Tips for Boat Buying

Industry Experts Share Insider Tips for Boat Buying

Discover Boating Offers Advice for Selecting the Right Boat, Financing for Every BudgetThe $30.4 billion dollar boating industry saw nearly 75 million American adults take to the water in 2010, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the industry's trade group.

Prospective boaters interested in why life is better with a boat can start at DiscoverBoating.com to learn how to find the right boat for their needs.

"There are a few key elements to purchasing a boat, including the who, what, when and where," said Carl Blackwell, vice president of the North American non-profit organization, Discover Boating.
"First-time boat buyers may run into common misconceptions, so it's important to do the research first to gather as many facts as possible to make the right decision for their needs – Discover Boating helps them do just that." With boats for every lifestyle and budget on the market, first-time buyers should do their homework before shopping.

DiscoverBoating.com offers the following advice for those looking to take to the water:

Determine what, where and who. When deciding on a boat, ask yourself what you want to do with it— fishing, waterskiing or cruising? Where will you be boating—lake, river or ocean? Who will be joining you?
Research has shown most people get involved in boating to spend quality time with family and friends, and nearly 90 percent of Americans live within an hour's drive of a navigable body of water. Do your homework. The best place to shop for boats is at a boat show. Prior to attending a boat show, stroll around a marina and go boating with friends to find out more about the types of boats, brands and models that meet your needs and desires. DiscoverBoating.com is an unbiased resource offering tips and information on all boat categories, as well as financing, insurance and a calendar of boat shows. Find the ideal boat/dealer combination.

Select the dealer that goes the extra mile, offering the best deal and ensuring first-rate service after the sale. Depending on the season, ask for a "test-drive" to experience first-hand how the boat performs in the water. Like car shopping, test-driving several boat types and sizes will help you make a selection.

Build a budget. According to the NMMA, 79 percent of boat owners have a household income under $100,000. There are brands and price points to fit every budget, so determine how much you want to spend before actively looking, and the dealer can recommend models in your price range.

Hone your skills. Complete a boater education course with family members before the boat is launched. Everyone will have more fun with confidence in their abilities as "smart boaters."
Boating safety and seamanship courses are offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or the U.S. Power Squadron.
Classes are typically free, aside from the cost of materials, and can help reduce boat insurance prices.
Find the Seal of Approval.
Prospective buyers should look closely at more than a price tag when shopping for a new boat. Find the NMMA Certified label, which ensures the boat meets strict industry product quality standards.

[Courtesy of DiscoverBoating.com]

Discover Boating is a national awareness campaign developed by the North American recreational boating industry and managed by the industry's trade group, the National Marine Manufacturers Association. Discover Boating programs focus on improving the boating experience and building interest in recreational boating by providing a resource for Americans to explore the benefits, affordability and accessibility of the boating lifestyle.


Ferretti Custom Line 100'

In London the Ferretti Custom Line 100' was awarded the prestigious Motor Boat of The Year 2012 prize in the "Custom Yacht Award" category. The prize was awarded by the publishing group IPC Media, an authoritative point of reference for the international nautical industry. The Motor Boat of the Year award, annually elects boats with the most exclusive designs, with excellent performance and the latest technological innovations.


The winners were selected by a committee of experts made up of journalists from Motor Boats Monthly and Motor Boat&Yachting.

This is the second prize awarded within a few months to this new model of the Ferretti Custom Line is: at the Cannes Nautical Boat Show, in September 2011, the Custom Line 100' was awarded the Best Layout in the Flying Bridge category over 24 metres.

Created from the close collaboration of Studio Zuccon International Project, the AYT - Advanced Yacht Technology, the naval research and design centre of the Ferretti Group, and the team of architects and designers from Centro Stile Ferretti Group, Ferretti Custom Line 100' embodies the construction and project design experience of the Shipyard which, on the one hand combines sporty design and technology, and on the other hand combines innovative design solutions and comfort, striking a perfect balance. Ferretti Custom Line 100' is part of the Custom Line, alongside the 124', 112' NEXT and 97' models.

