Originally Posted by OZ-Sailor
Hi bellasailor. Yes I ended up buying
a Bavaria 40 in Croatia, directly from a Charter company - Dream Yacht charters Who I would highly recommend. It cost me AU$67,000 and I am very happy with her.
When I viewed the boat in February they indicated it would be made ‘charter teady’ ... this meant The engine
serviced, the sail drive serviced, I variety of different elements I picked up such as a leaking porthole repaired etc. and they did everything they said they would ... and more.
I can recommend getting in touch with Jerry Jacob at DYC to enquire as to what boats they may have available
They are one of the biggest yacht charter companies in the world
I am in fact sitting in a cafe in Greece
at the moment LOL. We have a Facebook page blogging what we have been getting up to if you care to view:
I had a good experience with Almissani before I found my boat But yes, I would stay away from Selymar. Even the surveyor who I mentioned earlier in the thread (and can recommend) Peter had bad experiences with them. Others over here from the Facebook group called ‘Med Sailng’ (you should join) also said to stay away from them.
Best of luck in your search and fair winds... let me know how you go!!
Thank you for getting back to me; much appreciated! We have chartered with Dream both in Europe
and the Caribbean
and found them pretty good (that said, the maintenance
and attitude varies base to base). Alas we have a pretty specific boat model in mind that Dream don't put in their fleet.
Hang on; I just recalled meeting some Aussies at check in to our DYC charter on 8 June who had bought a Bav from DYC in Zaton...is that you?! We spoke about Finding Avalon
and Youtube. We were on the yacht next door if so...?! Would have chatted longer but we managed a Saturday night getaway with the long June evenings and zipped off. What a small world if it was you!
We've been speaking to one yacht owner direct (a company that has yachts managed in charter by a charter co) but also found some for sale
with both Almissani and Selymar. Trouble is when they are listed with one broker
they have exclusivity usually so to avoid a particular broker means to avoid a particular yacht as far as we can fathom.
Almissani were great at the viewing we had, but their comms before and after were a nightmare.
Conversely, Selymar comms have been great but we aren't viewing a boat with them until 7 September; if we like it we will be proceeding with great caution and have found consultants who can act like a buyer's broker if we are unsure, or if it just doesn't feel right we will walk away. We've taken some advice
already on documents to expect, VAT status etc and won't be signing anything or paying anything to any broker or owner without a lot of due diligence!
I'll check out the facebook group and see what they have to say too! Thank you for getting back to me, will get onto following your blog and hope you are having an amazing summer!