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5 Considerations When Purchasing a Fishing Boat Jan 11

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There are a lot of ways that you and your family can have an exciting and fun time while engaging with the outdoors. You can get into hiking, or you can start playing sports. All sorts of ways exist that you and your family can reconnect with nature, but one of the best ways to do this involves heading out on the water. That’s right, a boat is good for a lot more fun activities than you might have thought. You can fish, ski, and do all sorts of great relaxing while you’re out on the water with your brand new boat. One of the things you’re going to have to make sure you keep in mind, however, is the fact that getting a boat is a pretty big commitment. There’s a lot of extra responsibility that comes along with owning a boat, and if you only have experience driving cars around, you might be dealing with some brand new things that you’ve never had to deal with before. We’ll talk about five of the most important things you should consider when you’re thinking about buying a fishing boat, so you can make sure you’re getting the best deal possible for your money.

1. Consider Your Budget. Consider it in a very big way. Boats are expensive, and you want to make sure that you analyze your financial situation both now and in the long run before you pull the trigger on buying that boat that you’re so excited about. Unless you’ve found something relatively cheap that you can pay for with cash so that you own it free and clear, you might want to speak with an accountant or some other financial professional to make sure you can handle the purchase.

2. Think About Your License. If you’re licensed to operate a car and have ever thought about owning a motorcycle, you’ve probably learned that another classification of license is required before you can operate that other type of vehicle. With boats, you’ll need a whole other type of license. You will want to make sure you study up and pass that test, so you can actually drive that new boat.

3. Off-Season Storage. The thing about boats is that they’re really only fun to use during part of the year. When the weather isn’t really conducive to trips out on the lake, you’re going to have to figure out where to keep your boat. Sometimes water levels drop, and some docks require that you find another place to store your boat while you’re not using it during the off-season.

4. Insurance. Just like when you’re driving a car, you have to make sure you pay for insurance when you’re operating a boat. Look into what it’ll cost to ensure your new boat (some boats, just like some cars, are more expensive to insure than others are) and guarantee that you’re going to be able to afford to pay what it’ll cost to safely and legally operate your new boat. If you want to do things like take people out on fishing charters, your insurance situation might even be a bit more complicated.

5. Transportation. Sure, a boat is a method of transportation in and of itself — but you’re going to have to get that boat to and from the water every once in a while. Make sure you can figure out a way to affordably transport your boat. If you don’t have a car that’s capable of towing it, you might want to hold off on that purchase.

Interior Design Tips for a Luxury Yacht Jan 11

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In the minds of many, if you are fortunate enough to have a yacht then that should be visually appealing enough. And, on some levels, that conclusion would be correct. However, yachts are more than just “a big boat”; they provide a sophisticated experience—one that is filled with lots of space that provides all kinds of décor possibilities.

So, if you’re planning to spend a lot of time on your yacht, why not apply some interior design tips to make it as pleasant for you and your guests as possible? Are you looking for a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing? If so, we have five great tips below:

Use some bold paint. A lot of yachts tend to have a wooden or neutral interior. When you’re out on the open sea, that can be a nice complement to the scenery. But, there’s nothing wrong with mixing it up a bit by painting some of the rooms red, orange, bright blue or a shade of yellow or green.

Put in some hardwood or tile flooring. Another “signature décor trait” of many yachts is carpet. It can be OK in some rooms (such as the bedroom), but depending on the kind of furniture you pick, it could actually make the space appear a bit dated. No matter where it’s installed, there is nothing quite as beautiful as hardwood (or even bamboo) flooring. Or, if you would prefer tile, there are a lot of varieties in tile to choose from to fit any kind of look you want to achieve.

Get some blinds. If you’re thinking about using drapes to decorate your yacht, we definitely think it’s better to go with blinds. They’re modern, they come in many styles and they easily fit the look of any room. Wooden blinds and plantation stutters are attractive in living rooms and areas where you plan to do a lot of entertaining. Honeycomb shades, Roman shades or even bottom-up shades would be idea in your bedroom.