Externally the Ferretti Custom Line 100' is immediately striking for its geometric and modern lines, which give it a very sporty profile. The overall image is that of great lightness, thanks to the presence of a continuous large window that extends from the aft of the main deck to the dashboard, which is raised and linked to the external fly, and which has large triangular windows on both walls, towards the bow. The right wall has a foldable saxboard, and at the ship owner's request, it is possible to install a system of electrical sliding glass doors, to directly access the terrace overlooking the sea from the saloon. The interiors are modern and valuable materials are the main protagonists: teak floors, walnut wood with milled leather and LED panels: in fact, for this model, the Shipyard has created technical lighting which is inbuilt in this boat layout in order to obtain lights that best characterize some of the internal areas, providing comfort and relaxation. These elements create an innovative mixture, based on the Ship owner's desires. In fact, like the rest of the Ferretti Custom Line range, on board the 100', every non-structural detail, such as the furniture, fabrics and the décor can be customized by the Ship owner who, with the help of the architects and the designers of Centro Stile, can take up the offers of the best Italian and International companies to create a tailor-made yacht. The engines on board also guarantee the best performance and comfort: the cruising speed is 24 knots while the maximum speed reaches 26 knots. As regards safety and comfort equipment, on board the Custom Line 100' there are solutions of the latest generation: the yacht is equipped with an anti-roll stability Mitsubishi ARG (Anti Rolling Gyro), capable of reducing boat rolling by over 50%, which is the greatest cause of discomfort especially while in transit or in port.

"Winning another prestigious award, is a reason of great satisfaction for Custom Line and it confirms to the whole Group the quality of the work that has been done over these years." - Norberto Ferretti, Chairman and Founder of the Ferretti Group commented. "I am particularly fond of the Ferretti Custom Line, with whom we have just launched three new models, renovating half of the fleet and remaining faithful as always to the principles of this brand: combining design, comfort and performance so that the Ship Owner can experience the sea in 'custom' version."


Suspected arson at Alimos marina

A large fire that broke out at the marina in Alimos, south of Athens, at around 3.30 on Friday and destroyed seven luxury yachts, is being treated as arson by police. The targeted vessels, which had been moored next to each other along the marina, were quickly ravaged as the blaze was fueled by flammable liquids that had been aboard, fire service workers said, adding that noone had been injured. Several of the yachts subsquently sunk. The marina supervisor said he saw flames appear simultaneously on two vessels and quickly spread to the other boats.
[Source Ap/ Kathimerini



photos: Skipper ONDECK

ORC Sailor Services features 5 new languages

ORC Sailor Services features five new languages, 2012 ratings, and free certificate copies

The Offshore Racing Congress announces that its innovative user-friendly access to the rating system, ORC Sailor Services, will now feature translations of its services and functions in German, Spanish, Italian, Croatian and Greek to better serve a large segment of the ORC community. Other languages are going to be offered soon, including French, Portuguese and Japanese.

Sailor Services will also now offer to registered users free copies of the nearly 20,000 ORC International and ORC Club certificates issued in over 40 countries since 2009.

And now that beta testing has concluded by the International Technical Committee, new certificate copies and test certificates issued by Sailor Services will be run using the new 2012 ORC VPP

"We're very pleased to offer these new features to the offshore racing community," says Bruno Finzi, Chairman of ORC. "It furthers our mission to deliver the best rating system in the world to the largest audience in the most transparent and accessible manner possible."

Since its introduction nearly a year ago, Sailor Services has been used by nearly 1200 users in 15 countries for access to copies of issued certificates, but also to run test certificates using measurements taken from over 55,000 measurement records available over the past 20 years from boats with issued IMS, ORC Club and/or ORC International certificates.

For only €10 each, users can run a test certificate on their boat or any boat in this system from a measurement file with an editable parameter of interest, such as sail size, rig configuration, or crew weight. Effects on rating due to hull or appendage changes cannot be examined, as the offset files cannot be changed and remain secure in the ORC database. For these changes the user must contact their designer or their local rating office.

