So would you buy this yacht?

(28 Posts)
Lineofconcepcion Mon 14-Sep-20 19:20:47

A bit different to would you buy this house, but this looks really smart and thought it would be a good second home. What do you think?

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BrigitsBigKnickers Mon 14-Sep-20 19:48:35

Do you already sail? It involves quite a bit of training to be safe and some countries require an ICC certificate to sail in their waters even if it is your own boat.

Beneteau is a well known and trusted make but It seems quite an old boat and the problem is that nothing is cheap to replace or get fixed on a boat. We recently had the oven replaced in ours and it cost nearly £1k including the fitting!

EdwardCullensBiteOnTheSide Mon 14-Sep-20 19:58:57

You wouldn't get this conundrum on Netmums!
Good luck op yes I'd buy it!

BitOfFun Mon 14-Sep-20 20:04:32

The trouble is that unless you are spending over a mill, darling, you simply can't fit the staff on board, and you are very restricted as to who will attend your parties. Monaco definitely won't let you in,

BitOfFun Mon 14-Sep-20 20:13:45

Wait, I've just seen the link properly- I thought we were messing about. Are we?

ParisianLady Mon 14-Sep-20 20:27:06

I wouldn't if you didn't know anything about yachts: they're complicated, expensive to fix and expensive to keep.

Do you live near the coast with decent sailing and facilities? Are you on Gibraltar or would you be sailing it back?

Personally I'm not a fan of Beneteau boats, I prefer something a bit more solid and I prefer a larger wheelhouse type cockpit. But I do like the space in the main cabin and the proper bed. And it seems well priced

For a 40ft boat I'd expect a twin cabin which gives more options. Inside it looks a little tight.

BewareTheBeardedDragon Mon 14-Sep-20 20:37:32

Depends if you think a motor home would be a second home? That is basically a motor home on water. Which is perfectly fine if that's what you're after. If you know how to sail, and enjoy it, it looks a nice enough place to spend your holidays. Lovely shiny wood.


BoatyMcBoaty Mon 14-Sep-20 21:18:39

There are a few Boaty people on here! My partner bought a yacht couple of years ago. We live on his houseboat a lot of the time, which is a similar but easier experience. Beware - it is expensive. You will need a survey, etc. I’m assuming you’re already skippers. It’s not always easy to sail boats across seas. We moved ours from Greece to Mexico, in many stages. It’s costly - not just the upkeep of the boat, but getting help with the sailing, and keeping it out of storms and in safe places. I’d suggest joining a relevant Facebook group, or similar. We keep a lot of spreadsheets of costs! A friend of mine said - before you own a boat, imagine taking a shower in £20 notes 😂 It’s not very glamorous. You will soon learn to talk bilge pumps.

JoJoSM2 Mon 14-Sep-20 21:44:52

If I was getting one, I’d go for a Princess.

Pipandmum Mon 14-Sep-20 21:50:17

I'd consider living in a house boat but not a yacht like this. It would be too small as a second home. Berths cost a lot too. I guess in Gibraltar you don't have to overwinter it. Boats are money pits.

ChampagneCommunist Mon 14-Sep-20 22:54:56

It's a good builder. Mine is not dissimilar in style & would be big enough to live on.

Shame it's glass fibre, rather than steel. Length would be fine for most marinas

Londonmummy66 Mon 14-Sep-20 23:01:54

Good builder but I hate the colour of the wood so no

Palavah Mon 14-Sep-20 23:09:00

Would the cabin layout suit you? If it would just be you/you and a partner most of the time then this looks a more comfortable set-up than the 1 fore, 2 aft layout.

Boat show blue hull is hard work.

Viviennemary Mon 14-Sep-20 23:09:49

No. I'd imagine it will need lots of money spending on maintenance. I might if either me or my partner was either well off or a yacht maintenance expert. Would living in a yacht count as working from home.

motherofawhirlwind Mon 14-Sep-20 23:16:26

@JoJoSM2 I'll be selling one soon, shall I pop you down as interested? smile

Yes, I'd buy it if that price is VAT paid. I yearn for a proper aft cabin.

