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5 Crewed Yacht Charter Etiquette Tips Dec 18

If you are lucky enough to spend time on a crewed yacht this winter vacation, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. First of all, you don’t own the boat, so you must act accordingly – just like you would visiting someone else’s home. Essentially, you are on the captain’s boat – what he says always goes. Many people board a yacht and think just because they are paying customers that they should be allowed to do whatever they want to do, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. If you want to have an amazing time while aboard a yacht, you need to follow a few rules. Here are five crewed yacht charter etiquette tips.

Be nice to the crew. The crew isn’t there to serve you – they are there because they are maritime professionals. The crew is an essential part of keeping the boat running and keeping operations running efficiently. If you get sea-sick, the crew will know exactly how to alleviate your nausea. If you are not nice to the crew, they may not be nice back to you.

Wear decent shoes. You don’t want to jump on a crewed yacht with dirty shoes and you certainly don’t want to jump on with your high heels on. Not only will this be uncomfortable, but it is also rude and disrespectful. Not to mention, wearing street shoes on a yacht can cause scuffs and damages. A yacht usually has a pristine paint job that is not designed to have a bunch of people walking on it with their street shoes. What is appropriate? Socks or loafers with a soft, white sole. Moreover, try not going barefoot.

Make sure that your children are quiet and respectful. When you are aboard a crewed yacht, like the ones provided by All Rivers & Saltwater Charters, you need to know that you are not on a big cruise with complimentary daycare for your kids. If your kids are running all over the place and no one can control them, the captain may head back to the dock and kick you off the boat. So, make sure to have a talk with your children before you board the yacht, because you don’t want to wind up being “those” parents.

Don’t raid the kitchen. The kitchen in a yacht is the cook’s territory – you never want to be in the cook’s territory. When it comes down to it, the fridge is most likely packed with items that the cook will use for a meal that is included in your tour package. If you need a snack, or something to munch on, you always want to ask before you go near the kitchen.

Obey the captain at all times. When you are on a crewed yacht, you always want to make sure that you listen to the captain and heed all his warnings. A yacht can be dangerous if you do not follow the rules. So, make sure to always keep your ear out for the captain if he has any announcements. And at the end of the tour, you may want to say thank you to the captain for getting you and your family back safely.

5 Tips for Purchasing a preowned boat Jun 04

If the idea of spending your days rocking on a gentle wave, with the sea breeze blowing through your hair sounds like a slice of paradise, you might be ready to buy your own boat. But boats are an incredibly expensive purchase to consider. Not only is their sticker price massive, but the upkeep of any boat is significant. Fuel is pricey, licensing has a cost, and you’ve got to pay to keep it somewhere, both during the season and in a dry dock over the winter. All those costs add up, which often leave boat ownership to only the very rich. But you can make it a bit more affordable if you’re willing to buy a pre-owned boat. Boats that are several years old are often still in impeccable shape, and there’s no shame in buying used. You’ll still enjoy the fishing, and the flowing breeze as you kick the engine up another gear. But as with any used purchase, you’ll have to do a bit more digging to make sure it works out. Here are five tips for purchasing a pre-owned boat.

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First off, before you ever go out shopping make sure you are crystal clear about what type of boat you are looking to purchase. If you just do a search for all used boats you’ll find hundreds of options. That will make it almost impossible to start shopping. So look over the various brands of boat manufacturers, and consider your needs. Think about the various types of boats, their size, the power you need and what you think you can afford. Once you have the specifics in mind, you’ll be much better equipped to start shopping.

Now that you’ve got these specifics down, start your searching. Looking online is a great way to get things going, as you can check out the specifics of a number of options all at the same time. In the end, you’ll still have a wide range of choices. But in general you’ll want to look for the newest boat that you can afford. That means both years in use and hours put on the engine. Check out some of the prices that come up and see how you feel about the work you’ve done so far. You might have to give up on some of the accessories you were looking for to make sure the boat will last many additional years of use.

