Blog

Jeanneau 349

Do I really need a Sea Trial?

Jan 18, 2021 12:28:00 PM

Taking a boat for a sea trial is an essential part of the boat-buying process. It's your chance to take it for a "test drive," but sometimes it's hard to know what to look for. Here are a few main things you should check:

Read More
Marina Del Rey

Marina Del Rey for the Holidays

Nov 16, 2020 4:54:00 PM

The holidays are almost here! If travel restrictions have thwarted your plans to visit out of town family, there's still plenty to do right here in our very own marina. Who needs a vacation when you can have a stay-cation?

Read More
Cleaning a boat

How to Hire a Detailer

Sep 7, 2020 11:45:00 AM

Washing, waxing and detailing your yacht can be a big job, whether your yacht is 30’ or 60’. Aside from taking a lot of time to keep your yacht in good condition, it also takes energy, flexibility, balance, skill, and physical exertion. If you are someone who doesn’t have the time and/or the physical ability to do it all yourself, you should consider hiring a boat cleaner/detailer to do the work for you, especially if it means that the work won’t get done otherwise. Taking care of light maintenance issues now no matter who does the work can save a lot of headaches later!

If every time you set foot on your yacht, you have to wash it or clean it up and it takes away from the time you actually spend using and enjoying your yacht, then hiring a detailer can be a liberating thing. Imagine being able to dock on a Sunday evening after a weekend of cruising and head straight home instead of spending an hour or two washing the boat down and vacuuming up potato chip crumbs. When you’ve had too much wine and “red, right, return” has tapped out your mental abilities, it’s a lot easier to dial your detailer than do it yourself! Here are some tips on how to find and hire a good detailer and what you can expect.

Read More
Jeanneau 64

How to Get a Boat Loan

Aug 10, 2020 12:24:00 PM

You've found the boat of your dreams and now it’s time to pull the trigger and make your boating dreams a reality—all that’s left to do is figure out how to get a boat loan. Don’t worry, this is every bit as easy as getting a car loan or similar financing.

Read More
Jeanneau 64

What’s the Difference Between a Yacht and a Boat?

Jul 13, 2020 1:31:00 PM

Many boating enthusiasts use the words boat and yacht interchangeably when in reality, they are very different terms. A yacht is a larger, recreational boat or ship. The word “Yacht” comes from Dutch origin and was originally defined as a light, and fast sailing vessel used by the Dutch navy to find and capture pirates. A boat, on the other hand, is smaller in size and can be anything from a fisherman’s boat to a sailboat.

When determining the difference between a yacht and a boat, there are a few main deciding factors including:

Size

As previously mentioned, size matters when it comes to differentiating between a boat and a yacht. Yachts can range from about 35 feet in length all the way up to 160+ feet in length, however, most will be somewhere in the middle. Anything over 160 feet would be considered a “Superyacht”. Boats are generally anywhere from 15-30 feet in length.

Where they can operate

Smaller boats are usually capable of operating in calm waters like lakes, rivers, and shallow harbors. Some larger boats, usually 20 – 30 feet in length, can also navigate more rough ocean waters. A yacht, on the other hand, is able to sail in deeper, ocean waters and deal with more turbulent seas. Due to a larger size, high tech yacht electronics and guidance instruments, protection from the elements, and a number of other features yachts are far more suitable for longer ocean trips.

Crew

While a boat can be operated by just one captain, a yacht sometimes requires a full crew to help with navigation, maintenance, electronics and engineering, repairs and stewards to cater to the passengers. Most modern yachts, however, are designed so they can easily be single-handed.

Propulsion

Depending on the boat, it may operate solely using a sail and the wind, or one or more inboard or outboard motors. While some larger boats can mount very large engines to create some real speed on the water, these engines do not match the power of most yacht engines. Yacht engines are much larger in size, can produce considerably more power – in some cases up to 800hp, and are capable of running much longer distances.

Navigation and technology

While some boats may have advanced marine electronics and navigation systems, it’s more of a requirement when it comes to yachts. When making trans oceanic trips it is not only important that you are able to navigate with precision, but also that you can detect other boats or objects that you may not be able to see and understand the performance of your vessel.

If you’re ready to look for your own yacht, contact us today or call us at (213) 260-0155.

Read More
Jeanneau 64

Can I Afford A Yacht?

Jul 6, 2020 1:07:00 PM

Let's be honest, yachts are expensive.

Tiger Woods purchased his 155-foot yacht Privacy for $20 million—and that’s cheap by swanky yacht standards. There's also the average annual cost of operating your yacht which is 10% of the purchase price. That means that Tiger Woods is putting something on the order of $2 million per year into keeping his Privacy.

As of 2018, the most expensive yacht is the History Supreme, sporting a $4.5 billion price tag. Not too shabby, huh?

Read More
Enjoying the Jeanneau 64

Your Yacht is a Tax Deduction

Jun 29, 2020 12:32:00 PM

What Savvy Yacht Owners Have Known For Years

Owning a yacht is a great experience that shouldn't be diminished by the difficulty of paying for it. For years, many savvy yacht buyers have been significantly reducing the cost of owning a yacht by placing their yacht in charter. This can allow you to write-off the purchase price of your yacht and deduct most ownership expenses like insurance, slip fee, and maintenance, against your employment income. In addition to providing a tax shelter, your yacht will also generate charter income to help offset other ownership expenses.

Read More
Enjoying the Jeanneau 64

Is Buying a Yacht a Good Investment?

Jun 22, 2020 11:50:00 AM

Buying a yacht should be a lifestyle choice, not just a financial decision. If you love the ocean and dream of spending your days on the water, then a buying a yacht is a great investment in your own happiness which is impossible to put on a price on. However, if you want to learn more about what type of investment you can expect when buying a yacht, read on...

Read More