It is no secret that this year will be a huge opportunity for people with good credit who want to buy a boat to get what they have always wanted. A recent survey of BoatTEST members has revealed that despite the recession many died-in-the-wool boaters are planning to take advantage of this never-before-seen "buyers market." They are now doing their research to zero-in on the precise boat they want before they start contacting dealers. And dealers tell us that their phones have started to ring. But with so many choices and so many deals available making the right selection may be harder than you think. And while there are many good deals, buyers must be sure that they don’t get a “good deal less.” We have several important tips for new boat buyers this year --
Hargrave Custom Yachts has doubled its space at the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show, Feb. 12-16 on Collins Ave. in Miami Beach and will have 4 new Hargraves and 12 pre-owned motoryachts, 68’ to 115’ -- most of which are Hargraves -- on display. It certainly seems as if Hargrave is on a roll, and it’s famous “disappearing pilothouse” 84-footer, called On A Roll, will be on display. Company CEO Mike Joyce said, “Each Hargrave represents the specialization and true personalization that we can offer our clients.” The company's forte is in a high degree of customization at production motoryacht prices. By special arrangement, BoatTEST members will be offered VIP tours through these yachts at the Miami show.
Appy for a BoatTEST/Hargrave VIP tour --
To see list of Hargrave's new and brokerage yachts on display --
See BoatTEST videos of five Hargrave motoryachts --
Bertram Yachts and Ferretti Group have collaborated on the birth of their new 360 design, which is the first 30+ footer to be introduced to the Bertram line in years. She is offered in either an open or hardtop version. This model is a long-delayed replacement of the popular 31. In fact, the 360 is a direct descendant of the classic 31. Today’s 360 Open captures the essence of the traditional fishboat layout with the modern flair and sleeker, softer lines that post baby boomers are used to. Our first impressions on the 360 Open? Solid. Serious. A man's boat. We asked Capt. Steve to take a video look at the recent New York Boat Show.
Sea trial this new boat.
To see BoatTEST videos of other Bertram models --
During the last 30 days BoatTEST Member Services has been working with scores of people all over the world looking for new and used boats. Most, of course, are from North America. About 35% of the members are looking for new boats and the boats being sought range up to 80'. BoatTEST staff contacts the members seriously in the market and helps facilitate a desirable transaction. One of the things Member Services will be doing is advertising the boats of qualified buyers in the "Boats Wanted" section of the weekly BoatTEST and Offshore Motoyacht newsletters (see below). If you are in the market this spring for a new or used powerboat then perhaps you should consider taking advantage of BoatTEST's FREE Member Services program. To read the details --
Member Services "Boats Wanted" sign-up form --
BoatTEST.com videos now appear on over 7,500 classified powerboat listings on BoatTrader.com, the world’s largest classified boat listing website. These listings are part of a one-month trial on the listings of just 15% of the website’s 3400 dealer-advertisers. When the program is rolled out to all of Boat Trader’s dealer-advertisers, as many as 51,000 – or about one-third – of all of the website’s classified listings could have BoatTEST video tests and reviews. This follows by two months the introduction of BoatTEST videos on Europe’s leading classified boating website, BoatShop24.com. To learn more about these strategic partnerships and learn how BoatTEST videos are helping consumers all over the world make more informed buying decisions -- squeeze your mouse.
Visit BoatTEST.com's classified listings.
BoatTEST.com members are currently in the market for the boats listed above and on the "jump" and have provided full contact information. Dealers, brokers and other industry institutions in possession of these boats are invited to contact BoatTEST.com to be put in touch with the people who have identified themselves as searching for these boats. BoatTEST.com keeps all Member Services contact information confidential until released by the member.
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For Seller Sign-Up form --
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Fairline debuted the latest addition to their Squadron line at the London Boat Show last week. The new Squadron 70 is an update and redesign of the popular Squadron 68 and she now features an extended hi-lo swim platform which not only makes handling and storing the tender easier, but also allows for a larger more accessible platform for serious watersports. This motoryacht is meant not just for entertaining but also cruising, and the designers got it right by offering owners a choice of layouts both above and below deck. See specs and images of the Squadron 70 from Fairline.
More on the Battery
|If you’ve been confused about exactly how to use your battery switch, you are not alone.|
Last week’s article covering the battery switch dilemma was quite popular with our readers and they have asked for more. The author of the articles was Capt. John Wenz, a marine surveyor who is also a yacht captain with over 30 years experience. In this installment Capt. John explains how to charge both of your batteries and answers some reader’s questions. To get the juice flowing -- switch to "BOTH".
Scene at marina after
an explosion and fire.
An explosion and fire which killed a 19-year old deck hand on Lake Norman has resulted in citations for the marina and boat owner and law suits have been filed. This tragedy once again underscores how careful we all must be while refueling. In this case there are allegations that the engine, generator and A/C were running while the refueling was going on. The local news report is instructive --
Capt. Steve's Lesson #20
Aids to Navigation
|Capt. Steve explains buoys.|
In this lesson, Aids to Navigation for Recreational Boaters, Capt. Steve recognizes that some boaters find the system of buoys intimidating. He feels that making sense of it all is not difficult once you know how to look at the system as a whole instead of as individual parts. Capt. Steve takes the big picture and breaks it down so the boater can get a better understanding of why these markers are where they are and how to make sense of them. The 10 videos presented this week are part of his USCG-approved boating course called “Smart Boating.” Watch Captain Steve's video boating lessons every week on BoatTEST.com.
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