Curiously none of our respondents have suggested chartering a few boats commonly used in the area where the boat
is used. Spending a night or two aboard can be helpful. As spending a day or so on the boat
. Even after noon cruise
for a few hours can be helpful.
Another suggestion is looking around to see what boats are commonly used in the community. For example, if trawlers are scarce that might suggest some good reasons to look elsewhere. Boaters typically exchange information.
Still another suggestion is finding a helpful yacht broker
willing spend time. Good brokers know that when it comes time to sell the selling broker
has an advantage. And that most boaters will own a variety of boats. So it can become a long running relationship.
To an older generation there were good reasons where the choice of autos was either Ford or Chevrolet. Now its Toyota too. Similarly with boats. Boats that develop a following usually do so because they meet their owners expectations.
We oft advise would be boaters to begin with a purchase budget
and an annual maintainence and improvement budget
. And recognize that any boat purchased will require some updates and refits. So getting some expertise advice
from a capable yacht surveyor
can be very helpful. Remember that insurance
surveys are just that - surveys that assess the value and seaworthiness risk of the boat. A really good surveyor
can give some detailed assessments of the costs of putting the boat in shape for the use it will be used.
Having owned 2 dozen ocean going sailboats over 50 years we learned fairly on that there are no “real bargains”. Some are better maintained than others. We’ve always sought out well maintained boats with substantial maintainence logs
for same. Odds are pretty good that owners who are generous about maintainence will keep most systems up and running.
Finally we’ve never met anyone who bought his last boat as his first boat. It’s always a learning
experience. That’s why buying a boat
that’s easy to sell is rule
Plus our needs and desires change over time. When I was decades younger I loved to varnish
. Now its a chore. And if we didn’t have so much of it we’d hire the job out.
Good luck. And keep the eyes open. It’s just a boat !