Boat & Yacht Sea Trials

Apr 10, 2024 | boat shopping, boats, yachting | 0 comments

If you’re considering buying a boat or yacht, it’s highly recommended that you take it for a sea trial first. Why? Seeing a yacht while it’s docked or in a showroom isn’t the same as understanding its performance. A sea trial provides a perfect opportunity to experience how the vessel operates at cruising speed, check for vibrations, practice hard turns, and ride through rough waters.

Here’s how to get the most out of the experience:

  • Only ask a broker or dealer for a sea trial when you’ve pretty much made up your mind. In some cases, the seller may require a 10% deposit before a sea trial.
  • If you’re buying new, you might take a demonstration model out for the sea trial. In this case, be sure that you’re comparing apples to apples! Confirm that the engine has the same power and that other specifications match.
  • Remember that when you take a boat or yacht out, it may not be as loaded as when you’re heading out on a voyage. The weight of supplies, guests, and possibly crew can significantly impact performance. When you’re taking the boat for a trial run, consider the speed, how it handles under different conditions, and if the fuel economy meets your expectations. Consult the owner’s manual for the recommended maximum RPM, then compare it to what you experience when you go top speed.
  • Take note of safety features. It’s important to know when you’re checking your yacht insurance coverage rates before you make an offer. What safety features are included, and what’s missing?
  • Regarding speed, remember to check how fast the vessel can go and how she handles it at a minimum planning speed. You’ll want to determine how well you can control it at variable speeds.
  • Check all the electronics on board, especially if they are pre-owned. Everything should power on correctly, and the screen visibility should be adequate, whether it’s dark outside or a lot of glare from sunshine. Test everything to make sure it works correctly.
  • Investigate other elements. What is the visibility like from the helm? Open and shut cupboards and storage areas to see if things stick or latch properly. Similarly, check how windows, doors, and skylights open and shut in case there are any issues. Take a look at the cabins while you’re out on the water and see if everything is quiet and smooth or if the passenger areas are comfortable.

 

If you’re unhappy after the sea trial, trust your instincts and keep looking. If you are satisfied with the experience, determine if a vessel survey is appropriate. Only make an offer if you can see yourself enjoying many voyages without regrets. If you’re ready to make an offer, check yacht insurance coverage rates before you buy. Contact the yacht insurance professionals at Global Marine Insurance for a boat or yacht insurance quote.

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Boat Shopping During COVID-19

Pricing Your Yacht to Sell

Yacht Purchase Mistakes

Boat Auction Tips

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