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WEST PALM BEACH, FL / ACCESSWIRE / August 4, 2016 / Inc. (Saveene) is pleased to announce its Yacht Club Membership. Currently members can enjoy a fleet of over twenty luxury yachts such as: Ferreti, Azimut, and Princess to name a few.

Saveene customizes each membership in accordance to what the needs and requirements of each member are. The Saveene Yacht Club Membership is open to all who love yachting. The yachts come with a Captain so all you need to do it sit back and enjoy your time onboard with friends, family, or business associates.

Enjoy the benefits and privileges of belonging to this exclusive private club of yacht lovers. This is your opportunity to meet and cruise with one of the best clubs on the East Coast of Florida. Our members come from all across the USA and Canada.

The goal of our founders is to build a yacht club with a warm and friendly attitude that meets the needs of its members. Being part of the Saveene Yacht Club means being part of a group of members that enjoy numerous benefits not only the common interest in yachting.

As a member of the Saveene Yacht Club you receive:

  • Great discounts at one of Saveene’s vacation properties located in Cancun, Mexico, Lakehurst,Canada, and Alicante, Spain.
  • Enjoy dinners at discounted prices
  • Enjoy numerous activities setup by Saveenes club manager
  • Private meeting rooms
  • Share business ideas with other members
  • Social events and activities.

To join all you need to do is complete our online application and one of our representative will contact you.

The cost of the membership is custom tailored to suit your needs and the type of yacht/s you would like to experience.

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Saveene offers fractional ownerships of popular vacation properties and yachts, as well as, yacht club memberships. We Bring affordable solutions to consumers seeking to own luxury assets at a fraction of the entire cost, all while looking after the management and maintenance tasks required by each asset. Leaving owners worry free and with nothing, but time to enjoy their asset as well as building bonds with family and friends. Saveene makes its home in the beautiful city of West Palm Beach, Florida. We welcome all interested parties to call us at 1888 978 4808.

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Charter Vs. Fractional

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Charter and fractional ownership offer the yachting lifestyle at a fraction of the cost of ownership.

Why is your option the best?

Saveene Group has engineered a unique and inexpensive way to own a piece of paradise and your own luxury yacht for a fraction of what you may think this lap of luxury costs. Unlike our competitors our contracts are perpetual. We use brand new or fairly new yachts and replace them every few years with our CAP program! You can use the yacht for few years, and then resell your fractional week as our contracts are continual and investment grade.

Fractional Ownership is not as new as one may assume. The concept was actually introduced years ago for corporate jets. Fractional ownership then moved its way into luxury yachts, vacation properties, expensive automobiles, recreational vehicles and other tamable assets. We are very excited to be on the leading edge of an amazing and proven concept that is here to stay! We are the pioneers and engineers of our perpetual patent pending Club Adjustable Fractional Ownership (CAP).

Fractional yacht ownership allows owners to get all of the pleasures of chartering, plus all of the benefits of sole ownership at a fraction of the cost.

In yacht chartering, such as renting, you are paying for/off someone else’s asset; with fractional yacht ownership you are paying for/off your own asset. I

t’s ownership vs. renting in a nut shell.

What do you see as the biggest advantages of charter? What are the drawbacks?

With charter, there are hundreds of yachts to choose from. If there is a drawback, it could be that when a charter guest becomes attached to a specific yacht and its crew because of the great service they provide, that he/she may be disappointed if the boat sells and the crew changes. A great charter also takes a bit of pre-planning and diligent work with a charter agent before the trip to ensure that their vacation exceeds their expectations.

What are the biggest advantages of fractional ownership? What are the drawbacks?

The biggest advantage of fractional ownership is that you own the yacht of your choice for a fraction of the cost with absolutely no headaches and hassles of management responsibility and receive the residual upon the resale. The only drawback we have encountered thus far in the program is our owners don’t want to leave their yacht when their scheduled time is up.

