Frequently Asked Questions
Buying a Yacht
Just as you’d test drive a car, test sailing is an important component of the buying process. It’s important to make sure that you’re choosing the right boat for you. Normally a test sail will take place once a formal offer to purchase has been presented. When you’re test sailing the owner of the boat will skipper the vessel, or he will choose a skipper for this purpose. From leaving the key side, a typical sea trial will take between 1 and 2 hours.
This varies per boat, with some included, some sold separately, some available to rent or some not at all. If you are a member of a club, you will be able to hire moorings from the club if and when they become available. Ordinarily, should you wish to rent a mooring from a club, you will need to be a member of that club.
Moorings are categorized from A to D. The smallest vessels are moored in A moorings, and the largest in D (with B and C escalating in size respectively). Additionally, catamarans generally require an extra wide mooring, or a double mooring.
While it’s not a requirement, it’s highly advisable. We are affiliated with Club Marine Insurance Brokers, who have a plethora of experience in getting the best insurance deals, tailored to their clients needs.
You’ll need to do this once every 12 months. You’ll either be able to do this through a member of your club, otherwise SAMSA offers this service as well.
Yes, you do. We can put you in contact with organizations who can help you attain one.