The decision had been made to purchase a new Marlow Hunter 33 and the budget had been set. OK, now you know the boat you want! Find it and start negotiating.
A trip to the Miami Boat Show to see the new Marlow Hunter in the water was helpful. And, as a side benefit there were a few brokers there. So a broker was decided upon and a contact date and time was set.
Choosing a broker is also an important step. He/she must be knowledgeable AND he/she must be someone willing to spend time with you. If the broker has the “if you have to ask the cost, then you shouldn’t be buying a boat” attitude, then find another broker.
My broker was recently licensed but was part of a larger firm with lots of resources. She had been around boats for most of her life and was very energetic and helpful. She was aware of my bottom line, in the water number, and she was able to modify a Marlow Hunter special package to fit my needs and budget.
I had decided not to have an air conditioner installed because of the cost, and my priorities, and when one of the major partners in the brokerage heard about this, they decided to include the A/C at no cost. And I accepted!😃
I was more than pleased with the service I received from the brokerage firm that handled the sale of my new boat. The Sunday II.
After the decision has been made to purchase a boat, there are lots of things to do to get ready.
First and foremost, what is your total budget? You need to establish a bottom line amount that you are willing to spend on this purchase. This is basically the total amount you are going to give to the dealer/seller PLUS the amount you will need to spend after the boat is in the water, purchasing items to make the boat safe and sail-able.
Once you know your budget, these questions are a lot easier to answer: Size, sail or power, new or used, make and model? Again, there is a plethora of information on the web to help (or confuse) you on each of these questions.
Sunday II was a brand new boat. The Marlow Hunter 33 was the cursing boat of the year in 2012 and the ASA used the Marlow Hunter 33 for their training courses. And it could fit within my budget. (In a later post I’ll explain why I would not buy another Marlow Hunter) ☹️
Once you have a general idea of the size of boat you are looking for and an estimated time line for the purchase, you might want to stop by a marina(s) and get your name on the waiting list for slips. Choosing a marina is a whole POST in itself!!!
My first boat was purchased in 1973 and sold in 1986. Then I went without a boat while my son grew up, went to collage, and married. I retired! In 2012 the decision as to whether or not to get another boat arose and this was the primary question that had to be answered: Could I handle it?
From past experiences I knew that boating required a lot of knowledge and also physical conditioning; so I decided to take an on the water boating course and a Google search indicated many choices. I decided on the American Sailing Associations Basic ASA 101 course because it promised to be the “most rigorous, safety-first education instruction available”. And that is what I was looking for.
The two-day course was offered out of Tampa, Florida and the boat was a Hunter 33. Now isn’t that special. After successfully completing the 101 course, the professional instructors assured me I was ready for a boat if I so desired.