This Old Boat - So You Would like to Go Cruising?

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Published: 15th May 2013
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You have been dreaming for a long time and the time has ultimately arrived; purchase a good quality old vessel and do some boating. However before taking that ultimate leap, there are a few things to mull over.

Identify your Objective
But what are your plans? Possibly a trip to the Caribbean or possibly even the Great Loop trip is in the plan. A vessel that will be operated solely on Saturday and Sunday will be different from a boat that you will be living aboard full time on. Furthermore a boat that's built to go across the Atlantic Ocean is going to be different than a boat operated to ply the area waterways. In addition, do you think you're a sail boater or a power boater? Managing sails takes great stamina; power boats can be run with the turn of a key.

What do you Really Know About Boats?
Prior to jumping in head first, find a minute and mull over on things you grasp related to vessels. Maybe you have owned one in the past? You will discover stuffing boxes and strainers to maintain; if you don't know what these are, you should figure out how you will be taught.

Create your Financial Plan
Getting a good quality old vessel is not inexpensive and you frequently get what you pay for. However many individuals have a dollar figure in mind when it comes to buying a yacht. Finding a good vessel at a reasonable price is the objective. Seldom does a steal happen.

Purchase from A Respectable Broker
If you are attempting to buy right from a boat seller, you might experience several difficulties. For example, who is going to handle the cash and handle the ownership transfer? Better yet, choose a good yacht broker and buy through him. A good broker saves you time and removes the problems that come with a yacht quest and boat purchase.

Be Sure to Survey and Sea Trial
As part of the purchase, it is advised that you carry out a proper survey (inspection by a third party) and a sea trial. The marine survey will be conducted by an experienced individual expert in vessels and their machinery. The marine survey will inform you of any issues with the yacht. The sea test will make certain that all equipment is functioning.

Will You Need any Training to Use It?
If you have made it this far you could be thinking, I am able to understand how to look after a yacht; cannot be too hard to learn. However what about learning how to run the boat; tight quarters docking can be tough. If you feel the slightest bit intimidated, you need to track down a person with the knowledge to teach you the ropes.

To sum it up,
If a man is to be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps a bit better than most. -E. B. White
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover. - Mark Twain

Mike Dickens, the author, is a live aboard boat owner and owner/Broker of Paradise Yachts in Florida USA.
Paradise Yachts offers used quality yachts to customers worldwide.
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