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Comparison of Whole Ownership to Fractional Ownership

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People interested in purchasing a vacation home no longer have to go the traditional route. Now many options exist, including shared or fractional ownership that costs less, includes numerous amenities and doesn’t involve the hassles of home maintenance. Here’s a comparison of whole ownership versus fractional ownership:

Whole Ownership

  • The appeal: Whole ownership is what people are most familiar with. After all, it’s how they bought their primary home and probably how their parents did as well.
  • Value: Since real estate has traditionally appreciated over time, purchasing a vacation home can be justified as not only recreational expense but also as an investment.
  • Who’s buying: Lots of middle-income baby boomers who want to spend frequent weekends or all summer with their families in a particular spot. The average buyer is 47 years old with annual income of about $80,000.
  • Current market: Demand for second homes is booming after an economy-induced slowdown during recent years. Buyers last year snapped up an estimated 445,000 second homes, far eclipsing the previous high of 377,000 in 1999, according to the National Association of Realtors.
  • What you get: Full ownership of a home, and all the inherent perks and hassles: You don’t have to share your property and you can go anytime you want, but you do have to deal with all the leaks and tax bills.
  • Locations: On average, a second home used for vacation tends to be about 185 miles from an owner’s primary residence. Locations typically relate to some sort of recreational preference – beach, golf, ski slope or theme park.
  • Price: Average prices for a second home are estimated at between $190,000 and $200,000, according to the National Association of Realtors. The hottest markets are pricier, of course. Median prices in Aspen and Palm Beach, Fla., are north of $1 million according to In Kiawah Island, S.C., prices are nearly $800,000.
  • Resale: Because demand is strong and supply constrained, second-home prices have been moving up faster than prices for primary residences, particularly in traditional vacation markets.

Fractional Ownership

  • The appeal: Fractional ownership essentially lowers the cost of access: Why buy a mountainside villa in Aspen for $3 million that you use just a few weeks a year, when for about $500,000 you can own a piece of similar property? Fractionals allow your costs to more closely correspond to your actual usage of the home.
  • Value: Fractionals are not timeshares, which have a fairly sordid reputation since buyers have sometimes faced big losses when selling or been unable to resell at all. By contrast, fractional resale prices so far have tracked local real-estate prices more closely. That’s because they are located in sought-after communities where demand remains high, and it can cost millions of dollars to buy a similar property via whole ownership.
  • Who’s buying: People who want the cachet of a second home with luxury amenities and services, and who don’t want the expense and hassle of full ownership.
  • What you get: Essentially, you own a slice of a particular piece of real estate, giving access to a home for anywhere from one month to 13 weeks annually. The weeks you use the home can vary from year to year. T
  • Bonus: Like timeshares of old, fractionals often let owners exchange time at their resort for time at another property located in a different destination. These properties are always of comparable quality to the one owned.
  • Locations: Most fractionals are found in exclusive U.S. markets where whole ownership is so costly as to be prohibitive for most buyers. Examples are Aspen, Colorado; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
  • Price: Prices range from $58,500 for a studio at the Marriott Grand Residence in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, to more than $1.5 million at a new development Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is building in Aspen.
  • Resale: The resale market is nascent. Because these fractionals are more like upscale real estate than timeshares, their value tends to move with local real estate. A survey by Ragatz Associates, a resort-industry consulting firm, suggests that resales are getting 10% to 30% more than the original price.

