In the market for a new yacht? Perhaps you haven’t had time yet to visit one of the big yacht shows. You’re still in the early planning stages – not even working with a broker yet. No worries. These days, there’s plenty you can do to start your search right from home, thanks to some excellent websites that will educate you, help you find a good broker and identify the perfect boat. Most of these sites have a range of yachts for sale, from reasonably priced crafts to luxury superyachts. Here are a few sites to check out.
- Buying a yacht is no small matter. Before you take the plunge, you should do your homework.
- Specialist websites can offer you insights into the high-flying luxury yacht market, as well as give you information, specs, and market research.
- When you've settled on your top picks, enlist the aid of a broker to make sure you get the best deal possible.
You’ll find some beautiful boats right on the home page of YachtWorld, which lists boats from its member yacht brokers and new boat dealers. But once you start to dive into the site, you’ll find all kinds of filters that allow you to narrow down your search by manufacturer, new or used, sail or powerboat, length, year and price range. If that’s not enough, there’s an advanced search that lets you choose from options like the type of boat: mega yacht, motor yacht or antique and classic sailing boat, for instance. Even if you’re “just looking,” the pictures on this site are worth some fantasy browsing time.
For buyers, the site offers everything you need to make your purchase: marine insurance, lenders, transporters for hire and advice on working with a broker.
If you’re looking for the high end of high-end yachts, Burgess is where you want to be. Like YachtWorld, this site has filters to narrow your search, but don’t expect too many choices below $1 million. Add a few more million – like, $10 million – and you’ll have your pick of some really nice yachts. Burgess, a super-yacht brokerage house founded in 1975, does more than just sales. It will help you with chartering, building a new yacht, repairs, putting together a crew, and just about anything else you would need if you’re looking to spend multi-millions.
With a name like Superyachts.com, it must be full of some big toys, right? It sure is, but they’re more affordable than the selection at Burgess. Roughly half of the listings are below $5 million – value-priced by yacht standards. Superyachts.com aims to be a full-service nautical website by not only offering boat listings but also destination guides, luxury lifestyle articles, a yacht business directory and plenty of other videos and media.
When you’re in the market for a high-end yacht, obviously your search isn’t nationwide – it’s worldwide! That’s why looking at sites like Monaco-based Yacht Harbour is worth your time even if you live in the United States. Like all of its competitors, Yacht Harbour aims to not only help you find your perfect yacht but also keep you up-to-date on the most recent happenings in the yachting world, tell you about price reductions on certain yachts and connect you with people who will help you charter a yacht.
By super-yacht price standards, the site has plenty of beautiful vessels at reasonable prices – if $142 million is your idea of reasonable.
The Bottom Line
If you’re in the market for a yacht, you, or somebody you hire, will scour the earth looking for the perfect yacht at the perfect price. Sites like these allow you to check out the inventory on your own without involving a broker yet.
Even if you don’t have the money it will take to purchase the smallest of yachts, take a look at these sites anyway. The craftsmanship (and extravagance) displayed in the pictures truly is a feast for the eyes.