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How To Buy Luxury Boats And What Prices To Expect

| Boats | September 14, 2012

It is no secret that luxury boats are a popular choice for the rich and the prices are usually very high but worth it in the end as you get one of the ultimate status symbols. Buying a luxury boat can be very easy if you know where to look and there is a pretty big range of prices depending on the size and on the accommodations you get for your money.

The internet is always a good place to start when looking to buy something and luxury boats are no exception. You can pretty much do everything online nowadays and this includes finding a manufacturer, making an order and buying a luxury boat. Most companies will cover the delivery taxes and you will have your own yacht delivered to a marina near you in no time. It takes longer if you want something custom made but the process is incredibly easy if you want one they have on stock.

As mentioned before, there are many options to choose from and price is usually the main factor. To get an idea about the prices, a 167 m 2008 Atlantis 55 will cost you over $900,000. This is one of the top luxury boats on the market due to its large size and high quality. There are also smaller prices if you are looking for something simpler and a 135 m Koniq for example can cost a bit over $230,000. Obviously, you can also find everything in between and also over these two examples and it all depends on the level of luxury you are looking for.

A good way to save some money is to buy used luxury boats as you can pretty much get almost the same quality for just a fraction of the cost. Yachts are very well maintained by their owners due to the large investment they represent and the professional staff that is regularly hired. Buying used luxury boats means that you won’t get the latest models which also means not having the latest technology but this is not a problem for most casual buyers and they can always choose to update their yacht.

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Harris Flotebote – Crowne 230

| Boats | September 4, 2012

There’s no other boat that says luxury and sophistication more than the Crowne 230 boat from Harris Flotebote, a company that has been manufacturing boats from 1957. With this beauty you will not only be able to impress your friends but you will also have an amazing experience on water. It is crafted beautifully with fiberglass which not only enhances durability but also keeps it from rotting, which was usually a problem for traditional boats. You will definitely impress your guests with the beautiful design and the lounges that can be custom made as they are absolutely fabulous. This is definitely a boat for those who are trying to get something simple looking at first but extremely luxurious and decadent at the second glance.

When it comes to technical details this boat comes with a few standard features and special features. The special features include the Sony Gold Stereo system and Sirius satellite radio (including tuner/receiver, antenna) with the fiberglass pontoon that comes in 4 beautiful colors, an acrylic table with holders for your drinks and an amazing stainless steel refrigerator. What’s great about this yacht is the fact that it looks pretty small but it has a large capacity of about 12 people and a maximum of 14. The Beam width is 8’6″ with a pontoon length of 23′ , fuel capacity of 50 gallons and the approximate weight of the yacht is about 3293 lbs. When it comes to comfort you should know that the big advantage of this boat is the fact that it’s very ergonomic coming with a changing room, a cooler, an entertainment gallery, cup holders, waste basket and cleats. The standard furniture you will get consists of carpet, fiberglass custom made pieces, seats, a helm and highback recliner, table and aft black acrylic with holders.

There are also some optional features you can get such as more lightning, an air compressor, more cup holders, a stainless steel grill, a sink with a faucet, a refrigerator, other types of flooring, more seats, different colors for the table or even more acrylic tables, etc. You can also improve its performance with different gadgets that can be bought separately.

The big disadvantage about this boat is the fact that the standard package doesn’t really offer a lot and you will have to spend extra money to get some of the features other boats include in their standard models.

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Luxury Boats Manufacturers

| Boats | August 19, 2012

If you want to buy a new luxury boat or if you are interested to know that manufacturers are available, you will be happy to know that the list is very long and this means a lot of unique options for potential buyers. Here are some of the big names in the industry that need to be considered.

Azimut is an Italian manufacturer that was founded in 1969. The founder, Paolo Vitelli, started this company while he was still a student and his vision is carried out today. The name was first associated with sailing boat chartering but it quickly evolved into a big luxury boat industry. An important fact about this manufacturer is that it also owns Benetti, another luxury ship manufacturer. As far as the range goes, you can find yachts between 39 feet and 116 feet that have the Azimut logo.

