Great resources for buying your dream boat

Whether you are a hardened sailor planning to buy your next yacht for an ocean voyage, or are just looking for your first small boat to potter about on a lake, there are a few key rules that everyone should observe when buying a boat.  Failure to do so can result in a costly lesson where you have to carry out avoidable but unforeseen repairs or worse still, lose your investment altogether due to theft or fraud.  The Yacht Market’s Top Tips are here to help.


Flickr - Ahmad Mohamad

The first question to ask yourself is: What kind of boating would I like to do? If you haven't done so already, consider where and how you will use the boat that you buy.

Boats are specialized, so what you buy should be largely determined by how you will enjoy the water. Just as you wouldn't buy an off-road vehicle to commute on a highway, it's important to find the right boat to fit your activities, tastes, and the needs of your crew.

Where should I look?

Flickr - Patrick Boury

2016 - Boat shows and boat fairs - dates, schedules

Well known and less known boat shows and boat fairs, in halls and on the water can be a great place to look at all sorts of different vessels. 

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Should I Use A Yacht Surveyor?

Flickr -yaniv ben-yehuda

YACHT BROKERS, DESIGNERS & SURVEYORS ASSOCIATION is a great place to find qualifyied experts who can help and advise on your purchase.

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Try a Boat First!

Flickr -laura alice watt

You’re lucky that there really are lots of boating events to choose from all around the country and they are a great way of getting started. Events are ideal for having a go for the first time, trying the boat of your dreams or picking the brains of all those marine companies to get the answers to your questions. 

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Keeping Your Boat

Flickr - Don Briggs

The Gold Anchor award scheme has been auditing marinas throughout the world for over 25 years and is well known as a credible measure of the marina quality. Any rated marina will have been subject to a serious of rigorous tests, including a full marina audit.

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