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Owner's advice: 9 tips for buying your first yacht

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Aesthetics aren't everything

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.

Aesthetics aren't everything

When a fire on their yacht Camarina Royale put Jack and Mary McClurg in the market for a new superyacht there were some big aesthetic obstacles Mary had to get past when Jack suggested Marcato. “We’d been running around looking at boats all day and our broker said we could get on Copasetic (now Marcato) that afternoon, but Mary refused to go,” Jack explains. And, while he immediately fell in love, Mary couldn't stand her but, as she explains, “I knew he loved it. If the price was right, then so be it. I couldn’t be the reason he didn’t have it.”

Of course, an extensive refit followed with Mary taking tight control of all decisions, opening up the upper saloon into a lounge with beautiful views and an expansive aft deck. “We visited just about every stone yard in Florida,” she jokes before conceding that, just like Jack, she now loves Marcato proving that in boats, as with life, looks aren't everything.

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