Dinghies Versus Yachts – What’s The Right Boat To Learn To Sail?

Posted on November 11, 2014 by under Buying A Boat, Dinghy Sailing, Sailing

Looking out on the ocean on a typical day you’ll see a huge variety of sailing boats on the water. If you cut out motorboats, rowing boats, kite surfers and windsurfers, and only focus on sailing boats there are two major types you will see – the dinghy and the yacht. Broadly speaking, dinghies are […]

What Is The Ideal First Boat For Someone Learning To Sail?

Posted on August 20, 2014 by under Buying A Boat, Sailing, Sailing Courses

When it comes to learning to sail it would be easy to assume that someone would start off small, and slowly work their way up to a larger vessel. While this can make sense in that an amateur shouldn’t be left with something they cannot handle, finding the best boat to learn in can depend […]

19 Essential Checks When Buying a Second Hand Boat

Posted on March 24, 2014 by under Buying A Boat

Before you can sail away in the used boat of your dreams, there are a host of structural and technical areas you should examine, to avoid being financially drained by repair work in the long term. The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) strongly recommends you employ a marine surveyor before committing to a purchase, so that […]

How to Buy a Second Hand Boat

Posted on March 21, 2014 by under Buying A Boat

Owning a boat is a real joy, and the rewards are many – exhilaration, relaxation, experience, romance, and endless incredible memories. But boat ownership requires time, money and patience.   Your sights – and budget – may be set on a small trailer-able boat, or you may have the time and funds for a traditional […]

How to Buy a Yacht The Smart Way

Posted on May 2, 2013 by under Buying A Boat, Sailing

A yacht obviously sits towards the upper-end of boating purchases. Not everyone can afford one, and not everyone would want one – but if a yacht is for you, we’re here to help. Buying a sailing yacht requires a little more forethought than smaller boats – prices are often orders-of-magnitude higher, and vary widely according […]

Advice On Buying A Second Hand Motor Boat

Posted on February 15, 2013 by under Buying A Boat, Powerboat Courses

Few things can rival the thrill of slicing through the open water in your own motor boat, and as far as boats go they’re one of the easiest to operate. Of course, there’s a whole lot of mechanics to think about, but aside from that they’re a popular choice for both relative beginners and old […]

Do You Need A Boat Licence In The UK?

Posted on January 31, 2013 by under Buying A Boat, RYA

I’ve come across a number of people recently who have been a little confused about the concept of boat licences in the UK, and who have found a good deal of contradictory information and advice online. So I thought it would be helpful today to clear up the confusion and explain what the rules and […]

4 Common Boating Assumptions Which Are WRONG

Posted on November 28, 2012 by under Buying A Boat, Sailing, Sailing Training Courses

It’s surprising just how many misconceptions and misunderstandings there are regarding sailing and boating. It’s a great shame really because it’s often only because of these misunderstandings and incorrect assumptions that more people don’t get the chance to enjoy this incredible pastime or lifestyle. Often people are put off the idea of sailing simply because […]

How To Buy A Second Hand Boat Without Being Sunk

Posted on October 13, 2012 by under Buying A Boat

For anyone looking to buy their first boat, buying a second hand boat is a sound idea, because whilst in theory the whole idea of owning a boat and heading out whenever the fancy takes you sounds great, the reality doesn’t always match up for everyone. Buying a second hand boat means that you’re not […]