Are liveaboard people really treated this way?

Liveaboard people
Are liveaboard people really treated this way?
I am curious if this is how most are treated at liveaboard Marinas. I’ve been spending some of my free days off from work checking out local Marina’s expanding out from the hospital i work at and things were going very well, most places were extremely nice about renting a slip, but the minute I mentioned liveaboard, many the attitude just changed drastically and they didn’t seem so interested in showing me more or talking to me more about the Marina. I found that if i ignored the question of wanting to live aboard that i could get much better tours of the Marinas, many i come to find don’t allow staying on the boat more than a few days a month overnight.

Anyways,

it seems that most want around $650 to $1200 to rent a liveaboard slip, which seems very high since i have spoken to a few who said they pay in the $200-400 range to live at a Marina.

Reply by Kenomac

It would help to know where you’re located. But no, I get just the opposite attitude and treatment when I live aboard for two months of the year in a beautiful marina in Italy near Venice for only $300 per month.

Much of it does depend on how one presents themselves and the boat. When I was living aboard for four months of the year in Shoreline Village, Long Beach, CA. Eight years ago, you could really tell who most of the liveaboards were by all the junk on deck. And the parked, beat up old vans filled with junk in the parking lot. Who wants to look at that all the time?

Still, there were some like us in our Hunter at the time, nobody would’ve known the difference. No junk on deck, no car filled with junk in the parking lot over night… just another boat. The marina isn’t afraid of people living aboard in well-kept boats. They’re afraid of having to go through the trouble to evict bums on boats and or dealing. With abandoned junk boats without working engines.

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Any Photographers with DSLR cameras Around ?

tropical
Any Photographers with DSLR cameras Around ?

I can’t remember a thread on CF on this subject.
Am I the only photographer here or is the rest hiding?

Come on forward if you share this hobby too! What kind of gear do you have, what works really well or not at all aboard, what kind of photography you like best, which subjects, techniques, which software you use etc. !

We have Canon 5D2 & 7D with glass that spans 12-200 mm. We do everything, from landscape to macro and like it all. We are experimenting with clamps to take the place of tripods aboard.

Here’s some examples:


Re: Any photographers with DSLR’s around?

we’re just getting into it. we have a pentax k5. it is water resistant which hopefully helps in higher humidity, and we have a couple lenses. any older pentax lens will work in it too because it has internal stabilizers. so far just a few pics cause we’re busy getting ready to leave on our long term cruise. we really like it. it’s light and easy to use.

Re: Any photographers with DSLR’s around?

I was an avid Kodachrome shooter and into macro and landscapes back in the day. I just acquired a Nikon D3000, which I won in a photo contest using a snapshot taken by my Canon pocket-sized point-and-shoot. So, I’ll be interested in reading digital tips and techniques here.

As far as cameras and lenses on a boat, watch out for the humidity. Here on Nevis, the humidity this past summer caused a spot of mold to grow inside the elements of the lens of my little Canon. A similar thing happened to my Leica binoculars. Bummer!

What does it take to become a liveaboard cruiser?

Livaboard cruiser
What does it take to become a liveaboard cruiser?
About 5 years ago my wife and I had an idea of travelling the world on a sailing boat without ever having stepped aboard a sailing boat (familiar theme right). Tried a few local sailing weekends, loved it. Took a couple of courses, loved it. Bare-boat Chartered a couple of times in the med and really loved it. So decided to go whole hog and sell up and go boat shopping. Then life got in the way….wife and I fell pregnant so our plans were put on hold.

2 years of learning to be a parent and 5 years on after that initial spark and my 5 year plan alarm bell has started ringing! So it’s time to pick up where we left.

Back to the original point…. Apart from a boat and being able to sail, what are the most important skills and traits to learn before we jump in? My time and money are limited so I guess I’m trying to prioritized what I need to do to move forward.

All help and advice is greatly appreciated!

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You need patience, tenacity, and no fear of hard work.

And cash. The amount will depend on the above.

The rest can be learnt.

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Sailing is easy. It’s all the other aspects of owning and living on a cruising-level boat that are hard .

Take the time to learn what you and your crew need and want in a cruising boat. I recommend buying an inexpensive, but sound and fully functional cruising boat, and get out there now. This will teach you what is important, and also start to develop those necessary skills, especially if you are a frugal cruiser with more time than money.

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become a liveaboard cruiser?

Brexit and it’s impact

Brexit yachts

Brexit and it’s impact has been a topic of conversation with friends and clients for quite a while now. I’ve been keeping abreast of all the latest developments. I’ve been reading the industry guidance and talking to colleagues across the UK, Ireland and Europe. I’ve been watching the currency markets and the stock prices of all the major players in the industry.

And my most succinct analysis is this…

I haven’t a bloody clue what’s going to happen. And anyone who says they do is a bluffer.

And do you know what…

At the moment, I don’t really care anymore.

I’m fed up with the uncertainty, the game playing and effort of thinking about it.

We’re still selling boats, and enthusiasts will continue to go boating regardless of what happens.

That is for sure.

The arguments and rationale for Brexit having either a positive or negative effect on the market are both plentiful and largely pointless.

We don’t even know yet what Brexit means,

so trying to predict its impact at this point is impossible. I can only speak of my recent experiences…

Yes, I was (and still am a little) worried that the prospect of Brexit is going to stifle sales. We had a quiet first couple of weeks of the year which is normally a busy time. But since then things have been going great guns. Sales are now up on the same period last year and are showing no signs of slacking off.

