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IF YOU ARE BUYING A BOAT…

We will provide you with all the necessary information on the boat you are interested in. If you can't find the boat you are interested in, or can't decide which one to choose, you can contact us and we will help you with your decision.

Our brokers help their clients in choosing the most attractive boat, accompanying you to test drives, organize surveys and vessel assessment inspections, take care of technical and legal issues as well ownership transfer. Our brokers are well educated and experienced in finding a few boats that will suit your preferences.

A broker also makes sure that all paperwork is carried out smoothly, from initial ofer, receipt, certification of ownership, tax issues, registration (in Croatia), and all other procedures necessary for a successful sale. You can fully rely on our brokers to help you find and purchase a boat that you have imagined.

IF YOU'RE SELLING A BOAT…

…our brokers are well experienced workers who will make the whole process of selling a boat as easy as possible, making sure that your interests are respected the whole time. The first step is to define the advertising strategy by making a marketing plan, which will in the end result in attracting the most interesting clientele.

Broker services include promoting your vessel, advertising of the vessel on the Internet to expand the market as much as possible, connecting to the other brokers and clients, as well as communication to the potential buyers.

Every boat we sell has its own specification, which is presented to the interested parties. These specifications are technical data and photographs and all other boat information that can improve the image of the boat.

Our brokers also participate in sea trials and test drives, constantly communicate with buyers and the client, and makes no decisions unless he has agreed earlier with the client. The positive outcome for both sides is often a result of broker's mediation work.

The most important thing you have to do is to give all necessary documentation and detailed information of the boat to your broker as well as to sign a quality and satisfying contract.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT BOAT

Some of the important decisions when choosing the right boat are whether to use new or used boat, diesel or gasoline, inboard or outboard engine. Besides these decisions, you also have to determine how you want to use the boat, for family weekends, sailing along the coast, sports, long journeys or living on board. No matter what you choose to do with the boat, the following lines can help you choose the right model.

NEW OR USED?

This mainly depends on your financial situation and your budget. New vessels have warantees and maintenance services, and you could save some money on discounts or some of the free additional services. When you are buying a new boat, be sure of the price and everything that goes with it, what is included and what isn't.

When buying a used boat you have to make sure that a complete check up is done and that it has a warantee.

Also it is better if you do the check up yourself or pay a professional to do the inspection and all necessary repairs. Also make sure that you know what is included and what isn't in the price, because if the seller is a private person who is selling this boat to buy another one, he might want to keep some of the boat's equipment.

DIESEL OR GASOLINE?

This depends on how you are planing to use the boat. Sport boats usually run on gasoline because it enables the better manoeuvrability. Boats that have outboard engine also run on lead-free petrol. Diesel is used on the fishing boats, cruisers and larger motor yachts, because they are bigger and heavier and this engine allows better functioning.

PRIVATE SELLER OR BROKER?

There is no difference between the quality of service you get from the private seller and broker. For private seller's services you will have to pay, but at least you won't have to worry about the paperwork or negotiating with the owners. The main advantage is that you will save a lot of time by hiring a private seller.

SHOULD I TAKE THE BOAT FOR A TEST DRIVE?

Definitely yes.You should test the boat before you buy it, eventhough some owners might ask you to pay for the drive yourself. Also you should ask them to show you that all elements are functioning. Certainly check all additional equipment for malfunctions, like pumps, fish finder, lights, radio, running water. While testing the boat, try to do all things you would normally do like starting, stopping, sailing.

When you are buying a sailboat you should ask the owner to set off with them so that you could test the mast, rigging and other functions.

SAFETY CHECKS?

Like cars, boats also have their identity and there are many ways to confirm that the boat you are buying is actually the one that you are paying for.

RCD: all vessels built after June 15, 1998 have a manufacturer's CE confirmation, proving that the vessel had been built in accordance with EU Recreational Craft Directive. This confirmation also shows the safety design category – A is the highest category, and C is standard small recreational vessel.

HIN (Hull Identification Number) contains 14 characters and should be printed on the hull. Letters and numbers state the country of manufacture, manufacturer's code, unique vessel serial number, month and year of manufacture, and the year the particular model had been launched. Declaration of Conformity: this document states that the vessel is manufactured in accordance with all EU regulations, and it is signed by the manufacturer.

Instructions and manuals: all new vessels must have instructions on functioning of basic operation and safety procedures, which is in accordance with General Safety Regulations from 2005. If these are not on board, calculate the price of their replacement in your initial offer. Berth in the marina: if the private seller is offering the boat together with a marina berth, make sure you check what it's about exactly.

HOW MUCH IS THIS GOING TO COST ME EXACTLY?

Buying and maintaining a vessel is not a bargain, you should organize your finance and stick to your determined budget so you don't fall into some unexpected debts.

Berthing costs: the prices of the the prices depend on the season and size of the boat. Marinas also have different prices among each other, so we recommend making contact with all marinas in the area and inquiring about the prices and available berths.

*Maintenance costs: * all vessels must be mantained on regular basis, usually every season, and the work on the boats depoends on how muche the vessel had been used. Maintenance costs includ human labour but also some other fixed costs such as lifting the boat, washing the underwater parts, fixing the mast and others.

Insurance: the law requires only charter boats to be insured, but it is not reccomended that you don' insure the boat you have just boaught. We know that boat crashes are not often or even possible,but not having insureance could be pretty catastrophic. When insuring the boat against thefth, fire, crash, you should also insure personal belongings on board.

Financing: as a vessel is a valuable property, it would be best to ask for a professional advice with financing. You should check first which bank has a special section specialised in vessel purchase. It would be ideal if you could find a lender that is flexible and willing to adjust the conditions to particular client.

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