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Owner's advice: 7 tips for buying your first yacht

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Find a designer who understands your vision

Buying your first yacht isn’t something anyone should enter into lightly. Without knowledge or experience it is easy to find yourself led astray by the inspiring yacht concepts of boundary-pushing designers or talked into building a super-fast yacht with technical capabilities you’ll never use.

With this in mind, we’ve spoken to a number of experienced serial yacht owners who know a thing or two about the buying and building process. Here are their top top tips on what to look out for, what to avoid and how to make sure you get the yacht you really want.

Find a designer who understands your vision

Aside from the builder there is perhaps no other party that has quite such a large impact on your yacht than the designer. Whether you're building from scratch for the first time or the fifth, it's important you find a designer who understands your vision, lifestyle and what your hopes are for your new superyacht. Pier Luigi Loro Piana, a serial sailing yacht owner whose new Baltic 130 My Song IV hasjust been delivered, explains this eloquently in his relationship with famed yacht designer Mario Pedol, “He is a boat designer who has an engineering company. He works with more specialist architects, like Bruce Farr, like Vrolijk. He is the number one in Italy in my opinion. Most importantly, he knows exactly what I want. He really understands my taste.”

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