Fractionals vs. Timeshares: Ten Differences and One Similarity

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At first glance, this seems quite logical and appealing.  Isn’t it nice to have these disparate ownership types classified under one all-inclusive category?
Isn’t it convenient for professionals in different areas of the vacation home industry to attend the same meetings, share ideas online and read the same publications?
While I appreciate the attractiveness of this new-found togetherness, I’ll pass on the opportunity to sing kumbaya.
Fractional ownership, I believe, is significantly different from timeshare and must be clearly distinguished from it in order to maximize sales success.
The reason, simply and bluntly, is that significant numbers of buyers still figuratively “runs for the hills” at the mere suggestion that a property may be a “timeshare.”  (The reason will be discussed shortly.)
I write this reluctantly and with apologies to my numerous friends active in timeshare and to the industry leaders who have labored long and hard over the decades to improve timeshare’s public image.  I believe that a negative attitude toward timeshare is no longer justified; nevertheless, it continues, regrettably, to exist in the mind of some potential purchasers.
For this reason, fractional ownership has everything to lose and nothing to gain by being identified as “shared ownership” or as “timeshare.”
To clarify some of the major distinctions between the two property types, let’s examine some objective differences between fractional ownership and timeshare:
1. Number of owners per unit.
Timeshare is designed to have fifty-two owners per unit.  Fractional properties have about sixteen to four owners per unit.
2. Ranges of owner vacation use per year.
Timeshare owners usually purchase one week of use per year or sometimes a package of two weeks. (Owners on a budget may choose to vacation for one week every other year.)
Fractional owners enjoy from about three to twelve weeks of vacation use per year.
3. Differences in the atmosphere between fractional ownership and timeshare properties.
With about fifty-two owners per residence, timeshare properties will experience considerably more traffic and more wear and tear.
With fewer owners per residence, fractional properties offer a more relaxed vacation experience.  There is far less hustle and bustle from transient vacationers arriving and departing. Also, service is more personalized, since the staff can get to know owners better.
4. Differences in household income of fractional vs. timeshare owners.
The minimum qualifying household income for timeshare starts at about $75,000.
The minimum qualifying household income for fractional properties is about $150,000.  (This is approximately in the top five per cent of American households.)
For private residence clubs, minimum qualifying household income is about $250,000.  (This is approximately in the top two per cent of American households.)
The significant differences in household income result in a clientele for fractional ownership that is distinctly different from the clientele for timeshare.
The fractional clientele is more demanding.   The owners want what they want when they want it.  They require very high levels of quality and personalized service.  They value on their precious vacation time and are willing to pay for the convenience of having others serve them.
5. Differences in quality level between fractional ownership and timeshare properties.
Most fractional properties tend to have a better location within the resort, a higher level of construction and furniture, fixtures and equipment as well as more amenities and services than most timeshares.
Since owners of fractional properties have a larger financial stake in their property and higher disposable household income, they have the motive and means to keep their property in good repair.
6. Differences in numbers of total units in fractional vs. timeshare properties.
Timeshare developments tend to be large—sometimes in the hundreds of units.
Fractional developments don’t often exceed fifty units.  As a result, vacations at fractional properties feel more intimate, personalized and exclusive.
7. Differences in purchase motives of fractional vs. timeshare buyers.
Timeshare purchasers are often motivated more by vacation exchange opportunities than by the particular property to which they have a deeded week.  They may feel little loyalty to the property where they just happened to enter the exchange network.
Fractional owners have usually visited the resort or city where they own their property a number of times prior to purchasing.  They think of their fractional property as their second home, and have feelings of loyalty to it and to the area.
Nevertheless, many fractional owners appreciate the potential of not being tied exclusively to vacationing at their own property.  They are now willing to participate in fractional vacation exchanges offered by several companies—IF the exchanged properties can meet or exceed the quality level of what they own.
8. Differences in the Unique Selling Proposition of fractional ownership vs. timeshare.
Timeshare is offered as a smart, money-saving alternative to hotel stays and vacation rentals.  It is also a way to insulate buyers against inflation in the future cost of vacations.  Timeshare makes vacationing possible for people who would otherwise have been unable to afford yearly vacations.
Fractional ownership is offered as a smart, money-saving alternative to whole ownership. Purchasers buy only the amount of vacation use that they can realistically enjoy and pay only a fraction of the acquisition price and annual upkeep.
In some instances, fractional ownership enables purchasers to own a higher quality property than would have been possible with whole ownership.  Or, fractional ownership makes possible the acquisition of multiple vacation homes at dissimilar destination resorts.
In many cases, fractional buyers present the same economic profile as whole ownership buyers.
9. Differences in resale potential between fractional ownership and timeshare.