Adjust your lighting. Just going with the natural light in the day and overhead lighting at night can prevent you from creating certain lighting effects (such as a romantic evening with your loved one). That’s why it’s a good idea to put dimmers on your light switches. Also, being that yachts tend to have low ceilings, other lighting options to consider include recessed lighting, scones and even table lamps.

Consider wicker. If you tend to set sail year round, then wicker may not be your first décor choice; however, if summer is the main time when you are out on the waters, it’s a very simple yet beautiful kind of furniture to use. You can purchase wicker chairs for a table outside, wicker baskets for storage or even a wicker sofa set or loveseat. It’s light, it’s easy to maintain and it’s not very expensive. Just imagine a big wicker chair next to one of your indoor water features such as an aquarium indoor wall fountain. Doesn’t that immediately bring thoughts of “peace and tranquility”? Indeed, wicker is perfect for creating soothing memories while aboard your yacht, for sure.

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Should You Buy a New or Used Yacht? Jan 05

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Very few purchases are as exciting and nerve-wracking as a yacht. After all, this isn’t just some tugboat or canoe. A yacht is your own personal floating resort. Depending on the size of the craft, you can take it between ports and actually go find your slice of perfect sandy beach. But even a smaller yacht will give you countless days of enjoyment in bays and on the open waters. When you’re in the market for a high end vehicle like this you’ll face all sorts of decisions. What size and style are you looking for? What are the amenities you consider must-haves? How far-ranging do you want the yacht to travel at any given time? These are all important questions, but probably the question at the heart of everything is whether you should buy a new or used yacht? Here are just a few of the considerations.

Although one floats on water and the other speeds down the highway, a yacht is very much like a luxury automobile. It’s constructed to impeccable standards, and is considered a status symbol. Because of that, a great deal of the vehicle’s value is lost after it is driven off the lot. A brand-new Mercedes, for example, loses as much as 20% of the sticker price the second it enters your possession, from that very first mile driven. And the result is approximately the same with a yacht. You will never get that value back on resale, even if you put it up the very same year you purchase it. So buying new gives you all the status that comes with affording that price tag. But buying a gently-used yacht offers the same enjoyment, without having to take on that sort of depreciation.

Another major concern is design. Part of the excitement of buying a yacht is how customizable they are. Stock yachts are gorgeous pieces of engineering, but when you buy new you get to make all sorts of changes. You can pick and choose the patterns and colors used on all the upholstery and the curtains. You can upgrade the sound system and the motor, or pay for those extra gas tanks. The list of add-ons with most yachting companies is extensive. And when you buy new, you get to pick and choose and basically construct your ideal seacraft. There’s an added expense with that for sure, but for many people it is totally worth it. Buying used will require you to shop around until you find the yacht that most closely matches your desires. You’ll have to settle, and it will never be 100% exactly what you want. Some of those concessions you may be able to adjust later, but other things you’ll simply have to deal with.

When you buy a used yacht, you’re also buying the level of care the previous owner put into their vehicle. If you pick up a low-mileage vehicle the risk is minimized, but you’ll never know exactly how it was treated. Perhaps the previous owner was rough on the clutch, or consistently smacked into the dock when parking. Obvious mechanical issues will be repaired, and will have some sort of record. But there’s always the chance that something can go wrong a month after you bought the vehicle that has nothing to do with your treatment of the yacht. When you buy new, you know you’re getting a vehicle in perfect condition. You can also often get some sort of warranty from the manufacturer. This can bring some much needed peace of mind, especially when you’re thinking about something that floats in deep water.

Finally, the cost of insurance could be far different for a new vehicle versus a used one. If you compare discount online vehicle insurance, you’ll find far lower rates on insurance policies for used yachts. That may not be a concern of yours, but the rule of thumb is similar to any sort of high-end motor vehicle. At the other end of the spectrum, if the yacht is too old and in poor condition you may not be able to get an insurance policy at all. The middle of the road may offer the best answers on this point.

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