MrsAvocet Tue 15-Sep-20 00:12:53

Not my kind of thing to be honest. Nothing wrong with her, but not my taste.If I had £80k to spend on a boat I wouldn't choose a modern mass produced fibre glass one. Depends what you are after though. You do get a lot of interior space for the length of the boat in this sort of design, and the French builders generally do interiors very well. Whether that is enough space to live in permanently is personal decision though. She would seem very spacious in the short term I am sure, but personally, I don't think I could actually live in that amount of space. Have you ever chartered a boat of this size? If not, I think I would do tgat and see how you feel about the space after a few weeks.
She's not a boat to cross oceans in but if you basically want a floating caravan to potter about in you could do a lot worse. This looks like a much loved boat which has been very well fitted out and maintained and I would expect her to be very reliable and comfortable and fairly easy, if a bit dull to sail. My one big worry would be osmosis though particularly if she has been berthed in Gibraltar or around the Med long term. Its commoner in boats kept in warmer waters and can be very expensive to deal with. I would definitely want a good survey done.
But if I had that amount of money I would far prefer something beautiful like this;
Unfortunately the chances of me ever having that amount of money, never mind enough to then maintain a classic yacht are about the same as me flying to the moon. But I can dream. grin And I love my little 27 footer anyway.

BrigitsBigKnickers Tue 15-Sep-20 00:30:48

MrsAvocet I saw a boat in Ramsgate marina called Avocet this weekend! Is that the name of your boat?

MrsAvocet Tue 15-Sep-20 01:17:46

It is BrigitsBigKnickers though the one you saw in Ramsgate wasn't ours - well I hope not as somebody has stolen her if it was! grin Interestingly though ours originally belonged to someone on the East coast and I believe avocets are wading birds that tend to be found in that part of the country so it could be the reason for the name. I've never seen the bird or another boat with the same name though so its interesting to know that there's another one somewhere. Ours is very humble, but an important part of the family. We've had her for nearly 30 years now and there are a lot of memories tied up in her.

JoJoSM2 Tue 15-Sep-20 11:39:59


What are you going to get instead?

I think we’ll get a boat in retirement but that’s a long way away and we’re currently busy running after a toddler.

DH has taken me to a few boat shows and Princesses are the loveliest!

motherofawhirlwind Tue 15-Sep-20 11:52:12

We already have a Southerly 28 - this was OH's parents boat and they lived aboard. Moved them into a house now so the boat needs to go! It's very toddler safe, fully enclosed rear deck wink

BrigitsBigKnickers Tue 15-Sep-20 12:25:55

Nice to find some other boaty people!
We have been sailing for 8 years. First boat was a very elderly 30 foot Hunter bit basic( no on shore power or fridge)
We currently have a slightly newer Jeaneau 32 with a lifting keel which is rather useful in the east coast with all the sand banks!

Now looking for our "forever boat" a bit newer and bigger. Love sailing!

KooKooKachu Tue 15-Sep-20 20:26:05

You could get similar boats for less than 80k, I'm sure.

For a boat that size I'd prefer steel than fibreglass. Where would you intend to moor her and what are the morning fees for the marina? If you are planning to use her as a second home, it depends where she will be moored and how much time you will spend on her. Some marinas don't allow liveaboards so that would be what you need to check.

The layout is fine and I'm sure she is a solid boat, but I wouldn't spend 80k on a Benny. Also i would prefer an internal wheel house as well as the external one.

lastqueenofscotland Wed 16-Sep-20 07:32:18

My late father was a keen yachtsman, can you sail is my main point or is this the second home budget and you are looking for options. The upkeep is incredibly expensive, and when they break it’s often specialist (ie-pricy) to fix.

Veterinari Wed 16-Sep-20 07:55:59

I suspect OP already owns this boat and it's a not too subtle advertising thread...

Funf Thu 17-Sep-20 18:07:57

I believe the happiest day of boat ownership is the day you sell it.
Just get a wheel barrow and pour money in

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