The Different Types of Yacht Propulsion: Benefits and Drawbacks

In this article I will review the different types of propulsion found in yachts and the benefits of each.  This will help to understand why certain yachts have the powertrain they do. 1. Straight Shaft Inboard 2. V-Drive Inboard 3. Jet Drive 4. Surface Drive 5. Pod Drive 1. Straight Shaft Inboard Illustration of a Straight […]

Different Types of Yachts Explained

In this article, I hope to dispel the confusion surrounding the categories of yachts that exist and explain what each means.  There is definitely a lot of overlap in the categories or “types” out there… The types below are put into these categories: 1. Express, Express Cruiser, Cruiser, Sports Cruiser 2. Flybridge, Sedan, Sedan Bridge, […]

Buying A Pre-Owned Yacht

In this article you will learn the steps involved when purchasing a Yacht available for sale as a brokered (pre-owned) boat. This is a basic guide and cannot act as a substitute for a trained and knowledgeable broker, but will give you an understanding of the process. Step 1. Finding the Right Type, Make and […]

Why Use a Professional Yacht Broker?

Boat transactions usually involve large financial investments. Transactions today usually exceed $500,000, and in some instances can exceed $5,000,000. If you had a $500,000 income tax problem, would you attempt to handle it without the help of a CPA? If you had a $500,000 legal question, would you deal with it without the help of […]

Finding the Right Crew for Your Yacht- Part 2

In Part 1 of this series we explored some example crew setups throughout the yacht size range from 58ft to 150+ft…which can be from 1 to 7+ crew total.  How many and what type of crew works best for you is largely dependent on the level of service and care you want for both yourself […]

Finding the Right Crew for Your Yacht- Part 1

So you have made the decision to get into yachting…great!  Yachting is a pastime that can provide you, your friends and family with truly unforgettable life experiences.  For the select few that have the financial capability to enjoy yachting it can provide the utmost in quality time, relaxation and adventure. Two of the most often […]

The Hatteras GT45x (45 Express)

This amazing new addition to the Hatteras line is raising the bar for what we would expect in an express sportfish.  She has the raw performance and seakeeping ability of her Cabo predecessors, but the table manners and fit and finish of the finest Hatteras Yachts. Having sea trialed her myself multiple times I was highly […]

Gyro Stabilizers and Fin Stabilizers, What you Need to Know

Both Gyro and Fin Stabilizers are a great way to reduce the rolling and pitching on a yacht.  Having this technology onboard will make cruising and time at anchor more enjoyable, especially for those that are prone to motion sickness. Image of a Seakeeper Gyro Stabilizer What is a Gyro Stabilizer? It is a computer controlled gyroscope, which […]

Caterpillar Three60 Precision Control, Making Maneuvering a Breeze

CAT Three60 Precision Control Electronic Levers and Joystick Are you looking at purchasing a new yacht and weighing out what propulsion system would be best for you?  The Caterpillar Three60 Precision Control system is definitely worth considering if you want the ultimate in docking, slow speed control and position holding capability.  These traits have in the past few years become synonymous […]

Pod Drives in Yachts: Volvo Penta IPS, Cummins Mercruiser Zeus and ZF Marine

There are currently 3 different manufacturers producing pod drives for recreational boat applications, Volvo Penta has IPS, Mercruiser has Zeus and ZF Marine has the ZF pod.  In this article I will explain each in hopes that you will have a better understanding of them and their primary applications. Volvo Penta IPS Volvo Penta was […]