Buy­ing new

Yachting World - - Time To Buy Your Next Boat -

“A bro­ker­age yacht is some­one else’s project,” says Kate Por­te­ous of Oys­ter Yachts. “If you want a yacht to your own spec­i­fi­ca­tion, the only op­tion is a new boat.”

One of the strong­est parts of the mar­ket, even for main­stream pro­duc­tion builders, is in the 45-55ft sec­tor and up­wards. Peter Thomas of Hanse dealer In­spi­ra­tion Ma­rine says he has seen a sig­nif­i­cant change in the past five years. “Younger own­ers, typ­i­cally in the 40-55 age bracket, with sub­stan­tial in­comes, are buy­ing a brand new boats be­cause they can choose ex­actly what they want.

“When we sell a new boat, the ex­tras spec­i­fied of­ten add 20 per cent or more to the price. From the Hanse 455 up­wards buy­ers also in­creas­ingly want cus­tomi­sa­tion be­yond fac­tory op­tions. Re­cently one wanted seven net­worked TV screens, while an­other spec­i­fied the ex­act var­nish for the teak cock­pit ta­ble.

“A new boat can also pro­vide more mod­ern fea­tures. It might be as sim­ple as MFDS on pods at each wheel, or some­thing that can only be in­cor­po­rated at the de­sign stage. The Hanse 575, for ex­am­ple, has space for a Wil­liams Jet Ten­der in the stern garage, which has proved in­cred­i­bly pop­u­lar.”

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