As a new contributor to this boating blog I’m thrilled at the opportunity to make your dreams of boat ownership easy and fun. In the coming weeks, I’ll cover ways to expedite finding, purchasing, and enjoying your new boat. We’ll navigate brokers, surveyors, finance, insurance, maintenance and answer your frequently-asked questions. Regardless of how many boats you’ve owned, BoatTrader.com wants you to be a savvy and satisfied boat buyer, and I will do my best to be a useful resource.
As a former editor at a well-known sailing magazine and manager of a large boatyard in the Northeast, I have experience in the pleasure boating industry that should help me help you find the boat that meets your needs. I’ve assisted brokers and surveyors in assessing a boat’s condition and have overseen upgrades and repairs for owners. I’ve written boat reviews and managed the commissioning of new boats. Personally, I enjoy sailboat racing, but have operated and maintained all manner and sizes of power boats. I reveled in do-it-yourself projects even when I was making a living maintaining other people’s boats.
I’ve bought many boats over the years, and for each of my boats I had a use in mind: a skiff for lobstering, a daysailer to teach my son to sail, a race boat to compete in. When the use was no longer there, I sold and moved on. My current boat sitting in the driveway was to become a floating waterfront cottage, but more on that in a future post. First and foremost, I want to encourage you to buy a boat that meets your intended use.
It is a pleasure for me to share the enjoyment, experience, and excitement of boating with others. My next entry will focus on how to identify the boat that meets your needs.