Test certificates are, however, not meant to replace valid certificates issued by an ORC rating authority, and are therefore not valid for racing.

"This is an outstanding service not only to the boat owners, who are exploring simple changes to their sails or rigging or crew, but also to the more knowledgeable users, like official measurers, who can examine quickly and directly online the effect of their measurements on a boat's certificate," says Nicola Sironi, Chief Measurer for ORC.

For more information on ORC rules, events and rating services, visit www.orc.org, and for more information about ORC Sailor Services, visit www.orc.org/sailorservices.


Sunseeker 28 meter

New Sunseeker 28 Metre Yacht

The 2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show, opened on Friday 6th January with the glamorous Tamara Ecclestone drawing in the crowds to the Sunseeker stand just before the official Sunseeker launch. Tamara posed for a photo call on the new Sunseeker 28 Metre Yacht which made its world debut along with the Predator 53. The 2 new Sunseeker models were officially launched by Sunseeker President Robert Braithwaite CBE who was joined by the talented electric string quartet Asteria. This years Sunseeker stand has a total of fourteen Sunseeker motoryachts on display at the show, with the Sunseeker stand being the biggest to date.



2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show




Sessa C 44 IPS

Sessa Marine C44 IPS
Hydraulic bathing deck and customizable cockpit

During the last Genoa Boat Show, SESSA MARINE presented one of his novelties for the season: the brand new C44. Amazing evolution of the C43, the C44 project originates from the desire to offer an even more comprehensive and comfortable version.


Safety and sportsmanship are the two keywords describing the C44. Driven by two VOLVO PENTA IPS 500 or 600 engines, the new C44 has a variable V bottom guaranteeing outstanding seaworthiness and a gentle ride even in rough seas.

Made using vinylester resins forming a highly effective barrier against osmosis and multiaxial fibreglass with its fibres arranged to reinforce the laminates of the hull, this kind of bottom offers an excellent guarantee of safety. Once again SESSA MARINE prefers a dependable VOLVO PENTA engine, choosing IPS technology and counting on all its recognised qualities: reduction of CO2 emissions, lower consumption, 50% less noise, outstanding manoeuvrability and safety Brand new, the hydraulic bathing deck with a capacity of 600kg and a surface of 3,15 x 1,05m , it's perfect for easily accommodating and aunching a 2,3m tender, besides for playing or for tanning moments.

SPORTY VERSION: offers a single lounge with tender garage under the large rear sunbed.

Space is organised for maximum practicality in a highly original cockpit layout: the tender garage is replaced by a generously proportioned second sofa with a table that can easily be transformed into a sundeck, while the tender or seatoys may be conveniently stored on the stern bridge.

The captain's station is certainly noticeable with its metallic gold sheen, Christian Grande's unmistakeable touch, with a line inspired by the latest sports cars and its high-tech navigation: GPS E 120W ; VHF Raymarine, autopilot, cockpit and engine room camera, antenna TV, etc. Moreover, has a large roof opening and a side window to the right of the wheelhouse, providing good ventilation for the cockpit. At the prow, we can find the same equipment of the biggest yacht: audio system, holders and storage space all around the big sun pad: 2,00 X 1,90m.


Lenght overall – m 14,00
Beam - m 3,99
Engine max – 2 x IPS 500 o 600
People on board - 12
Water tank – 265 l
Fuel tank - 2x 450 l
Black water – 95 l




Tara Oceans Expedition


Etienne Bourgois provides an up-date on the Tara Oceans Expedition: the program for the coming months before the return to Lorient, the missions and future of Tara. 

What is unique about the Tara Oceans expedition?  

For nearly 3 years Tara has been sailing around the world studying plankton, using the same instruments, the same protocols, involving the same laboratories. This is extremely rare for a scientific expedition.  And this type of mission will be increasingly difficult to organize  because authorisations to sample water are complicated to obtain. The world's oceans are  becoming  economic and political stakes.

What would you say is Tara's primary objective?

It's essential to conduct scientific research in order to understand and prepare for the long-term impact of climate change. Besides being a  research base for scientists, our environmental approach is very important.

