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West Coast Sailing Destinations: San Francisco

Mar 1, 2021 11:43:46 AM

San Francisco is full of great tourist destinations, and most of the world-renown sites are located right on the water! Sailing around San Francisco Bay offers sites of San Francisco’s breathtaking waterfront. You can sail around Alcatraz or pass under the Golden Gate Bridge, but this boater's paradise offers more great sailing destinations than what you've seen on a postcard. Here are some great places to check out:

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West Coast Sailing Destinations: Santa Cruz

Feb 22, 2021 1:10:22 PM

Destination #2 in our West Coast Sailing Series is sunny Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz has a wonderful mix of calm waves and rugged coastline, making it a perfect cruising destination. You can expect the conditions on Monterey Bay in Santa Cruz to be ideal with winds from 15-20 knots and a moderate swell of 2-4 feet. 

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West Coast Sailing Destinations: Seattle

Feb 16, 2021 4:35:20 PM

We've got cruising on the brain, and especially with all of the recent stay-at-home orders, we're itching to get away. Welcome to our new series of west coast sailing destinations! Seattle is located on Puget Sound and surrounded by water, making it a top sailing destination on the West Coast. 

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The Best Online Resources for Cruising

Feb 8, 2021 11:57:27 AM

If you caught last week's article about The Best Books for Cruising, you're off to a great start. Physical books are always a plus to have when you're cruising because you never know when you'll have cell service. However, there are an infinite amount of amazing resources online that will help you plan for cruising. Here are some of our favorites, but if you see something missing, let us know so we can add it to our list!

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The Best Books for Cruising

Feb 1, 2021 1:20:00 PM

Some of our friends are gearing up for a Pacific crossing, so I spent some time trying to compile my favorite resources for them. A few years ago, we sailed down the West Coast of Mexico, and while I'll say we were actually pretty prepared, we definitely still learned a lot. Here are some great books to check out if you're planning on cruising. If you don't see one of your favorite books here, let me know and I'll add it to the list!

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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:

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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?

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How to work with a yacht broker

Oct 26, 2020 12:00:00 PM

If you’re ready to sell your boat or yacht, a key decision you’ll need to make is whether to sell it yourself or through a yacht broker. If you sell the boat yourself, you won’t need to pay a broker’s commission, but without help from a pro, it will often take you longer to sell the boat and you may have to settle for a lower price. Generally, sellers work with brokers more often when the boats are newer, larger, and/or more expensive, but there are many other reasons to list boats of all sizes and conditions with a broker.

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5 tips for Selling your Boat

Oct 19, 2020 12:00:00 PM

There's never been a better time to sell your boat. Demand is the highest been in ages as people are looking for safe, socially distanced activities they can do. Summer may be over, but the warm weather in SoCal never ends, so get your boat listed ASAP! Here are 5 tips to help you with a speedy sale.

1. Looks Matter

The way your boat looks can win over buyers. From the minute a customer sees your boat, whether online, or in person, you want them to be impressed by how great your boat looks! A freshly cleaned and decluttered boat makes a huge difference in the selling process, not to mention, people often associate poor looks with poor mechanical upkeep. Here are some things you should consider doing while your boat is on the market:

  • Do a deep interior and exterior cleaning. Enlist the help of a professional detailer if you want your boat to really stand out. Get the boat waxed, have the carpet cleaned, examine caulking, remove dirt and grime from the engine room and bilge, replace dock lines and clean cords and wires. Look at your boat through the eyes of the buyer and try to notice the small details. All these little things add up to make your boat more sellable.
  • Remove personal items. Buyers need to be able to envision themselves as the owner of your boat. Your personal items, like clothes and pictures, should be removed before listing.
  • Declutter. Make sure that cabinets, dressers, pantries, and storage compartments are empty, and throw out any trash. When storage areas are crammed with junk, it makes the boat look like it lacks space!
  • Consider Staging. You do not want clutter or personal items on the boat, but you also don’t want it to look barren. By adding decorative pillows, centerpieces, pictures, fresh bedding and towels, you can add some extra charm for buyers.
How a broker can help: 

When you spend every day selling boats, you learn exactly what buyers are looking for. An experienced broker will go through your boat with you and give you suggestions on what you can do to improve your chances on the market. They will notice the things that you have overlooked and can give you advice on how to fix them.

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