At this point you should have whittled down the hundreds of options into perhaps a dozen. Call up the owners and ask about transferrable warranties. Are any of these boats still covered by the manufacturer? If so, make sure that warranty is included in the listed price. If not, see what else is possible. If the boat is six years old or younger you should be able to purchase your own service contract. Keep that in mind when setting your budget.

With a final handful of boats in mind, it’s time to get out to the dock and see them in person. Now is the time for a careful inspection. You’ll want to look for any evidence of damage, improper manufacture or overall neglect. If you’re not that familiar with boats, do some research so you know what you’re looking for. Remember, if you are seeing quite visible wear and tear, it’s a good bet that the mechanical elements of the boat haven’t been well maintained either.

Finally, ask the owner for a sea trial. This may not be possible at boat shows, but any time a private citizen puts up their boat for sale, they should be willing to take you out. This serves two purposes. First and foremost, it gives you a chance to see how the boat handles, and make sure everything works the way it should. But it also allows you to get to know the owner and ask some questions. They’ll probably be more relaxed now, giving you the opportunity to ask about the boat’s history and why this owner has decided to sell. You’ve got to make sure that this seemingly ‘good deal’ is truly that, and not just a lemon situation that’s being covered up.

Top 5 Yachting Destinations Around the World Mar 14

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There’s nothing more freeing and exhilarating than sailing in open waters. It’s an experience few people these days get to enjoy. But if you’ve ever gone yachting, you know it’s something that cannot be missed. When yachting in international waters you’ll see things that you cannot see any other way. You’ll notice how different the oceans look in various climates, you’ll catch and eat fish fresher than anything you’ve ever experienced, and sit back for sunsets untouched by civilization. Of course, you cannot get all of this sailing out of a cramped U.S. harbor. Here are five of the top yachting destinations around the world.

First of all, you must head to Spain and check out the Balearic Islands. It’s a stone’s throw from the beautiful resorts of Valencia, but will feel a world away from anywhere else on earth. The water is deep blue and crystal clear, and the climate is perfect for sailing. The islands are dotted with gorgeous cities, which means you’ll have no shortage of ports to visit for a meal and a stretch of your legs. The America’s Cup sailing competition takes place here, so you know it will test your sailing mettle as well.

If you want something even more off the beaten path, check out Borneo. This Malaysian destination is the home of the largest Asian sailing event of the year, meaning you’ll have plenty of yacht choices and hundreds of seasoned sailors willing to show you the ropes. It’s tough sailing, but absolutely stunning. You’ll find beautiful all-inclusive resorts, but also the sort of off the grid tranquility you can only find in Asia.

Is that a bit too wild for your tastes? Then check out the Bitter End Yacht Club in the British Virgin Islands. This is much more like a resort trip, with cabins for rent all around the sound. Lots of food and beverage options, and water activities from fishing to scuba diving to kayaking with the kids. And since it is a full resort for sailors you’ll be able to hire out any sort of yacht you might have in mind.

You probably wouldn’t be looking for international yachting destinations if you weren’t adventurous, so in that case you should definitely check out Turkey’s Ionian Coast. This is an adventurer’s dream, with endless hidden bays, secret coves and the mysteries of thousands of years of sailing. The shore is dotted with ancient villages and ruined settlements, giving you the feeling of being lost in history. It’s gorgeous and unique, but also incredibly peaceful. It isn’t busy, and the waters are calm, making it a great option for less experienced sailors.

Finally head to New South Wales, Australia, and the waters of Terrigal. Any quality Australia tour should involve some amount of yachting, as this has always been one of the best sailing spots on the planet. Terrigal is just a couple of hours north of Sydney, and provides challenging water and incredibly nice people. You will have some rain here, but that will only add to the excitement. And with civilized society close at hand you’ll have no shortage of places to hit up if you ever tire of the water.

