professionalism and with as less hustle for you as possible. Here are some of the things you might want to look into when deciding on which yacht broker is worth hiring. First, you should never hire an amateur, unless you are willing to spend your money to finance his learning experience. You want to hire a professional with vast knowledge of the market, who has been working in the yacht purchase and sale industry for some time, has...More »

What Is A Certified Professional Yacht Broker

What Is A Certified Professional Yacht Broker

Being a yacht broker requires a wide variety of skills and until 1999 there was no real certification program to credit people who became successful yacht brokers. The only proof of their skills, experience and trustworthiness was their reputation. However, in 1999 the CPYB (Certified Professional Yacht Broker) program became the performance standard for the yacht broker industry. Earning the CPYB designation is mandatory for yacht brokers who are aiming for a successful career in this business. People who buy and sell boats are more eager to hire a professional with such credentials because...More »

Using a Yacht Broker or Selling privately

Using a Yacht Broker or Selling privately

Not too long ago buying or selling a boat was done through a local yacht broker. But times changed and nowadays most buying and selling is done by the use of the internet. Both private individuals and yacht brokers can advertise their boat on many websites. Buyers and sellers can find each other more easily. Because of this development, a private seller excludes the yacht broker, who charges a commission around six to eight percent for his services. That saves him a lot of money, anyone would rather keep that money in their own pocket, so more and more boat owners choose to sell their boat...More »

Top Things You Need To Know To Get A Yacht Loan

Top Things You Need To Know To Get A Yacht Loan

Owning a boat or a yacht is, without a doubt, a very good investment if you are passionate about it. However, as you may know, marine property requires a lot more maintenance and care than, for example, a car or a motorcycle. You have all kinds of expenses, ranging from fuel, supplies, marina fees and even the winterizing costs. Therefore, owning a boat is considered to be q uite expensive. If you are looking to buy a yacht or a boat and planning on getting a loan from a bank, there are some things you have to keep in mind before you actually request a loan. You might think that if the price...More »

Top 5 Sailing tips

Top 5 Sailing tips

If you like to sail, you already know a thing or two how to handle your yacht. But for those who just start to experience sailing here are a few tips to make life a bit easier. Check the wind Determining where the wind is coming from is not always a simple process, especially if it has variable speed and changes direction constantly. Sailors that are serious about their undertaking need a little information, more than just a wet thumb provides. A vane of a flag can show the direction in which the wind is blowing, but a short piece of yarn attached to something on the boat will do...More »

Super yachts

Super yachts

There are millions of people in the world who own a boat or a yacht. Most privately owned vessels are used for recreation and having fun, and this is quite understandable spending a vacation cruising or boating is considered one of the most exciting things to do. No wonder the rich people on this planet spend a ridiculous amount of money on their boats and yachts, they want to relax in style. And their yachts cant be placed in the same category as all the others, they are superyachts. The most extraordinary and most expensive superyachts in the world have always been at the forefront of...More »

Steps To Becoming A Yacht Broker

Steps To Becoming A Yacht Broker

Yacht broker offers full specter of services to people who are looking to buy a boat or a yacht. Sometimes yacht brokers also provide services to who wish to charter a boat for a vacation time. Sometimes they are called yacht charter brokers. If a broker is successful in his work, then the money rewards can be quite good and reach up tp six figures. If you think that this kind of work is for you, here are some things you need to know about how to become a yacht broker. First of all, as a yacht broker you will have to work with people who are looking to invest their money into one of the most...More »

Selling your boat - avoiding fraud

Selling your boat - avoiding fraud

When you decide to sell your boat, be it through an ad in a magazine, a newspaper or on the internet, you have to be aware of possible fraud schemes that some individuals are taking advantage of. If you are well informed of how these frauds work you can easily prevent yourself from becoming a victim. Here is what you need to know to protect yourself, your money and your boat. The most common scam is called the Advance Payment Scam. The idea behind it is quite simple. The fraudster is finds your ad and contacts you, saying he or she is willing to buy your boat. The payment usually comes in...More »

Readying Your Boat for Selling

Readying Your Boat for Selling

Most people get the down payment on their new boat by selling their old one, so when you are looking to sell your boat, you want to make sure you get absolute top dollar. There are two main factors that you will need to address when selling a boat. The first is how the boat looks and the second is how you advertise it. First, take care good of the exterior of the boat. You have to make your boats gel coat shine and clean up all your rails with a good metal polish. You also have to treat all your seats and cushions with a dedicated vinyl cleaner and protectant. This is important not only for...More »

How To Sail A Yacht

How To Sail A Yacht

Once the primary mode of transportation and exploration, sailing remains a popular recreational activity and sport to this day. If you are interested in learning how to sail a yacht, you might want to consider taking sailing lessons at your local sailing club. There are quite a few things to learn and here are some of the basics. Often it is easy to start your sailing learning experience on a small multi-crew boat (a four-person boat, for example), because then you get a personal assignment and you can learn how the boat operates one step at a time, while you do not have to get away from the...More »