Marquis is a fairly new name on the market that has been gaining a lot of ground recently. It is based in U.S. and known for making luxury yachts inspired from the Italian models. These boats are hand build according to traditions of crafting that date back in the region from the early 1800’s. the brand pride itself on being very involved in the manufacturing process and not just assembling parts from other parties.

Tiara Yachts is another manufacturer that should be considered. They are quite popular nowadays thanks to the attention to detail and superb long lasting finish. The ride is also said to be very good and also easy to operate.

Trinity Yacht is located in The United States, more precisely on the Gulf Coast. It has become known as one of the elite manufactures of luxury boats in the world due to the emphasis placed on quality and style. The brand specializes in making custom-made yachts that can satisfy every requirement as well as help customers figure out exactly what they want.

These are just some of the many names that can offer luxury boats to potential customers. There are many aspects to consider when choosing a manufacturer over another and the price is usually top of the list followed closely by luxury.

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Cobalt Boat 242WSS

| Boats | August 2, 2012

Have you ever wondered how it is to go on an adventure on the sea and feel the wind blow through your hair while you sail away in the distance? Well, why not fulfill that fantasy and buy a beautiful yacht that is especially designed as a part of the Water Sports Series. If you want something fast that gives you the ultimate sense of freedom the Cobalt 242 WSS is the option for you. Cobalt is a company from Neodesha, Kansas who has been creating amazing boats for many years now. It looks amazing both on the outside and inside with its beautiful chrome silver color on the exterior and the beautiful decorations and design on the interior.

If the above description doesn’t make you want to buy this outstanding boat you will definitely be impressed by the features that come with this model. But before that we should first discuss some technical aspects; the boat has an overall length with a swim platform of about 25’11”/7.9 m and a beam that measures about 8’6”/2.6 m. It also has an interior cockpit width of 86 3/4” or about 2.2 m. What’s great about this boat is the fact that it comes with a great capacity as you can carry about 13 people. Also, let’s not forget the weight of about 4600 lbs. or approximately 2091 kilograms, a deadrise of 21 degrees which will definitely give you a smoother ride even with the worst water conditions and enhanced movement compared to other boats when it comes to maneuvering it forward or in reverse.

Some of the advantages and special features that come with the 242WSS model are the following: a great interior with great design and details, fuel economy and faster engine. When it comes to its disadvantages they will only seem disastrous for those who would like to have more comfortable trips or a little more space, but this is definitely a boat only speed lovers will buy and if you are looking for something more for the family or just something to hang out with your friends on, you should search for bigger models that come with certain features that will accommodate your needs better.

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Tips To Buy Second Hand Boats

| Boats | July 10, 2012

Buying a second hand boat might prove to be problematic if you don’t know where to look for one or you simply have no idea about luxury boats in general. This is why it can be really tricky to make sure that you get a good deal, as there are many companies there that might try to sell you a used boat for a higher price for its value. So, the first thing that you need to do before buying a second hand boat is to document yourself regarding boats in general. Also, the process might be a little complicated for somebody who is a novice in this, so you should also consider perhaps contacting a boat broker.

If you have a few second hand luxury boats in mind that you wish to buy, you should also do some research in that direction. This means that you should make sure that the manufacturer is still available, or at least there are spare parts available on the market. You wouldn’t want a boat that becomes completely useless when some part of it gets worn down. Also, you will have to research or ask people who know about boats in general whether that manufacturer is trustworthy and if the products are long lasting. Since that is a second hand boat, you will probably need to buy one that has a long lasting reputation.

Test the boat thoroughly if you don’t want to be surprised with some faults when you start using it. This is very important and this is why you should always choose sellers that allow you to take the boat for a test and also inspect it carefully. If the seller is reluctant to let you do that, they might have something to hide and you shouldn’t risk spending a fortune on something that might be a potential danger.

Don’t become fixated on only one boat, search for more even when you found something you like. This way you have a greater chance to get a better deal and it doesn’t show the seller that you are desperate to buy their boat.