5 Annual Yacht Maintenance Expenses Feb 16

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Owning a boat affords the adventurous sailor a kind of freedom that many people never get a chance to experience. However, ownership of a yacht is more expensive than you may realize. Purchasing a boat is a significant expense on its own, but if you burn through your boating budget on the purchase alone, you may find yourself struggling to keep up with regular maintenance expenses. Keep in mind these 5 annual yacht maintenance costs, and be sure to leave room in your boating budget for future expenses.

  1. Cost of Fuel
    Unless you’re sailing on wind power alone, your vessel is going to need fuel to keep running. Many amateur sailors don’t realize how much fuel a yacht can burn on a single day in the water, and the cost of fuel may become a significant expense for these seafarers. Your fuel budget will end up becoming a major factor in your boating schedule. If you can’t afford to spend much on fuel, you may have to restrict your outings to special occasions only.
  2. Hull Maintenance
    The water is not friendly to boats. Paint may wear off quicker than you expect, barnacles may build up during periods of inactivity, and you may even have to repair weak spots and potential holes in your yacht’s hull. These can add up to take a large bite out of your boating budget. Having your yacht hauled out of the water, cleaned, treated, repaired and painted is not going to be cheap, and there is no way to get around these expenses. Be sure to leave room in your budget for these necessary annual maintenance costs.
  3. Mooring Expenses
    Where will your yacht find its home when it isn’t carrying you out over the water? This may not be a worry if you have your own seaside home with docking space, but if you’ll be tying off in an outside mooring facility, you can expect to pay for it. Just as it costs money to park your car in a commercial lot, you’ll need to pay for mooring space in the harbor to park your boat. Call around to local harbors and yacht clubs to get an idea of how much mooring will cost in your area.
  4. Engine Repairs
    Boats have many things in common with cars, especially in the mechanical sense. Just as your car needs periodic oil changes and tune-ups, your boat is eventually going to require some engine repairs. Boat engines often become flooded or clogged with debris after regular use, and this naturally leads to necessary repairs. Don’t forget about these mechanical expenses, or you could find yourself out of commission and searching for a Dollars Direct loan to finance your repairs.
  5. Sailing Equipment
    There are a number of other expenses in the life of a sailor that may not be regular, or even predictable. Sailing equipment items like life jackets, rope, tools, safety gear, or even linens and cookware may be necessary for your yacht. You may be thinking of these things as one-time expenses, but they don’t last forever. Keep in mind the things that you’ll need to by several times in the future to best plan for your new pastime.
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5 Things You Should Know About Boat Insurance Feb 01

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You wouldn’t drive a car or motorcycle without insurance, so what makes you think that it’s okay to take your motorboat out on the water without a policy in place to cover you, your guests, and your property in case of accident or injury? Although you’re probably more likely to get in a fender bender on land, you might easily run aground or fall victim to inclement weather during a boating excursion. Or a passenger might fall overboard, get knocked unconscious by a swinging boom on your sailboat, or suffer from severe seasickness that lands them in the E.R. The point is that you need to be prepared for anything that could go wrong on your boat if you don’t want to pay the price (literally). So here are a few things you should know about boat insurance.

  1. If you have a boat you should insure it. Most people don’t realize that their homeowner’s insurance policy could extend to their boat. However, the coverage is extremely limited, so you’ll definitely want to get the particulars before you rely on this policy to pay for your boat in the case of a loss. If you have an expensive water craft or you plan to take guests out on it, you’ll almost certainly want to beef up your coverage by obtaining a policy particular to your boat. If someone gets hurt or you end up with a total loss due to an accident of some sort, you’re foresight in this area will pay off.
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5 Ways to Protect Your Yacht From Weather Damage Feb 01

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Owning a yacht (or any other type of watercraft, for that matter) is usually a pretty nice thing. Not all of us are lucky enough to be able to own something like a yacht, and when you’re able to get one, whether it’s just for you or something that you plan on enjoying with your entire family, you definitely want to make sure that you’re able to protect your investment for a very long time. Yachts are anything but cheap, and when you’re actually able to buy one, there are usually a few pretty expensive things that come along with it. All told, your yacht can wind up costing you something of a small fortune. As a result, you definitely want to make sure that you’re doing everything in your power to make sure it’s safe and protected at all times.

