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Owner's advice: 8 tips for buying your first yacht

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Don't be afraid of impulse buys

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.

Don't be afraid of impulse buys

For Elizabeth and Rory Brooks, owners of classic FeadshipHeavenly Daze, it was an impulse buy that led to their first yacht purchase. “We were in the South of France chartering a motor yacht, and it broke down,” says Elizabeth. “And so we were stuck in the marina at Port Cogolin. There was this boat moored next to us, which was a very pretty classic yacht, and my husband persuaded the captain to talk to their captain and we had a look around.” That yacht, of course, was Heavenly Daze and, as Elizabeth explains, "The first thing you fall in love with is very often the right thing.”

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