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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.

Pre-Owned Boat

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.

Basic Tips for Yachting Novices Apr 17

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Are you just taking to the seas of your own accord for the first time? In that case, there’s probably a lot you don’t know, even if you’ve taken a course or two. Even if you think you know everything, there is more than likely going to be something you’ve missed, and even the most prepared of sailors can easily overlook one or two small things.

Here is a small list of some handy sailing tips – they can be useful for rookies and veterans alike, so read up and head out onto open waters more prepared!

Choose Your Waters Wisely

If you’re just starting out and not yet familiar with some of the basics of sailing, possibly the most important thing to do is to make sure that you always choose to sail in calm waters, preferably with few other boaters around.

You want light winds and minimal traffic – this will make things easier and less stressful for you while you’re getting to grips with the ins and outs of sailing.

Bigger Ain’t Better

A small boat is much easier to handle, and uses fewer sails and lines, meaning you’ll be able to captain it with less difficulty. A smaller dinghy is easier to manoeuver – don’t get cocky and try to steer a massive boat.

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Five Natural Wonders of Bali Nov 20

The island nation of Bali is famous for its beautiful scenery, amazing wildlife, and rich culture. There are many temples, parks, and festivals for visitors to experience all year round, but for those who like to explore nature, Bali also boasts some of the most spectacular mountains, lakes, and beaches in the world. It may take some time and planning to see them, but venturing into nature while in Bali is one thing that no visitor will forget.

natural wonders of bali

1. Mt. Batur

The more accessible of Bali‘s two dominant active volcanos, Mt. Batur can still require a bit of stamina. Many tourists are passionate about the hike at sunrise, which starts at 3 or 4 am. You’ll need a guide to take you to the top, but once you get there, the amazing views of the sunrise over the adjacent Lake Batur are something to remember forever. There are also cycling tours to the mountain, but it’s not advisable to go without a guide, and you want to make sure there is no forecasted volcanic activity, as it could get dangerous!

2. Banjar Hot Springs

Bali has many different hot springs, but one of the most popular and most beautiful is Banjar, in the north. You do have to pay an entry fee to get in, but then you reach three large baths of sulfur water that you can soak in, under the dragon spouts and surrounding tropical garden. The lush jungle location is a steep climb from Banjar Village, or it can be reached by motorbike taxi.

3. Gitgit Waterfall

Also located in the northern regions of Bali, near the old island capital of Singaraja, this famous waterfall is reached by a steep and winding road that diverges into two paths. The falls are surrounded by coffee and clove trees, and you can often see wild monkeys and birds as you walk through the misty air towards the water. The area of the falls is surrounded by rain forest, and local children can be found playing in the waters.

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Enjoy Holiday Vacations in Perth with Cheap Air Tickets Nov 08

The city on beach framed by Indian Ocean, Perth is one of the most populated cities of Australia located on the banks of Swan River. The city has blessed with clean blue water, parks and green areas, blue sky, Gold Refinery and much more by Mother Nature. To experience this kind of adventure in your holiday, it will not be difficult to find Cheap Flights to Perth Australia from London.

Perth region, Australia

The city has no lack of sky high buildings, diverse range of wineries, commercial centers, Markets, Shopping malls. All these amusements can easily witness by discounted flight tickets to Perth. This city shares a calm wonderful beach view that shows the purity still lies in the nature.

One may visit Perth Mint, Australia’s only gold refinery and one of the largest Gold and Silver Producers of the world. It offers an exhibition and demonstration to the visitors. It might be the once in a lifetime opportunity for any one to witness the production of gold and silver.

AQWA or Aquarium of Western Australia is west Australia’s top most underwater Marine that showcases the amazing and unbelievable underwater life. The AQWA opens daily 10 AM and people can visit there to witness the incredible show.

Perth has now become the most popular tourist destinations of Australia due to its spectacular view of green, Kings Park spread in 1003 acre, beach, Gold Refinery, and much more. One can enjoy the delight with Low Budget Flights to Perth with Crystal Travel a renowned travel agency in UK. Along with that Perth also has the business hub of Australia the Central Business District linked with the suburbs of Perth.

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How to Buy a Yacht – Earn Money Quickly With Forex! Nov 08

Acquiring a new yacht needs either building a new construction, or buying brokerage. For many buyers the brokerage option is ideal since a yacht purchase on the brokerage market allows faster acquisition of a yacht, and financial savings. The best step for buyers is finding a reputable yacht broker to guide, advice, research legal, technical and logistical factors.

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Different types of yachts are available for you on this site, but choosing the right one takes time and attention. We offer you yachts that are available immediately. The entire yacht purchase process from selection to sea trials can be completed in a few weeks to a few months.

There are many reasons for you to buy a yacht. Some of them are:
– To have a means to access international waters
– Be better than anyone else
– Start your own stories
– Owning a yacht can give you a sense of dignity and respectability
– Improve the quality of your life
– New and better experiences
– Vacations whenever you feel like it, on your vacation home that moves
– Exploring new places
– Life can be so simple when you are on a yacht
– Being in the middle of the sea with people you choose to be with is priceless, relaxing, romantic, peaceful, exciting, in other words incomparable and unique.

This unique experience can be yours. Life is short and you deserve it. Now everyone of you can have a yacht. If you are wondering how, the answer is simple, FOREX TRADING.

