This is the time of year I particularly enjoy,
but for reasons different than most. Sure, I
like the holidays and the opportunity to spend
time with family and friends, as well as gift
getting and receiving. However, there are a
couple of other things that take place at this
time that I also look forward to.
has to do with the holiday buying habits of
boaters for both large and not so large
purchases. Over the years, I have noticed the
boat comes first. That is, before stuff for the
home and even the captain and crew – the boat
comes first. And that makes sense.
When you want to cruise, the boat has to be
ready so equipment purchases, upgrades and
regular maintenance are priorities. If you’re a
boater, the latest coffee/latte/beverage maker,
a new sofa or drapes or what have you, plays
second fiddle to what the boat needs so there
will be no delays when cruising time comes,
whenever that may be.
Ditto for wardrobe items and even things
non-boaters can’t do without. I’m talking about
beauty treatments and the like for both him and
her. Good looking brightwork beats Botox and
non-skid deck cleaner surpasses cosmetics. For
some that may be blasphemy, but for boaters it’s
no big deal. Wardrobe items fit in here, too.
Boaters simply don’t need the latest fashion
wear, especially if such purchases take away
from boat readiness.
addition to holidays, this time of year is also
boat show season, the second seasonal thing I
really enjoy. Vic and I go to several shows on
both coasts of Florida. Regardless where the
show is taking place, there are always lots of
beautiful boats, people and constant excitement.
For boat-buyers, especially first-timers, it’s
know that because our years in the business of
chartering have made us marriage counselors, of
a sort, for a number of our clients. They own
boats, but charter from us because they aren’t
happy with the boat choice they made. In other
words, that “marriage” is not going well and
they are seeking guidance for improving that
have determined that some of the most common
problems impacting those relationships stem from
hasty courtships that didn’t leave sufficient
time for buying the right kind of boat. A day
cruiser was selected when more overnight
cruising was on tap. Maybe the size and
operational complexity of the boat was beyond
the buyer’s skill set. Perhaps a boat club
membership or charter would have been in order
since upkeep, maintenance and the like are
handled by the owner and not the responsibility
of the user. And, those options also enable them
to try different types and sizes of boats before
settling on a purchase.
Frankly, we also think it might be important for
boat buyers to mull over the prospect of a
“separation” when making their purchase. That is
to say they should give thought to the challenge
of selling their boat sometime in the future and
what needs to be considered. There’s a lot more
we’ve seen over the years, but come to think of
it there might be an opportunity here for
cruising’s answer to Dr. Phil.
you come to a boat show in Florida next season,
look for “Confidential Cruising Counselors –
Matchmaking Boaters and Boats.” We’ll probably
take appointments in advance on the web!