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Bayliner – 160 Bowrider

| Boats | June 27, 2012

If you are looking for a boat that will help you have fun along with your whole family the Bayliner 160 Bowrider is probably the best solution. Bayliner has been manufacturing boats since 1957 which makes it one of the most trustworthy companies on the market. It is a small boat that will definitely work for those who are looking for something simpler, but still want to live the full experience. Its overall length is about 16’2” (4.93 m) which makes it big enough to fit the whole family for a great adventure at sea. The beam is about 7’2” (2.18 m), with an approximate weight of 1,332 (604kg) a draft hull of 1’2” (.36), draft max of 2’7”(79m) and a bridge clearance of 3’5” (1.04m). This means that you will have enough room for carrying more than passengers; you can get different items and even go fishing with your friends without experiencing any problems related to lack of room in your boat.

It also has a fuel capacity of 18 gallons which is about 68 liters with a usable fuel of 17 gal (64.3l). It also comes with a standard 60hp Mercury power which will make it more efficient than other products and give you a convenient power option. Also there are some engine options that are a bit more powerful if you want something strong on your boat; you can choose between a 90HP Mercury Optimax DFI that has Electronic Fuel Injection and Carb compliant or you can get the 90HP Mercury 4-Stroke Electronic FUel Injection that provides a clean, quiet and efficient power option.

The cockpit is equipped with an aft bench seating, beverage holders and bucket seating and it comes with a great range of gadgets like: fuel gauge, speedometer, tachometer and voltmeter. Also it will be equipped with a padded steering wheel and tilt steering, side mounted engine controls with Trim and Tilt Switch in Handle.

This makes the perfect option for a family that loves outdoor fun or a group of friends who simply want to feel the nature in a comfortable style. Some of its disadvantages would be the fact that it might be too simple for some who are looking for fancier models.

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Sailing Yachts Classification

| Watercrafts | June 5, 2012

Luxury boats have become quite popular and it seems that the long list of manufacturers can keep up with the growing demand for every kind of yacht. To better understand the types of luxury boats available and to also get more information regarding which one would suit you best, you can check out the classification.

Day sailing yachts are the small ones, usually less than 20 feet. They don’t usually come with a cabin but they do have a retractable keel and a centerboard. These boats are made for short trips during good weather and they are very popular during the summer.

Weekender yachts are bigger than the above mentioned group and they measure less than 31 feet. The fact that they have twin keels makes them usable in shallow waters and some sailors use the tide to sometimes leave them on land. These can be used for small 2-3 days trips around the coast; resulting in the name.

Cruising yachts are even bigger and this is the most popular group when it comes to luxury boats. They usually measure less than 46 feet and can be very complex. These boats are the meeting point of comfort, luxury and handling as well as performance. It doesn’t strive at any category in particular but the fact that it is good in every department makes it perfect for the general customer. There are many manufacturers that offer this type of yachts and they can differ quite a lot. It is common for it to have many cabins below deck as well as platform hull. Obviously, they can be great for long journeys and they can accommodate quite a few people in comfort.

Luxury sailing yachts, as the name implies, are all about offering the best comfort and accommodations to the sailors. These can be longer than 82 feet and can be equipped with pretty much anything you need including air conditioning and television. The controls usually have computers that take care of everything and there is also a power generator on board to keep up with the energy demand. The latest models can come with solar powered generators that make them more eco-friendly.

Racing yachts is the last group in this classification and they are built to reduce the surface that interacts with the water and thus lowering drag and increasing speed. These are very light and have a tall mast that allows them to reach speeds of 35 knots in some weather.

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Motor Yachts Classification

| Watercrafts | May 10, 2012

There are two big groups when it comes to yachts; there are sailing yachts and motor yachts. There are also different models in every group depending on the size, accommodations and use of the boat. This means there are quite a few smaller groups to choose from and if you are considering buying a yacht, you should know what options are available and see which one is the perfect choice for you.

A day cruiser yacht is the smallest of the group with no cabin and little room. It isn’t designed for long travels but it can be great for a fun day out on the sea with a few friends. This is also the cheapest one because it comes with few accommodations.

