Buyers’ Guide: Purchasing A Yacht (Part 1)

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Buyers’ Guide: Purchasing a Yacht – Part 1

We understand buying a boat is a big decision. Our primary goal at SYS International Yacht Sales is to take care of you before, during and long after your purchase. To make this easier, we’ve created a step by step guide to buying a boat so you know exactly what to expect throughout the purchasing process.

Whether you are looking for a new or pre-owned boat, whether this is your first or your tenth, motoryacht or sailboat, we are committed to the highest level of service and integrity in the representation of our clients.  Please review the following steps along with how SYS can best serve you throughout this process.

Step 1:  Choose the Right Boat for You


When deciding to buy a boat, the first consideration should be the type of boat you would like. There are many different styles, equipment, and layouts that are best for certain activities. In order to narrow down your search, here are some important questions to consider:

  • For what purpose do you want a boat? Is it for weekend cruising, fishing, living aboard, extended travel, etc?
  • What size range will best meet your needs?
  • Do you want power or sail?
  • How many staterooms would you like?
  • Do you prefer a contemporary or traditional style?
  • Is there a particular brand you are drawn to?
  • Do you want a new boat or pre-owned?
  • What is your budget?

Buy a boat with SYS International Yacht Sales

Our sales professionals are all skilled yachtsmen, many of which own their own boats with a lifetime of experience. We can assist you in answering some of these important questions in order to narrow down the type of boat that is right for you. We are determined to apply our knowledge, experience, and integrity to find the a boat that is perfect blend of value and quality to meet your expectations.


Step 2: Choose a Broker


The next step is choosing a broker. There are many reasons to choose a reputable brokerage instead of opting to buy on your own. By having a knowledgeable and experienced broker on your side, one that knows the common issues and potential challenges of buying a boat, your best interest will always come first. Learn more about these advantages in detail (linked).  The safest manner in which to buy a boat is to be represented by a Certified Professional Yacht Broker (CPYB), and better yet, a CPYB who is licensed and bonded in his/her state, such as is required of all Yacht Brokers in Florida and California. This certification reflects the broker’s ability to provide comprehensive advice in all areas of yacht sales, including international and domestic rules and regulations.

SYS was the first in Florida to be designated as an “Endorsed Brokerage” by the Certified Professional Yacht Broker Program and many of a sales staff hold a CPYB certification.  We have been operating in the yacht sales industry for over 30 years and our knowledge of the market is unsurpassed. As one of the oldest brokerage firms in the industry, we pride ourselves on our experience and integrity. Through our achievements, personal and organizational values, and passion for yachting, we provide our clients a level of service that is unmatched in the yachting industry.

We are members of the International Yacht Broker’s Association and regularly participate in educational seminars to stay updated with current regulations, new trends regarding the market place, and to further gain insight into the changing intricacies of the industry.

Step 3: Start Shopping


Using available industry resources, your broker will begin narrowing down your search based on your desired criteria. Once your search is narrowed, you and your broker will personally visit and inspect the boats to evaluate its features and overall condition.

SYS International Yacht Sales is the best choice for buying or selling a boat

We have a thorough understanding of all types of vessels. Whether you are looking for Mega-Yachts, Long Range Cruisers, Motor Yachts, Sport fishers, Express Cruisers, Trawlers, Mono-hulls, Multi-hulls, Sloops, Schooners and everything in between, we have a specialist with the knowledge base to explain the vessel inside & out.

We have access to the best and most respected database available of all boats sold throughout the world: This service gives us a detailed history of every boat sold since 1999, showing the original date and price listed, days on the market, Sold Price and Sold Date, as well as all the photos and descriptions as it appeared at the time it sold.

IYBA's President, Paul Flannery, is also the Director of SYS International Yacht Sales' Palm Beach office

In addition to this resource, our membership with various yacht broker associations grants us detailed information on vessels that are just entering the market as well as details on recent sales. With our access to private information, we are able to broaden your selection of boats while using our expertise to narrow down your search.

Make sure to read Part 2 of our Buyers’ Guide!

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