Older yachts - bargain or getting in trouble?
Manufacturers and leading brokers (such as DreamYacht) have introduced many new boats to the fleets of many operators in the last few years. We could notice this trend in Croatia, but we observe the same in Greece, Turkey and other. This means that the offer includes a large selection of new, modern yachts. As the cost of the new popular yacht is considerable, because these 42-foot class is from 180 to 250 thousand Eur, and the catamaran from 300 thousand Eur up, investors often use various financing programs. The popular ones are of course leasing and participation in the so-called owner programs. The cost of such financing is considerable, so it is not surprising that the price of charter new vessels is high.
Therefore, the trend for charter yachts older than 10+ does not surprise us. Probably many of you compare the age of the yacht with a car, for example, and state that going on a vacation with a 15-year-old car is a risk. However, it should be remembered that yachts "age" differently and such a comparison does not quite fit here.
First of all, sea yachts, i.e. those that we charter, are built with the strictness of category B sea bravery. This means the use of materials with specific high strength requirements.
Secondly, the yachts are subject to strict annual inspections of the Maritime Office competent for a given flag (in principle, they are two inspections, a safety inspection and an inspection of navigation readiness). This guarantees the efficiency of the yacht regardless of age.
Thirdly, the yachts after 1990 to now have almost the same level of comfort and nautical properties, and the differences result more from the class of the yacht and its parameters than directly from the year of production.
And finally, the last argument is comfort, equipment, finish quality and such an important sailing climate. Here I would venture to say that a well-maintained, i.e. constantly refreshed, older yacht may outweigh the new boat with the climate and quality of the materials used (usually more wood and better quality fabrics used during the last so-called refite). The new boat with basic equipment, prepared for the rigor of charter (which usually means more plastic, more durable, but have a climatic finish), will smell new, but is it worth paying extra for it?
To sum up: when it comes to technical condition, current service and compliance with the requirements for admission to navigation are more important than the year of production, comfort and joy of swimming - here it turns out that the class of the yacht is of fundamental importance, and the aesthetic values depend on both the class of the yacht , as well as from the shipowner's approach to the issue of ongoing care (even a relatively new 3-year-old yacht, but serviced carelessly, will offer worse quality than a well-maintained 15-year-old yacht).
based on many yachts we visit, is definitely not to treat the year of production as the main selection criterion, take advantage of the opportunity to sail on a well-maintained yacht of a higher class and for a lot less money. We have many examples of yachts at a price up to 50% lower, and exceeding the class, and thus comfort and quality of navigation, offered boats from new years. One of them is e.g. the Lagoon 420 Tabasco catamaran from WayPoint, on which we had the opportunity to swim a few months ago. The quality and comfort of this yacht do not differ from the new Lagoon 42, and the charter price is almost 50% lower.
On yachtGo.eu you will find many such occasions, all you have to do is sort offers by year of construction from the oldest. Also pay attention to the recommended yachts, because they are characterized by a good value for money.