Because boats sit in the water, they’re exposed to a pretty serious amount of risk when the weather turns foul. Many yacht owners have systems in place to make sure that their very expensive boats are protected no matter what the weather decides to dish out. If you’re thinking about buying your own yacht, you’re probably starting to think about how you will go about protecting it from harsh weather. We’ll talk about five solutions that you’ll be able to utilize so that you can rest easy and know that your yacht is protected from any and all bad weather.

1. An Awning. When you don’t have anything too terribly severe to deal with, an awning might do the trick just fine. Not all boats are kept in places where they’re under threat from things like hurricanes or tsunamis — sometimes all you need is a bit of protection from the sun and any rain that might show up. An awning will keep your yacht protected from harmful UV rays and make sure that the wind and rain don’t mess up its interior.

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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.

5 Reasons to Insure Your Yacht Dec 24

Owning a yacht is a great way to connect yourself with the sea and have a great time enjoying the sun and the open air while you’re at it. There are a lot of reasons that an individual or a family might choose to enjoy some water sports, and a luxurious yacht is a really great way to do that. Just like with any major purchase, you’ll likely be offered a whole lot of insurance options to cover your already-expensive new watercraft. If you just bought that brand new yacht, should you really go the extra mile and make sure you spend all that money to insure it? Actually, it’s a pretty smart idea to make sure you get insurance for your yacht, and we’ll talk about a few of the reasons why.

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1. Yachts Are an Investment. If you just purchased a brand new boat, you don’t need to be told this. They cost a ton of money, and if anything happens to your boat, you want to make sure your investment is protected. This doesn’t only involve things that might happen to your boat, however. If you happen to be responsible for something that happens to someone else’s boat, you want to make sure that you’re financially protected and aren’t going to leave someone else’s expensive investment damaged or broken. Yachts are very expensive, so you want to make sure you have a way to fix the situation if you break yours or someone else’s.

2. Stuff Can Go Wrong in the Off-Season. Just because you’re not driving your boat around on a regular basis doesn’t mean stuff can’t go wrong with it. Boats are just as likely, if not more so, to get destroyed or damaged during the off-season as they are when they’re enjoying peak use. A boat can get dropped, or any number of other catastrophes can befall it when it’s not in use. Some boat owners consider stopping their insurance when their boats are not in use, but the fact of the matter is that nearly 20% of all boat insurance claims get filed in the off-season.

3. You’re Liable Even if No One Is Driving. Your boat might just be sitting there in the dock, but if someone hurts themselves on or near it, you’re still liable. For this reason, it’s smart to have insurance. Just because you’re not around doesn’t mean someone else’s careless actions can’t get you into some serious trouble. It’s smart to make sure you’re protected even when you’re not around to make sure everyone is acting with safety in mind.

4. Natural Disasters Happen. Boats are exposed to the elements in quite a direct way, and are going to be exposed to a bit more in the way of natural disasters. When mother nature gets angry, you can put your car in the garage, and your house is probably pretty sturdy. Your boat, however, is going to be a little more vulnerable if you don’t take it out of the water. Lightning, storms, and water damage are all pretty common results of natural mishaps that can find you glad you paid for that insurance.

5. Vandalism Protection. Vandals can be pretty determined to get up to no good, and even if your boat is on a well-secured dock, someone still might be able to get in and damage it for no good reason. Having insurance is a smart way to protect against vandalism, since you can’t always monitor what’s happening at your dock all the time. With the right insurance, it’s relatively easy for a boat owner to have some considerable peace of mind. A site like can help you compare insurance rates for boats or any of the other automobiles in your life, and you’ll sleep better at night knowing that you investments are protected.

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