The good ones build long-term relationships by balancing the interests of buyer and seller
Many yacht brokers will tell you they are middlemen, though that is much too humble a description. Good yacht brokers are tight-wire walkers, charged with doing a good job for both seller and buyer while balancing over an ethical abyss where one misstep could kill their reputations.
One family's ordeal with a questionable broker
As a longtime cruiser who has rebuilt and refit several sailboats, I thought I was well-prepared to look for a larger, more family-friendly boat to replace our Pearson 365 ketch.
Since 85 percent of North American yacht brokers advertise their wares on YachtWorld.com (owned by Soundings’ parent company Dominion Enterprises), this could be one way to screen prospective brokerage firms when selling a boat.
Whether you’re selling or buying, there are some warning signals that, taken individually or together, might suggest you’d be better off with another broker.
It's his first boat and his first refit project, and Phil Taylor enjoyed every part of bringing the Sisu 26 up to 'his standards'
As a part-time resident of Bailey Island, Maine, Phil Taylor had the opportunity to view the state's other islands aboard a neighbor's 18-foot Corson runabout. As he hopped about the islands, he found himself becoming hooked on boating.
Tips and techniques
WEST System epoxy resin 105
WEST System 205 fast hardener (used for all lamination, since temperature was cool)
WEST System 206 slow hardener (used for applying the fiberglass cloth and the barrier coats, since it was warmer when I did this and the thinner epoxy was easier to work with)
WEST System 403 microfibers (used for all laminations and some building)
WEST System 406 colloidal silica (used for all fillets)
WEST System 407 Low-Density (used for all fairing)
Acetone (for cleaning tools)
Awlgrip Awlcraft 2000 paint, Cloud White
Interlux Brightside paint, Kingston Gray
Tools and supplies
Fein Multimaster (for precision and difficult cutting, sanding hard-to-reach areas)
Shop vacuum, with sander attachments
Drywall tray (used to mix and apply epoxy for fairing)
Boxes of disposable gloves
Safety glasses and face masks
Solvent-resistant gloves (for washing tools in acetone)
See related articles:
- Decked out
- Refit time
This article originally appeaared in the February 2010 issue.
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