Compare Listings

16 Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Yacht

Buying the right boat for your own use requires asking yourself a few questions about your utilization plans.

Below are 16 questions you should ask yourself before making a decision to buy a boat. Each question will add a filter to your search for your optimum boat.

1. Do I prefer sailing or motoring?
2. How many weeks per year can I devote to boating?
3. What is my capital budget?
4. What is my annual expense budget for insurance, fuel, docking, and maintenance?
5. How many people will accompany me 90% of the time?
6. What will be the minimum and maximum number of people I will have aboard on a cruise?
7. Will my guests be close family (ages important), extended family or friends, business associates, new acquaintances, or strangers?
8. Would I feel more comfortable with a professional crew?
9. Where will I do most of my cruising?
10. Are there depth restrictions where I plan to berth my yacht or where I plan to cruise? What is the minimum depth I will encounter?
11. Are there any fixed bridges that I will have to go under to access open waters? What is the clearance?
12. Will I sometimes be obliged to cruise at night?
13. What is the longest distance I plan to cruise without being able to refuel?
14. Is fishing (what kind) or scuba diving going to be a primary activity or will I primarily cruise and occasionally swim and fish?
15. Do I plan to mostly anchor out or will I generally overnight in marinas?
16. In marinas, do I plan to eat out often or is cooking aboard important for me?

For any additional comments on factors that could influence purchase:

Please fill in these questions and fax the results to +1 727 399-6864 or email us at


Josh Mango

Related posts

How to Buy the Right Boat

Most yachters buy the wrong boat. This a fact proven by boating statistics (the average boat is...

Continue reading
by Josh Mango

Is the Term Gray Market Yacht in Brokerage Appropriate?

According to Webster, Gray Market is defined as “ …a market employing irregular but not illegal...

Continue reading
by Josh Mango

Using Exchange Rate Graphs to Find Bargain Yachts

We live in a very small world. We also live in a very competitive world, especially in industries...

Continue reading
by Josh Mango

Join The Discussion