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How to Find the Right Boat In New Zealand?

How to Find the Right Boat In New Zealand?

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The dream of owning a boat starts with a series of questions that future owners must critically ask themselves; our checklist will help you. The intended use of the ship is just as important as the proper berth and operating costs. Here are ten points that can be used to find the right boat successfully.

How to Find the Right Boat In New Zealand

Point 1: 

In what area should the boat be used?

River, inland, near the coast, or on the high seas? With current or without? If you know where you mainly want to use your boat, you can make your initial selection and narrow down the size and classification you are looking for. If you are looking for a motorboat, you should find out in advance what traffic restrictions apply in the area and whether you first need to apply for a license to operate an internal combustion engine or electric boat.

Motorboat drivers also need to decide if they are looking for something small and lively for a day trip on the water or if they want to take their boat on a road trip. A small GRP glider with a maximum cabin or an elegant small tender is suitable for a work bike on inland waterways.

If the boat is also to be used as a towing vehicle for water skis or wakeboards, care must also be taken to produce a perfect wake. If you want to spend your holidays on a boat, you need a spacious displacement, which offers above all the coziness of a good speed potential.

Sailors have various classes and models, from elegant boats to small keelboats and large offshore yachts. To gain an overview and learn about the sailing characteristics of individual ships, it is worthwhile to test as many ships as possible. Boat shows, where many shipyards present their yachts, also provide a good overview of the various new models, construction, and equipment on and below deck.

Point 2:

Does the boat need water or land mooring?

The desire for a desired berth will often take hold before you start looking for a boat that will fit precisely into that box. And even if the boat stays on a trailer or slips after use, it’s a good idea to know where to permanently store it before buying it.

While births in many ports have been accessible in recent years, the situation has changed significantly during the coronavirus pandemic. With many water sports enthusiasts turning to the possibility of spending their free time on their doorstep and opting for their yacht, this has led to the high utilization of mooring capacities.

Point 3:

Should it be a motor yacht or a sailing yacht?

Suppose you choose a motorboat or a motor yacht. In that case, you are not dependent on the wind, you usually have a shallower draft, and you can navigate inland areas and rivers very well; no bridges or currents hinder your progress. Those who prefer a sporty, quiet, and close-to-nature environment and would like to sail on more extended trips on the sea should look for a suitable sailboat.

Point 4:

Who will use the ship, and who will come on board?

The family or partner must be involved when buying such a crucial recreational property as your boat. Not only because it is a costly hobby but also because it takes a lot of time. Only those who do not know a better activity in their free time than being on the water will support the purchase of their boat with true passion. Especially those who decide to own their boat for the first time should first charter or taste the world of “yachting” in the owner’s association and see if they want to fulfil their dream of owning their boat.

Point 5:

Should the boat be used for day trips or long trips?

If you only want to be on the water during the day, you need a small cabin and not much equipment. But the longer the time on board, the more each foot in length pays off. A larger size means more storage space, comfort, and beds, with more options for leisure and holiday activities on the water.

Point 6:

How big should the boat be?

Each meter costs more but also creates a plus in comfort. If you have a choice between a large and a small, very well-equipped yacht when in doubt, you should choose the larger boat. It is possible to gradually update and improve the equipment, especially the electronics, but it is uncommon to structurally alter the yacht to add a few feet.

Point 7:

How expensive can this investment be?

In addition to the investment amount when buying a boat, operating costs such as berthing, insurance, maintenance, and travel must also be calculated. Anyone investing in a new yacht will quickly have a list of the many things they need to buy for their boat. If you find a used yacht, you should expect a lot of available and functional equipment that is no longer current or to your taste. The basic rule is that a boat used purely as a recreational object must never become a financial burden in everyday life.

Point 8:

How much care should you give yourself?

This is also a significant cost factor: does the boat come to the shipyard for an overhaul in the winter months, or does the owner want to do everything himself and invest a lot of work and time if he has the technical know-how? In addition, new owners have to wonder where the boat’s equipment is stored during the winter. Is there a garage for sails and a dry cellar for boat upholstery? If not, winter storage in a heated hall is recommended to keep as many things on board undamaged as possible.

How much care a boat needs depends on the material of the hull. Wooden boats take a lot of time to sand and paint, but they are beautiful. Modern GRP yachts require significantly less maintenance and can be restored to a beautiful condition with a thorough polish.

Ships made of steel or aluminium are exceptionally durable, although after several decades, corrosion or electrolysis occurs, reducing the hull’s stability.

Point 9:

Used or new yacht?

If you are interested in a used yacht, you will find a large selection, but you need to be more precise about what search parameters are essential to you. In addition to the size of the yacht, age and previous use play a decisive role. Subsequent installations or changes are often possible but, above all, expensive. The onboard electronics, mast, struts, and undercarriage should be thoroughly examined and replaced if necessary when buying a vintage yacht.

Above all, anyone investing in a new yacht from a shipyard must have a little patience; most of the production yacht manufacturers are fully booked for the next few months. But if you are willing to wait for your dream boat, you can have it built individually and tailored to your needs. The individual configuration goes far beyond the choice of upholstery and number of berths; engine power can be changed, as can mast length and keel draft.

Point 10:

Could it be a ship with history?

There are also floating pearls with a great past. Sometimes lovingly cared for as marine jewels, but sometimes in a sorry state, just waiting to be comprehensively restored and kissed. If you choose a classic yacht, a collector’s model, or a “vintage” boat, you are buying a boat with character. A ship that others look up to with admiration. Many questions are asked, and there is sometimes also a strong community of owners who have a boat of the same shipyard or design. Floating gems require more work than a new, comfortable boat off the shelf, but they reward their owners with a unique flair that cannot be arbitrarily copied.

Conclusion: Everyone who has answered at least these ten questions knows what type of boat and length suit him and his preferred sailing area. Now, the search begins. And an extensive comparison of the kinds on many web portals and boat exchanges. An exciting phase of discovery that can be half-jokingly summed up with wisdom is: There are two happy days in the life of a yacht owner. The day you buy your boat, and on the day it is successfully sold to another lucky new owner,.

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