Purchasing a timeshare is in a way like taking title to a new car.  The car loses value the moment you drive it out of the showroom.  Similarly, timeshares, if they can be resold at all, tend to depreciate.
Timeshares, in general, do not hold their original market value.  The substantial marketing and sales expenses incurred in selling a single residential unit fifty-two times—which may amount to 50% of the original price—are passed on to purchasers.  When these purchasers try to resell, these marketing and sales costs do not translate on the open market into real estate value.
In addition, the vast numbers of essentially similar timeshares offered for sale must compete for purchasers not only against each other, but also against new product that comes on to the market.
Fractional ownership, on the other hand, is similar to deeded ownership of one’s primary residence.  Historically, fractional ownership properties have proven to perform at resale like whole ownership vacation real estate in their local market.  In fact, in some cases, fractional ownership resale values have out-performed those of whole ownership properties.
Purchasers of fractional ownership obviously seek to enjoy the vacation use of their property.  However, they also expect it to hold its value and appreciate over time.  This is a key reason why buyers who wantan investment in real estate prefer fractional ownership and turn away from timeshare properties.
10. Differences in the public image of timeshare vs. fractional ownership.
In the 1960s and 1970s timeshares in the United States had a bad reputation because some developers over-promised and under-delivered.  In addition, high-pressure sales tactics put off many people.
To remedy the situation, all states passed stringent disclosure and other consumer-protection regulations.  Also, the timeshare industry’s professional organization, ARDA, adopted a code of business ethics for its members.
In the 1980s, when major national hotel brands such as Hilton and Marriott entered the industry, they improved the quality of the timeshare experience, legitimized it and lent their credibility to it.
Nevertheless, in the minds of some people today, timeshare has not entirely lost its stigma.
Fractional ownership, on the other hand, is burdened by none of this baggage.
In the United States, it started in the 1980s, primarily in New England and Canadian ski areas, then it spread in the 1990s to western United States ski areas. Toward the end of the twentieth century, national luxury hotel companies, such as Ritz-Carleton and Four Seasons entered the industry, thus adding the power of their branding to fractional ownership.
Around the same time, the fractional jet and yacht industries ran successful advertising campaigns that persuaded consumers that it was smart to share ownership of super-luxury possessions.  The word fractional became associated with glamor, luxury and living the lifestyles of the rich and famous.   So, the fractional industry took off (no pun intended) both figuratively and literally.
And what is the one similarity between fractional ownership and timeshare?
The inconvenient truth is that legally both fractional ownership and timeshare just happen to be defined as “shared ownership” in just about every country in the world and fall under the same or similar rules and regulations.
Now, it seems to me that people who want luxury vacations and a real estate investment need to understand that fractional ownership is the name of what they want.  After all, why should the tail (i.e. a shared legal definition) wag the dog (i.e. the luxury vacation experience and solid real estate value)?
So, how should a sales person respond to a customer asking, “Is this a timeshare?”  How about this answer:
“Are you thinking about resale value?” [Answer, “Yes”]
“Then, you’ll be pleased to know that fractional ownership offers a deed similar to that of your primary home.  You can resell your fractional property through real estate brokers, and resale values typically follow values of whole ownership properties.  Is this something that interests you?”
The bottom line:  Fractional ownership vs. timeshare.
The ten objective dissimilarities outlined above between fractional ownership and timeshare are valid points of difference.
And, the one similarity in legal treatment seems rather minor relative to the quality of vacation experience and real estate investment that fractional ownership offers.
So, let’s stop calling fractional ownership “timeshare” or even “shared ownership.”  Technically, they both may be fruit, but the experience of each is different.  And let’s end this needless confusion and silly discussion once and for all!

Yachting Seasons

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Superyacht Seasons

Superyacht seasons are like the ebb and flow of the ocean and they follow the same pattern, year in year out. Superyachts travel to many exotic and exclusive destinations around the world but the main two areas are the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Depending on the time of year you choose to look for your dream job on a yachts will ultimately decide where to base yourself. Timing is everything, so be sure you know where you are going and when the best time to travel to your chosen continent.

The Mediterranean Season – Europe

The Mediterranean Superyacht Season is usually referred to as the ‘Med’ season, which is in the European summer and the months leading up to it and after. The yachting season begins around May or June and ends around September or October.  Some yachts begging to hire crew for the season as early as March or April. This allows time for training for new crew members and will give them time to settle into their new working lifestyle at sea and to see how they fit in with the existing crew.

There are Superyachts and marinas all over the coast of Italy, France and Spain, but to make the most of your resources the best places to base yourself in the ‘Med’ to find work is in Antibes in the South of France or Palma de Mallorca in Spain. Both of these locations are the ‘hub’ cities for Superyachts and they contain most of the crew agents you will need to visit to get your foot in the door.


Antibes is the main Superyacht hub in France, where most of the Crew Agents for Europe are located. Its a beautiful and historic port, rich with culture, located between Monaco, where the Formula One Grand Prix occurs, and Cannes, which hosts the International Film Fesitval.
Palma de Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca is the main city and seaport located on the island of Majorca. It is the Superyacht hub for Spain and the Spanish Islands. Other nearby islands include Ibiza, Minorca and Formentera.

The Caribbean Season – USA

The winter Superyacht seasons in yachting take place in the Caribbean but due to the warmer weather there, potential and existing crew may be able to find work all year round. The season begins around September or October and typically ends March or April. Many yachts move north to places like Newport, Rhode Island for the summer (May – September), so if you are not keen on going to Europe after the season you will be sure to find work here. Most of the crew agents for this part of the world are located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, which is close to Miami.

Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale is a large city located in the US state of Florida. It is sometimes known as the “Venice of America”, because of its expansive and intricate canal system. The city is the major Superyacht centre for the USA, with over 100 marinas and boatyards.
Miami is a multi cultural city and it has a very large Cuban and Latin American population. Here you will find many cultures blended together in an exciting melting pot. This is a must see destination for any Superyacht crew member.
Caribbean Islands
The Caribbean Sea is without question a Superyacht Shrangri-La. Stretching more than 2,500 miles from east to west this azure blue stretch of ocean features more than 7000 islands, reefs, islets, cays and 500 years of history.