The weekender yacht is a bit bigger and it can be used for overnight journeys but no longer than a few days. It has one or two cabins as well as basic plumbing. Obviously, it is also more expensive than the first type and it can carry more people. Long trips are not recommended.

For a journey that takes more than two or three days, the cruising yacht is the best choice. This has more cabins and all the needed accommodations for living on board for longer periods of time. It is the most popular out of every motor yacht and can also be the most expensive.

Sport fishing yachts, as the name implies, are designed for those that have a passion for fishing. It has all the needed fishing equipment as well as living conditions needed for a longer fishing trip.

Luxury yachts are quite similar to the other ones but obviously, they are more luxurious and deserve a special group. These can be custom made and the client can choose to have various high quality accessories that make life on the water a lot more pleasant.

All these motor yachts use similar propulsion. They normally have one or two internal combustion engines that use either gasoline or diesel fuel. This makes them more expensive than sailing boats as fuel can cost quite a lot considering the size of the engine.

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Important Facts About Luxury Yachts

| Watercrafts | April 28, 2012

Luxury boats are definitely an emblem of high class and great taste. Nowadays, luxury boats can come at affordable prices for everybody. However, there are some which are made especially for those who want something special to go with their important status. There are some people that love their boats so much, they even set records with them. When it comes to manufacturers, those who construct the yacht called Eclipse have definitely outdone themselves. It costs about 1.2 billion dollars and it has two swimming pools and even a mini submarine. Also, it has about 164 meters, making it the longest luxury yacht in the world. However, a lot of manufacturers offer the possibility for their clients to have whatever boat they want and you can even get one custom made. Of course, that might cost you a lot more, but at least you can get a luxury boat the way you want it to be.

The sizes of yachts are various, the smallest size being about 15 feet. However, you can find typical yachts that measure about 40 to 100 feet but also bigger yachts that will have between 100 and 200 feet. The biggest yachts will measure over 200 feet but those can have some pretty steep prices.

It seems that yacht owners have increased in time, so we can safely draw the conclusion that yachts are more and more available at lower prices but also the fact that people are spending more money on their leisure and hobbies.

When buying a yacht you should also consider the amount of money you will have to pay to take care of it. You will also have to spend a considerable amount of time regularly for its maintenance. Also, you should include costs like painting and perhaps different breakdowns that may occur while using it, especially if you are using your boat on saltwater. Saltwater may have a bigger corrosion effect on your luxury boat if the boat is made of wood so it will need special attention. Also, there are some maintenance procedures you should do regularly and you will also need to pay some fees to get it registered.

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Buying Your First Luxury Boat

| Watercrafts | April 16, 2012

Do you like sailing in style? Have you considered buying a luxury boat but you don’t know where to start or get more information about this purchase? Before buying your first boat you should definitely make sure that you answer a few questions regarding your future purchase. Here are some of the most important factors you should keep in mind.

Size – the size of your boat is very important. Unfortunately a bigger boat means a lot of money but there are some manufacturers that might give you a reasonable size boat for an affordable amount of money, all you need is compromise somehow. Large boats can cost millions of dollars and not everybody who wants to buy a boat has such an amount of money at their disposal.

Utility and functions – the more gadget and accessory friendly a boat is, meaning the more fancy it is, the bigger the purchasing price is. You can try to buy a boat that is simpler in this direction and add the things yourself but it will probably have the same price overall. It depends on you and if you think you can get a good deal on accessories you can try this option.

Another important aspect is the place where you are planning to use the boat. A lot of people forget about this and usually buy luxury boats that are used in rough conditions. If your boat is very fancy and meant for leisure and parties is definitely not the best idea to use it in rough conditions because it will get worn out faster and the repairs will probably cost you a lot. So the type of boat you want to buy depends a lot on this factor so you should definitely keep it in mind while browsing products. A luxury boat is definitely more suitable for a temperate environment with calm waters, so make sure that you take a look around before making your decision.

In the end, it’s really up to your taste when it comes to purchasing boats, but if you don’t want to change it in a few years and waste a big deal of money, you should probably take the above tips into consideration.

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