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!
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.