When to go yachting over the year?

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The Mediterranean season normally kicks off in April/May, with some yachts crewing up earlier than that. The boats will typically start to head over to the Caribbean from September onwards, many attending the Ft. Lauderdale boat show at the end of October, or the Antigua and show in December.
The seasons are approximately four to five months long. The remaining months are typically used for yard periods and crewing up if need be.
It is difficult to say when exactly seasons start and finish, as each year is different. Hiring periods are generally quite broad, as there are some yachts who crew up early before the season gets going while others take on delivery crew for crossings and then crew up last minute on the other side.

Examining a Fractional Ownership

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Once upon time fractional ownership was called timeshare and it was something that people were conned into and regretted, but in recent years timeshare has been vamped up and received celebrity endorsement and is now referred to as fractional ownership.  However, is fractional ownership a good way to buy a property abroad or not?

Whether you’re for or against the concept of part owning a home overseas thanks to fractional ownership, we’re going to examine the pros and cons of this way of buying for you so that you can be armed with facts before you buy in or pooh pooh this concept altogether!

Tim Henman is the latest celebrity ‘face’ to be wheeled out and used to tout the benefits of fractional ownership because apparently he has bought into a development in France – but despite what the media (and property developers) think, we’re not all daft enough to be swayed by the power of celebrity.  So, to get past some of the hype and fluff, read on to learn what is good and what is not so good about part owning a home overseas.

We all know that the British passion is property – we are all obsessed with owning it, we all want to improve it and we just constantly harp on about the price of it – and it’s not just property at home in the UK that interests us any more, it’s property abroad as well.  But thanks to the devaluation of the pound and the crash in the British economy, few of us can afford to buy our dream home overseas anymore!  But, according to the likes of Zoe Dare-Hall who writes for the Telegraph’s property abroad pages, the solution comes in the form of fractional ownership…whereby instead of buying a whole home overseas you buy a share of one and can therefore use it for a set number of days or weeks a year.  Sounds very similar to timeshare doesn’t it?  Well, that’s because it is despite what everyone trying to flog the idea to you will tell you!  Anyway, moving on, here are the pros and cons of fractional ownership.

The Advantages of Owning a Part Share in a Property Abroad

You can afford to buy into a more luxurious property than you could afford to buy by yourself outright, therefore you may gain access to superior amenities and facilities as a result – and you buy yourself the right to a luxury holiday for a set term every single year.

Your share is saleable or transferable if you decide you no longer want it.  You have no management or maintenance worries with the property as it’s all taken care of by a management company – for a fee.  Apparently a purchase made in a luxurious fractional ownership development is an investment that can theoretically increase in value – however we’re not sure anyone can prove this…and finally, you can guarantee your holiday every year in a stunning location for a one off down payment on what some say is a lifestyle investment.

The Disadvantages of Fractional Ownership of Property Abroad

You have no real control over the property, you cannot change it, redecorate it, alter the furnishings and finishings…but there are those who will tell you that every fractional ownership property abroad is a luxurious one, so you might not need to make any changes.  However, personally I hate being told I can’t do something, and if you’re like me, fractional ownership’s restrictions on your own personal input into ‘your’ home may annoy you.

You are sharing your property with lots of usually unknown people, therefore there is a risk involved in that others may not be so careful with the property as you are, and this could be passed on to you in the form of higher annual management and maintenance charges.

Ultimately you don’t own the property – therefore you cannot benefit in the same way that you could if you bought your own home overseas, invested in it, improved it and then resold it for profit.  You are more restricted in terms of getting out of the deal often, this is because it is generally harder to sell a fraction than a whole.  And the bottom line is, aren’t you just buying a posher version of a timeshare?

The Global Yacht Charter Market

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The global yacht charter market was valued at US$ 35.0 Bn in 2014 and is expected to reach US$ 51.0 Bn by 2020, reflecting a CAGR of 6.5% during forecast period.

Eastern Europe is expected to exhibit the fastest growth as compared to other regions with CAGR of 7.2%. This growth is supported by rising disposable income of consumers and increasing number of yacht charter destinations. Other factors that are fueling the growth of yacht charter market are product innovation and technological advancement.