Do you and Eric Karsenti work together to direct the expedition ?

Tara Oceans has created a team of 200 people of 35 different nationalities, making for an incredibly rich diversity of experience. These 200 people are constantly exchanging information, each person competent in his own field. It's an extraordinary human adventure.   Eric and I are the 'movers', the catalysts of this group.We are not at all dictatorial. 

How is Tara doing since the dry dock repairs in San Diego?

We had to replace the sails in San Diego, which was not foreseen.We're going to have the old sails examined since they actually wore out much faster than expected. We also had to take apart the boat to change a motor during our last stopover in California. (Tara has 3 motors: 2 on board, while one remains on land being repaired.) We've also noticed considerable loss of  electrical power. Despite these problems, Tara has been able continue this expedition for a long time because the crew is taking such good care of her. I thank the sailors who spend a lot of energy on this.

The scientific equipment has had no problems; nothing has been lost, and the quality of the samples is excellent. Our team is extremely experienced, and we can now organize stations even when the sea is rough.  

Only 100 days until Tara's return to France. What will the high points be, from now until the end of March?

Tara just passed through the Panama Canal and is back in the Atlantic Ocean. We're starting on our way home. But we're not there yet. Weather conditions will certainly be difficult on the voyage to Lorient. The boat and crew will be subjected to real thermal shock! We'll sail across the Gulf of Mexico where we'll do some well-targeted sampling stations in function of  pollution from the oil spill. Then we'll stopover in Savannah (USA) and New York (USA). New York will be an important stopover since many conferences are scheduled there. I'll be present along with Eric Karsenti, Romain Troublé (director of operations), and the principle scientific coordinators. 

Afterwards Tara will head for Bermuda, then the Açores, before returning to Lorient on March 31st. A huge celebration is being prepared for the occasion.

What are the plans for Tara in 2012?

The expedition will not be over when the boat returns. In 2012, we will voyage in France and report on the mission, docking first in Lorient, then in Brest and Paris.We'll share our experiences with the many students who have followed our voyage, and of course with the general public, and scientists.

When Tara returns to home port, a special edition of our journal will be published in French, English and Japanese. Michel Temman will be the editor, and Loulou Picasso the illustrator.  A film featuring Tara -- "Planet Ocean » -- by Yann Arthus Bertrand and Michael Pitiot, will come out in June.

And then?

The next 3 years are being planned now, so it's too soon to discuss specific projects. But we can confirm that Tara will continue pursuing environmental missions. And let's not forget that the boat was designed for polar research.

What was your greatest frustration during this mission?

I can no longer look at Tara in those paradisical landscapes on my computer. I've reached my limit...But seriously, changing Tara's itinerary last March was a very difficult decision to make, but it was definitely the right decision. We regret that Tara didn't get to Tokyo or Hong Kong, but I'm sure we'll have another occasion to go there. 

What are the broad environmental themes that concern you most right now?

Unfortunately the economic crisis has taken precedence over environmental awareness. I'll take this opportunity to thank our partners who continue to support us in this difficult period: agnes b. Fund, Veolia Environmental Foundation, EDF DiversiTerre Foundation, Region of Brittany, Cap l'Orient, World Courier, Albert II of Monaco Foundation, CNRS, EMBL,  CEA, Genoscope, French National Marine, customs services, and all our partners.  
Planet Earth is getting warmer. 2011 was the warmest year ever recorded in France.  The environment is a global cause that concerns us all. Unless the general public and young people are mobilized, the situation will be very difficult. The Earth's population will soon be 9 billion, with risks of instabilty caused by famine, humanitarian crises, shortage of water. France could be a leader in trying to resolve these problems, but unfortunately doesn't seem to make that a priority.

What wishes for 2012 do you send to our followers via internet?

A happy new year to everyone. Please participate in our efforts by supporting us!  Contributing to Tara (and other non-profit organizations) can help change the world! And be sure to vote!

Next stop for Tara : Savannah (USA). T°air : 25,2°C. T°sea : 26,9°C. Wind : NE, 30 knts