How Do I Choose the Best New Yacht?

Patti Kate

To choose the best yacht to suit your needs, consider what you plan on using the boat for. Boat requirements for competitive yachting or boat racing may differ from that of a yacht used for recreational sailing. For pleasure and recreation, you might want to select a small cabin cruiser rather than a vessel that is extremely large and powerful. If you plan on using your new yacht for overnight entertaining or voyages, consider the size of the stateroom or sleeping area. Galley size may vary as well, so if you plan on doing a lot of cooking aboard your new yacht, this is something to consider.

Racing yachts differ from those used for pleasure cruising.
Racing yachts differ from those used for pleasure cruising.

Before you set out to buy a new yacht, consider how much cruising you will do. You'll need to choose a vessel that can hold adequate fuel and water for sailing, bathing, and other necessities. Calculate how many people will be on board and how many nautical miles you will be sailing on average. Enlist the help of an expert to determine your requirements. Your new yacht will also need adequate engine capacity if you plan on cruising at great speeds or if you take long trips.

Custom vessels are usually the most expensive.
Custom vessels are usually the most expensive.

If you plan on using the vessel for very long excursions, you're also going to need adequate storage space for provisions. Consider a yacht with storage lockers that are large enough to hold extra supplies for emergencies. If, however, you don't plan on taking long voyages and opt for a small boat, you might not require a lot of space for supplies.

The price of a new yacht will vary greatly, and depending upon how much money you are willing to spend, you can choose from a custom or semi custom vessel. If you have the money, building a custom yacht to your specifications can offer you many possibilities. If you have limited funds to spend on your new boat, you will probably choose a production yacht, which is typically offered in one type of design.

As you shop for your ideal new yacht, be sure to try several out before you make your final decision. Some trial programs give you the option of cruising on the yacht for a few days. Notice if the crew seems comfortable and at ease. Listen to the sounds of the engine and take note of anything that seems out of place.

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