How To Rent A Yacht

How To Rent A Yacht

So you have decided to spend your quality time on a yacht and enjoy your vacation at sea. Depending on where you want to rent the yacht, there are various ways to do it. But most of the time a good place to start looking is the internet. After all, nowadays its the best place when you are looking to rent anything. What you want to do is you want to search for a good reputable yacht broker, who has a long track record of putting together deals for people, because when you are renting a yacht, you are talking considerable investment. In many cases you have to understand, that you are not just...More »

How To Operate A Yacht

How To Operate A Yacht

If you are a proud owner of a yacht or a boat and you would like to take your vessel out to sea for a cruise or maybe even for a race, you have to consider several things. These are quite important and may concern not only your safety, but also the safety of people who are sailing with you. First of all, as the owner and the captain of the vessel, you have to remember that you are responsible for everyone onboard your yacht. This means that you have to make sure that everyone knows where the life jackets are prior to your departure from the docks, kids and people who cannot swim must wear...More »

How To Live On a Boat or Yacht

How To Live On a Boat or Yacht

You might be sitting in your living room, your office or at your favorite coffee stop just thinking about how you can change or simplify your life, has the ocean always fascinated you, or are you just ready for a new adventure? If the answer is yes, then living aboard a boat or a yacht is a great way to change your lifestyle. The number one question that arises is whether you are a powerboater or a sailboater. It is quite common that every sailor has tried powerboating, but not every powerboater has sailing experience. If you are not sure which one you are and you are new to boating, just go...More »

How To Insure A Boat

How To Insure A Boat

When you own a boat, you definitely want to have it to be insured, because nature is unpredictable and accident can happen in real life. There are risks associated with owning and using a boat. Like any other property, your boat can be damaged by fire or vandalism, broken into or stolen. So lets talk about what kind of insurance you will need for your boat and what to look for. The first important thing to know is that you need a separate insurance policy for your boat. You can have your boat added to your home insurance policy or your car insurance policy, but that is not a good way to...More »

How To Find A Yacht Charter Broker

How To Find A Yacht Charter Broker

Once you have decided that you are going to take your next vacation on a beautiful yacht or a boat, you start looking for charter companies that can provide you with the boat you need. By that time you probably already know how many people are going to be joining you on your vacation, where do you want to go and for how long. To ease the process of searching for a good charter yacht or boat, use the services of your yacht charter broker. These industry experts have plenty of information and experience to help you plan this aspect of your vacation fast and easy. In their line of work...More »

How To Buy A Yacht

How To Buy A Yacht

If you decided that you are into yachting and would like to buy yourself a yacht for sailing, you would want to know a thing or two about how to buy one. The easy part of the process is where to look for a yacht for sale. You may start right here, on our website. You can also hire a yacht broker who will do all the searching for you, but you will then have to pay him a commission, which can be quite pricey. The hard part about buying a boat or a yacht is to find a good one to suit all your needs and desires. Here are a few tips on how to see if the boat you are looking at is a good...More »

Choosing the right boat for you

Choosing the right boat for you

Once you have decided to buy a boat, you want to take a bit of time to figure out what kind of boat is right for you and your needs. That way, when you are ready, you will be choosing the right boat. There are lots of styles of boat styles to choose from and with a little help, youll find that picking the one that suits you is easy. The first thing you need to think about is what do you want to do on your boat, what kind of activities are you interested in. Fishing, waterskiing, cruising, or maybe sailing, whatever it is, there is a boat out there that will work for you. If you want...More »

Choosing a boat Hull

Choosing a boat Hull

In order to choose a hull, you need to know what types of hulls are out there and what their characteristics are. There are three basic types of hulls for boats: Displacement hull Planing hull Semi-displacement hull A boat with a displacement hull is displacing the same amount of water both when moving and when docked. Some of the advantages of the displacement hull is that it moves through the water with relative ease, meaning you need a relatively small amount of horsepower to drive a displacement hull boat forward. However, the speed of the boat is limited by the wave that is created by...More »

Buying a boat

Buying a boat

For most people buying their first boat is one of the most important financial decisions in their lives, it is more or less like buying a house. There are so many different things you have to consider. Most of the time, however, people who want to buy a boat do not have a really good idea about what exactly they are looking for. There is no such thing as a perfect boat and when choosing your new boat or a yacht you have to make some sacrifices. But before we talk about the boats themselves, let us give you some reasons why buying a boat is a great investment to begin with. First of all,...More »

A B C of Sailing Terms

A B C of Sailing Terms

Learning how to operate a sailboat or a yacht is not a very easy task and simply takes time and practice. But it all starts with the basics and the basics of sailing are the key nautical terms that you need to learn in order to be able to navigate your boat at sea. The first thing that comes to mind of a rookie sailor is how weird the terms may sound at first. There are specific terms (common to all boats) that are used to describe its various parts. Each end, side, length and width of the boat - and even its accessories, has its own specific name. Boaters should be familiar with the...More »