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Why Should You Book A Ski Chalet Holiday Aug 17

If you are planning to go on a vacation around the snow and want an adventurous touch to it, Ski chalet holidays are the best way to go about it. Ski Chalets are the best way to get you around the slopes in a classy style. A big Ski chalet, shared with a lot of different people has a lot of different advantages if you are planning a memorable vacation. Ski Chalets are cost effective, beautiful and great for families. In this article, we will discuss some similar benefits of booking Ski chalets when you plan to go on a holiday.

Benefits of Booking Ski Chalets

Ski Chalet Holiday

1) Cost effective – Most of the luxury skiing chalets can easily accommodate about twenty to thirty people. This way, you will be able to cut down a lot of costs. Check in to a hotel room may give you some privacy, but you will have to spend a lot of money on various things. If you are a newly married couple or maybe survive on the pocket money which you get from your parents, booking a ski chalet would be the best and most economical option for you.

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Coaches in London : Benefits and Precautions Aug 13

Hiring a coach is the best medium of transport if you are dealing with guests to a party or marriage, or maybe a business delegation. Most of the coaches in London provide you with more facilities and make the travellers feel relaxed. Lots of friends and families are invited during a marriage or perhaps a big party. Cars are not sufficient to handle all the guests and coaches are the best choice. In fact, most of the tourists visiting London as a group also hire coaches so that they can easily travel throughout the city without much difficulty. Most of the coaches also provide guides and city tours at very affordable rates.

Coaches in London

Individual cars do not guarantee that all your guests will reach a specific place at a specific time. However, coaches are reliable as they will drop your guests to the destination together. In fact, most of the coach hire services in London make sure that the guest arrive on time. They are picked up from pick up points, dropped at their destination and again picked up after the event, before being dropped at their homes.

 

Benefits of Hiring Coaches in London

 

1) The major benefit of hiring a coach is that all the guest arrive together at the same time. So, you do not have to make special arrangements for everyone.

2) Most of the time, people lose their way when they travel to an unknown place. Coaches make sure that you never get lost or lose track of time. Moreover, experienced drivers make sure that you are not stuck in traffic jams etc.

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How to Toss a Stag Do Your Mates Will Not Forget Jul 25

In recent years, stag dos have evolved from a simple night down the pub with friends to an extravagant weekend-long hedonistic adventure. If you want to make sure your stag do stands out from the rest, the following tips should keep you on the right track.

Setting up a modern-day stag do is no easy feat. The days when a drunken evening down the pub the night before the wedding would suffice have long gone and multi-activity weekends, often hosted outside the UK, are fast becoming the norm.

Toss a Stag

If you want to be sure that your stag do attains legendary status among all those who attend, you’ll need to prepare everything long in advance of the actual event. This will give all the guests plenty of time to save up and arrange a few days off work. It should also help keep the costs down by allowing the group to take advantage of discounts for booking early.

The first step is to work out where and when to go and what to do while you are there. To allow for the unexpected – and for the groom to make a full recovery – the stag weekend should never take place less than two weeks before the wedding day.

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Alpari World Match Racing Tour Cancels Portugal Event Jul 09

Organisers of the Portimão Portugal Match Cup, have announced that Portugal has been removed as a venue for the 2012 Alpari World Match Racing Tour calendar. Struggling under increasing financial pressure, it is likely that lack of sponsorship from governmental authorities and commercial partners is to blame for the late withdrawal of the host venue. Unlike other sailing events, the Alpari World Match Racing Tour events require a great deal of money to organise and maintain, especially when racing boats must be provided for competing teams. Portugal is not the only European country struggling, which begs the question whether further host venues will find themselves in similar financial difficulty along the line.

Alpari World Match Racing Tour representatives stated:
“The decision to cancel the 2012 Portimão Portugal Match Cup follows lengthy discussions between the Tour and Sun Sailing Team where both parties sought a solution to retain the event. Unfortunately, the funding for the event has been severely impacted by the current economic situation in Portugal and some of the key funding partners are unable to commit their support to the regatta this year. The Tour looks forward to hopefully welcoming the Portimão Portugal Match Cup back into the series in 2013.”

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Despite the tour’s loss of another European host venue, tour organisers and participants are welcoming the involvement of the USA for the first time in 2012. New venues in Europe and beyond are anticipated to be announced for the 2013 tour.

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Drivable Beaches Along the East Coast Jul 09

Edgartown Lighthouse, Martha's Vineyard, July 2006

No matter how much of the East Coast you’ve boated or driven, it seems like new beaches appear out of nowhere along the thousands of miles of quiet inlets, barrier islands, and sweeping harbors every time you retrace your steps. Indeed, the East Coast is home to hundreds of high-quality beaches whose names might ring a bell. Since most are within easy driving distance of a major city, these gems give new meaning to the phrase “hidden in plain sight.”

1. Moshup Beach, Martha’s Vineyard

Escape the crowded restaurants and snobby subdivisions of the Vineyards’ northern and eastern shores and head up-island to the Gay Head area. It’s an easy drive or a vigorous bike ride to Moshup Beach, situated beneath Gay Head’s towering heights. Much of this part of the island remains wooded, and the area’s residents will be more than happy to share their little slice of nature with you.

2. Kiawah Island, Charleston

It’s no coincidence that many of the East Coast’s best beaches are island-bound. After all, it’s hard to happen on an island by accident. Kiawah offers a little bit of everything: a serious swath of sand, several square miles of preserved lowland forest and swamp, and easy access to the inimitable Charleston, South Carolina. You’d have to head up the coast to a little place called Manhattan to find an island with easier access to world-class cultural opportunities.

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