At the time of typing, the year's biggest showcase of extravagant yachts and awesome waterbound craft, The London Boatshow, is still powering on after already impressing attendees several times over. Whether you had the pleasure of seeing these new models and products up close or through online photos, it may have ignited that long held off spark to look into finding a vessel to call your own. Even if you already own your own catamaran or sleuth, this article by The Onion (a most reputable news source, we assure you) suggests now may be the right time to dig deep yet again. Seachest is here to help with our own New Boat Buyer's Guide for 2015!
Cruising: Probably what most people imagine when they mutter to themselves "I Should Buy A Boat...", cruising boats are characterised by docile handling qualities, interior space, good light-wind performance and on-board comfort. Some offer cabin accommodation and some don't, so you'll want to decide whether you want a boat for cruising in the day or for overnight voyages.
Fishing Boats: Designed with open cockpits and the maximum amount of deck space for their intended purpose, fishing boats can also be built with sleeping quarters, though it's typically smaller. Whether for big game or small time angling, most good fishing boats try to strike a balance between comfort and a prime catching space.
For Watersports: Waterskiing, wakeboarding, wakesurfing, tubing...they all require a boat! Though some boats like Bowriders and Pontoons give a nice space for relaxing on the water, many types of watersport boats are known for providing the speed needed to get the most out of the water.
There's no point seeking out an Express Cruiser or Trawler if your best option is to park it at home, nor is it wise to desire a Jet Boat or Bowrider until you're adequately trained to use it. Reading and learning as much as you can about boating before you start looking for local sellers will not only lead you to a raft that best fits your lifestyle, but you'll be all the more prepared for life aboard it.
Second hand boats can be bought for a fraction less, but with lower cost comes a higher risk. Whilst they are often sold with all the necessary on-board gear and with insurance that is much more affordable, a limited warranty or lack there of, plus the requirement of a surveyor to fine comb its condition means it might be as money-saving as it first appeared.
Cruiser - Jeanneau Sun Odessy 349Average Retail Price: £60,807Designed by Marc Lombard and available in a choice of two or three cabins, this new twin wheel & two rudder cruiser is spacious, easy to handle and with very high qualitywoodwork. Winner of Cruising World's Boat of the Year 2015 award for Best Pocket Cruiser.
Powerboat - Bavaria Sport 400Average Retail Price: £212,000
Available in an open, hard top or coupe model, this practical powerboat mixes practicality with luxury to match your particular dream day out on the water. The owner's cabin is more akin to a suite, with an open sunroof turning the cockpit into more of a social space.
Fishing - Mariner 180Average Retain Price: £12,995
With its strong storage space, great speed and sizeable cockpit, this is one of the most natural boats for fishing we've seen in years. Nicely tailored to the individual, those who've been through many fishing boats in their time will appreciate how the Mariner 180 combines the best bits of all of them.