Hello everyone. Pretty soon (next 3-4 months) I will be looking for a boat
. What I have in mind is a three cabin Beneteau Oceanis
45-50'. No older than 1998 but not to new as my budget
is somehow limited. Never bought such big and expensive boat
so don't realy know where and how to start this process to make as few mistakes
as possible. Have some pointers from people and from reading but would like to hear first hand advice and opinions.
- boat final destination
will be Caribbean
side (marina in Mexico) so I think buying
on the East Coast/Bahamas/Caribbean would make more sense.
- I'd like to get this done thru boat broker
as I hope he will look after all paperwork required, survey
, communication with seller, money
transfer etc. Who pays for broker services? Is it like realtor who get his commission from a seller side?
- will the broker look for a boat for me or I point the boat to the broker. Are they limited to specific areas like in real estate realtors are? If so that brings a question whether to find a broker first and be limited in search to his area or find a boat and then look for a broker that is in the area?
- how to find a reliable and trustworthy broker? A broker that knows his stuff and that you would completely trust, would be on your side thru the whole process. As I live in western Canada
I will have to work with him remotely and get to the location for viewing and final purchase
- obtaining a boat insurance
. I have been sailing smaller boats on inland waters for years but my offshore
experience is limited ASA certification
101, 103, 104.
I suspect that obtaining an insurance
might be a little tricky since there is no record
of inland sailing.
- finding a skipper
that will help to deliver boat to final destination
as my offshore
experience is limited to ASA
courses for now. It will be a heavy boat that needs skills that I don't have yet, but want to use delivery
trip for learning
these new skills.
It' a lot of questions, but please bear with me end thank you to all members who have patience to read this and give their input.