On the basis of product type, the global yacht market is segmented into motor and sailing yacht. The motor yacht is further sub-segmented on the basis of hull configuration into displacement, semi-displacement, catamaran, planing, and trimaran. Among the above mentioned sub segments, semi-displacement is expected to show fastest growth among all the yacht charter market segments at a CAGR of around 7.0% over the forecasted period. Trimaran sub-segment is expected to show below average growth rate in comparison to other sub-segments owing to the preference of consumers for other yacht types.

On the basis of rig configuration, the motor yacht segments is further sub-segmented into sloop, schooner, catamaran, and ketch. Sloop is expected to be the largest sub-segment in 2014 with market share of 43.3% followed by schooner with market share of 38%. Total global contribution of yacht charter is 6.7% by 2020.

Geographically, the market is sub-segmented into four regions namely North America, Latin America, Rest of Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific. Eastern Europe is expected to show maximum growth with CAGR of 7.2%. Among all these regions, Rest of Europe is the largest market in terms of revenue followed by Eastern Europe that contributed US$ 9.04 Bn in 2014. The growth of yacht charter market is supported by the increasing high tier population and rising time for leisure activities among consumers.

The Best Fractional Yacht Ownership Concept

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Saveene Group is in a pre-launch mode. We are taking fractional yacht ownership orders for the 2016 season. Our prices are the lowest in the industry for fractional yacht ownership bar none!

For 2016 season we are offering fractional ownership of our 80 foot Azimut pictured above. The yacht sails from Fort Lauderdale Florida. Starting in 2017 plans are to add a second vessel to cruise from Santa Barbara California.

Come visit us in our Boca Raton Florida location. We will discuss the various affordable options available for your very own fractional boat experience.

How to Buy a Boat

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So you’ve decided to buy your first boat. Congratulations! Because 2/3 of the earth’s surface is covered by water, your new boat will let you visit a lot more of the planet, much more than you can visit by car.

Unlike cars, however, recreational boats are not about simple transportation. Some people buy boats because they’ve made the decision to get away with family and friends and go to places where landlubbers can’t go. Lakes, bays, rivers, sounds, harbors, islands, and even oceans are suddenly available for your exploration when you own a boat.

Other people buy for the camaraderie– they want to join cruising clubs, yacht clubs, or fishing tournaments. Still others like to try their hands at recreational racing and high-performance boating. Whatever your reason for buying a boat, you are making a lifestyle choice, and this guide will help you get the most out of the experience while avoiding some pitfalls in the process.

Step 1 – What’s Your Type?

Your first step is to determine the type of boat that will suit your needs, and that is based on how you plan to use the boat. There are three main boating activities: cruising, fishing, and watersports. While many boats can be used for two or even all three activities, the chart below shows the type of boat and its primary use.

Cruising Fishing Watersports
Bowrider Bass boat Personal Watercraft
Deck boat Flats boat Bowrider/sportboat
Pontoon boat Center Console Ski boat
High-Performance Cuddy Cabin/Walkaround Wakeboard boat
Express Cruiser Open Express (combi) Jet boat
Trawler Convertible/Sportfisherman Inflatable
Motoryacht Jon boat

Cruising boats are designed for entertaining guests while delivering good performance. Some are day-only boats, such as bowriders, while others offer cabins and overnighting capabilities, such as express cruisers and motoryachts. Decide if you will use your boat for day-boating or overnighting.

Fishing boats are designed with open cockpits in the back of the boat to maximize the deck space needed for fishing. As a result, there is less seating and smaller accommodations on a fishing boat than there are on a cruising boat. Like cruising boats, larger fishing boats also provide cabins for overnighting and extended fishing trips.

Watersports boats are designed for those who want to waterski, wakeboard, and tow toys at speed. Some of these boats are very sophisticated and recommended only for experienced watersports enthusiasts, so for that reason we recommend the bowrider/sportboat, jet boat, or basic waterski boat as your entry point into the watersports area.

Step 2 – Size Matters

The size of the boat is an important consideration. The bigger the boat the more features it usually has, including cabins, galleys (kitchens), heads (toilet areas), and so on. The downside to bigger boats is they have more systems to understand and operate, and they may not be trailerable, and of course, they also cost more, both to buy and to operate. When you’re first getting started in boating you want the experience to be as fun and easy as possible. For that reason, we recommend your first boat be no larger than 22-24 feet, but make sure any boat you buy is certified to carry all the passengers and gear you plan to bring aboard. Even if you’re itching to buy that 35-foot cream puff — start small, if only for 6 months.