We are seeing a slight reduction in the number of leads per boat and this means that with less competing offers sale prices are down a bit on last year, but not by much.

All in all the buyers who are active in the market are keen to buy and just want to get the best deal that they can.

They’re getting on with life… in spite of, or maybe because of, all the ongoing uncertainty.

The general sentiment was summed up nicely by a gentleman from Cork who was in my office finalizing a deal a few days ago.

He told me that he’d been having all sorts of advice from bar stool experts to hold off on buying a boat until after Brexit, when the market will surely collapse. Either that, or Sterling will drop to parity with the Euro (although it’s currently going the other way!), and then he’d get a cracking deal. The general consensus was that he’s mad to be buying a boat in the UK now.

His response was…

‘I don’t really care. I want the boat. I’m buying the boat. And if everything does go pear shaped in the near future, at least I’ll have my boat to enjoy!’

… I couldn’t have put it better myself.

At the end of the day buying a boat is not an astute financial decision. It makes terrible economic sense… it’s always gonna cost money and sometimes lots of it. But who cares.

It’s an indulgence. It’s a treat to yourself and your family for all your hard work and effort.

And it’s a release valve from all the stresses of modern life – Brexit included!

Being aboard your boat is one of the few places left that you can genuinely escape from work and hassle.

And picture-perfect days afloat when everything comes together at the right time (the weather, the company, the location and the boat) are priceless.

So, will Brexit affect the leisure boat market?

Possibly.

Although I suspect it’s going to be much more of a ‘bump in the road’ than a ‘wheels falling off’ scenario. After all when the barstool experts all think they have it sussed, it’s usually a safe bet that they’re totally wrong.

Should Brexit stop you from buying a boat?

If you have the means and desire to do it; absolutely not.

Go for it.

My advice is to buy the boat. Get afloat. Switch off and chill out. Brexit can do what it wants.

 

All the best,
Niall

T. 028 7136 8779

M. 07801 076582

www.GulfStreamBoatSales.com 
 

 

Asia Pacific Superyacht Conference 10 -13 April 2019

Superyacht Conference

This year’s Asia Pacific Superyacht Conference (10-13 April 2019, Singapore) is set to be the best yet.

We have listened to your feedback and as requested, have made changes to the programme format to deliver more targeted opportunities for you to encounter new business partners, receive timely and commercial insights on key issues faced by the region’s local yachting businesses, and to participate actively in aligning regional growth initiatives.

We are delighted to present APSC 2019 – a comprehensive B2B programme consisting of a full day conference AND an additional three industry workshops specially created for key sectors of the yachting industry (Marinas, Builders, Dealers, Brokerage Firms, Agents, Refit Yards, Yacht Management and Service Providers) and around topics that matter the most to you.

Over 84 different companies, and 155 attendees participated at the previous Asia Pacific Superyacht Conference. Don’t miss out on the region’s main industry event for yachting professionals!

To view the agenda topics, visit our website here.

These are some of the features you can look forward to in our 2019 edition:

  • We understand that your objectives for attending are to return home with valuable business connections, resources, and insights that can directly impact your business strategies and bottom line performance. In view of this, we have developed our conference programme to cover the following topics:

▸Creating value for your clients at every touchpoint of the buyer journey and build an

effective customer engagement experience

▸ Yacht ownership in Asia – What is the future looking like?

▸ On-the-ground insights on the regional yacht charter market – Learn to navigate a

complex, fragmented market successfully and leverage on growth trends and

opportunities

▸ Build a productive yacht sales and service network in this unique market landscape

▸ Receive expert insights on developing strategies for success in a niche luxury market

– Apply lessons learnt from success stories and relevant industry case studies

▸Convert your branding and digital marketing initiatives into new revenue channels

  • 3 Post-Conference Workshops designed to generate greater knowledge exchange between industry leaders and delegates, along with high-quality results from networking opportunities

       Workshop A: Building a Master Plan for Yachting in Asia 

       (Agents, Marinas, National Tourism Agencies)

In-depth practical insights for growing the charter market and developing key destinations, routes, and shore support services for Asia.

Workshop B: Growing Your Business in Asia 

Strategies and business networking for brands, manufacturers, dealers and distributors who are interested to either enter the Asian market, expand their sales network

or in learning more about building a successful partnership.

Workshop C: Shipyards & Marinas – Service, Repair and Maintenance

Partnering with key shipyard stakeholders from the local, regional and global markets for a holistic strategy to advance growth of yacht repair and maintenance services

across Asia.

  • Last but not the least, we also understand that budget is a priority for you. In response to this, our new 2019 rates are almost 34% more attractive. We hope the new rates fit with your budget requirements – Click hereto view our new pricing packages.

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Over the coming weeks we will continue to bring you more in-depth programme and speaker highlights. With four days of networking and engaging industry debates lined up for you, the Asia Pacific Superyacht Conference is the best-value superyacht conference you can attend in 2019.

If you are ready to book – our Early Bird rate will save you another 10%. Register here by 28 February or contact me to discuss the event further.

I look forward to meeting you in April.

Best regards,

Debra Long

Conference Producer

P.S. Like to make a bigger impact?

Find out how you can join APSC’s sponsor, MTU and benefit from brand exposure and thought leadership in front of an influential audience. Click here for more information on sponsorship opportunities.

Alternatively, check out our Professional Multipass which offers complete access to the full B2B experience at the Singapore Yacht Show. If you are looking to maximize your business opportunities, this pass entitles you to complimentary company branding in the 2019 Show Guide and Website, and additional access to the conference, workshops and exclusive networking opportunities within the Singapore Yacht Show.

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