BOAT SELECTION
CONSULTATION SERVICE

Since 1976 I have professionally consulted with over 10,000 people seeking cruising boats. My experience in the marine industry is unique; 391,000 miles and 48 years worldwide ocean sailing experience plus boatbuilding, surveying and previously owning a yacht brokerage. I’ve also owned and maintained four ocean cruising boats.

November 27, 2022 MARKET UPDATE:

I’ve been in New Zealand and the Cook Islands the past three weeks attending to the sea trial and training of Mahina Tiare’s new owner plus checking out the offshore boat market and services and interviewing harbor masters and marine services people. During this time I’ve been able to keep up with a steady stream of Boat Purchase Consultation clients making offers and negotiating on vessels around the world.

I’d expected the market for offshore-capable cruising boats to cool after recent interest rate hikes and tech layoffs, but if anything, it appears to have heated up even more! The two most important traits now are diligence and patience while searching for your best boat options. I am occasionally seeing exceptionally fine boats appear, but the good ones frequently have multiple offers within the first week, so be prepared to move quickly!

Market Pricing:

With the US dollar nearly par with the euro and strong against the pound, European purchases are more attractive than ever, as long as you’re happy starting your cruise from there. It does not make financial sense to purchase in Europe with the plan of shipping or having a yacht delivered to North America.

I am ready and keen to help you find your dream cruising boat.

$950

Unlimited Email Consultation Includes:

  • An analysis of the boats you are currently considering, discussing design, construction quality, seaworthiness, safety, speed, and comfort.
  • Suggestion of additional boats for you to review based on your cruising plans.
  • Answers to your questions regarding suitability of various designs.
    Analysis of your total overall cost of ownership: purchase, refit, outfitting, maintenance, and resale value.
  • Evaluation and forwarding of listing and selling prices of sisterships utilizing information from soldboats.com.
    Referral to qualified and unbiased marine surveyors worldwide.
  • Review of the survey with recommendation on post-survey price negotiations.
    Evaluation of current gear and additional equipment needed for offshore passage making.
  • Advice and referrals regarding documentation/registration, offshore flagging and tax implications.
    Recommendations and referrals for offshore insurance including crew of two.
  • Assistance selling you boat years later, potentially in a higher market than where you are considering purchasing.

$400

Unlimited Outfitting and Voyage Planning Consultation

This service is offered if you’ve already located or purchased your cruising vessel but need advice and recommendations on gear replacement and additions plus overall voyage planning.

Consultations are best conducted by e-mail.

  • Fill out and return the Boat Consultation Questionnaire. 
  • Contact our Friday Harbor office with your credit card information, office phone: 360-378-6131, mobile 360-378-7344.
  • Download a .doc file of the survey. You can email me your completed questionnaire to: sailing@mahina.com
Download Boat Consultation Questionnaire

Please note I am a professional consultant. I don’t sell boats or receive commissions of any type from anyone. My only interest is in helping you find the boat which will allow you to realize your cruising dreams safely and comfortably, while maintaining as much of your investment as possible.

CONTACT JOHN NEAL

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