Originally Posted by rwells36
I left my land based domicile to live and work
aboard 3 years ago.
After reading all these posts and looking back over the past 3 years there is one single
piece of advice
that made my transition HIGHLY successful; that was hiring an experienced yacht broker
to represent me as the buyer. It's cost me nothing and proved to be priceless at the same time.
Do yourself and family
a momentous favor and do what I did for my family
PS too many critical decisions are at risk without better resources.
^^^ so glad you brought this up. I recently started in the Brokerage biz, and have been recommending anyone getting a boat
to use a buyers broker! It's "Free"
The standard 10% commission is already built into most boats listed on YachtWorld. The listing broker
is put out there TO SELL THE BOAT! And is getting a 10% commission. If you hire a Buyers broker the 10% turns into 5% for both parties and you've got someone ON YOUR SIDE!
Also a selling broker will be much more candid with your broker. I like to explain it like:
"Going in with a buyers broker is like showing up to court with a lawyer. No matter how competent or knowledgeable you are, you're taken 10x more serious just for having someone else help represent you."
There is also a SoldBoats search brokers can do to see what boats on YachtWorld were listed for, what they sold
for, and list/sale times. Plus you can see the full listing.
I'm happy to run a sold
boat search for anyone and share the findings as I mentioned in another post.
And now for the liveaboard advice
Find your MUST haves. For me it was:
-multi car parking
-close to work
-year round water
-location location location
Things I didn't care about
Things I might value more at my next marina:
-proximity to open water
***youll notice I don't care about cable and internet**
My marina is in the middle of the Baltimore
Harbor. I've got unlimited parking, within a block I have a RoFo (24hr convenience store like 7-11 but with good food), a liquor store, a 24 hr restaurant, two bars, and there are about 50bars in the area. Also I have awesome cell reception
I use T-Mobile for my cell phone
provider. Yeah their service
isn't great outside the city BUT I have unlimited 4G LTE on both my phone
with an absurd amount of full speed Internet
for like $150/mo (my bill at Verizon was $120 before for a messily 4GB data which I burned through constantly.)
However T-Mobile has a list of apps that don't count towards your data like:
-tons more. But those are the ones I use
So I bought a $50 adapter from the Apple Store that goes directly from the phone charging
cable to an HDMI out with a separate charging
port so your phone charges while it streams.
I used my phone and tablet for all my TV needs. And I used them for personal hotspots whenever I decided to use my computer (almost never pulled it out and booted it up with an iPad