Originally Posted by POH
We've quit our jobs and committed to a Carib --> Panama
--> Oz trip.
Now we need a boat (you may have seen my other threads on this!)
2nd week of September I'll be footloose in NYC
and will head
to Carib/Florida to start looking.
Without a specific boat locked in as top priority, where do you guys suggest should be my first destination
? Ft. Lauderdale? BVI?
Don't want to spend a fortune traveling around, so also interested if anyone has a place to crash in those spots or needs/wants crew to move around Carib etc. (couchsurf is next best option). Also happy to just have a drink if any forum members think I should come to their neck of the woods.
POH, I am an Aussie and have now bought 2 boats in Florida
over the last 12 years. So here is my take.
You shouldn't be asking about a destination
. You need to make a short list of specific boats for sale
, not destinations, from internet research
and then the destination(s) will be obvious. Ideally the destination will be wherever the greatest concentration of your short listed boats is, but the reality is that your short listed boats will be all over the place. You have to be prepared to invest the $$ in travel in order to find the best boat for you. $5000 in travel now will potentially save you much more later in terms of finding the best deal.
(On the basis of my short list, I did a 10-day trip through Texas
, Florida, Bahamas
to see 8 boats. I signed no contracts and paid no deposit before those visits, even though some brokers wanted me to. I took a mask and snorkel, waterproof camera
, took about 100 photos of each boat, including below the waterline, and took copious notes. Some boats dropped off the short list immediately, the rest went into a comparative excel spreadsheet so I could see which ones hit most of my wants and needs. That reduced the final short list to 3 and then I made emailed offers, with no deposit. Once the negotiation was over, I signed a contract
with a deposit subject to survey
. The brokers will try to bully you into their crazy system (10% deposit before inspection) and you need to resist, but that is another whole topic...)