Raymarine’s LifeTag system should be on your boat now. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200, don’t do anything until you get this for your boat. Cheapest life insurance you can get for your family members.
This system can be used for people and pets. The system uses what Raymarine calls “LifeTags”. These little units weigh 1.5 ounces and are about the size of a small iPOD. They communicate with a wireless base station onboard the boat. If the signal is disrupted by distance (around 30′) or the unit is submerged in water a very loud and very annoying alarm goes off. That usually means that Fido or somebody else went for an unexpected dip.
LifeTag can trigger the automatic man overboard in Raymarine’s SeaTalk-compatible chartplotters, radars and instruments, and the SeaTalk devices can display the lat/lon of the person as a waypoint. In other words if its dark or the seas are really nasty you can actually find them, get back to the person and fish them out.
The basic unit includes two LifeTags, the base station, the alarm module, batteries (yes it even comes with batteries!), arm bands and a hand book. This for only around $650 on this site. You can expand this system for up to sixteen crew members/pets.
If you are interested in buying a boat in the United States then this article is for you.There has never been a better time to buy a boat in the USA.There is excess inventory available. Prices are lower than they have been in years.With the strength of other currencies versus the US Dollar you can purchase a boat in the USA, pay for shipping the boat home and import duties, and realize a substantial savings over buying the same boat in your country.
Take a look at this example.As I write this 0.68 Euros will buy 1.00 USD.Translated into real buying power consider that a yacht valued at:
·$100,000 USD can be purchased for 68,449 Euros.
·$500,000 USD can be purchased for 342,245 Euros.
·$1,000,000 USD can be purchased for 684,490 Euros.
Now take into consideration that this example only reflects taking advantage of current exchange rates.New and used boats are now discounted by 20 to 30 percent or more from normal market value or standard retail prices in this country.That means that you can often purchase a boat in the USA for more than 50 percent off what you would pay at home.
Is it worth it for you to learn how to find the perfect boat for your needs that far away from home?You bet it is!You can save a lot of money and get the yacht of your dreams with not much more effort than buying off a dealer or broker in your home town.
I will be giving you step by step instructions on how to buy a boat in the United States and save a huge amount of money.You will learn how to do the search painlessly from home for no more than the cost of your Internet connection and possibly a few phone calls.You will know how to transfer money safely and securely.You will understand the logistics and the legal aspects of arranging export and shipping your new purchase.And I will give you tips on navigating the importation of the boat into your country.
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So now you have decided that it is time to sell your boat.You have done some research on the Websites that you clicked through to in the last blog.You have discovered that your beloved boat is not the only boat for sale.As I write this there are 120,569 boats for sale on Yacht World alone.Clearly you have some competition.If you want your boat sold first we have some work do.
With the universal acceptance of the Internet over the last few years, the Web is the first place most boat shoppers go to see what used boats are available, the new models that boat dealers have in stock, current asking prices, and other relevant information to help them make an intelligent boat buying decision.If they do not know how to access that information they ask one of their kids to do it for them.
By the time a client shows up at my office and tells me that they want to buy a boat they often know much more about a specific model than I do as a yacht broker and practically anyone else in the industry.They know what boats are available, what condition the boats are in, what current asking prices are, and what that specific boat model has sold for in the last six months.You have access to the same information and need to use that market intelligence to formulate your selling strategy.
In my next blog we will talk about pricing and begin getting your boat ready for sale.Have a terrific day on the water and I’ll see you next time after you have done your homework!
Boat unit sales in 2007 dropped to the lowest number the National Marine Manufacturers Association has recorded since the mid-1960’s.
Spader Business Management is a company that surveys this kind of stuff. They found that the boat dealers that they polled this year reported an average decline of 61 percent in net profit over their performance last year.
What does this mean? It’s a heck of a time to buy a new boat right now in the USA.
They also report that brokerage sales have dropped dramatically and that even their listings are down in number. It seems that folks that want to get rid of their boat now are aware of this market downturn and are not even attempting to sell.
This is good news for you if you are ready to sell your boat and are flexible in price. There is less competition and that should result in more inquiries on your boat.
Perhaps you have had your boat on the market for awhile, dropped your price and still no takers. Here’s a new idea. Sell her to somebody who doesn’t live here!
Every single yacht that I have sold for my clients over the last 10 months have been to foreign buyers. Why?
Have you ever traveled to another country from the USA when our dollar was strong against other world currencies? Remember when it felt like a bargain getting clothes, hotel rooms, booze, everything for what seemed like half price once you exchanged your money? That is how foreign boat buyers view boats for sale in the United States. They come here looking for a boat to take home because even after paying for transport it is still a lot cheaper than buying the same boat at home.
How do you track down that foreign boat buyer and get him to take a look at your boat? Stay tuned for our next episode of Boat Sales During This Financial Crisis!
And if you can’t wait you can contact me for a little personal advice.
Hi! I’m David Tomen and am a Certified Professional Yacht Broker in the yachting capital of the world – Fort Lauderdale!
This is my new domain called Oasis Yachts which will hopefully be a full blown Website and blog within the next few days. I hope you come back often or better yet subscribe to a feed for updates.
Incidentally, Royal Caribbean introduced “Oasis of the Seas” in Lauderdale the day I was starting this blog on MySpace last week. Oasis is about to be the largest cruise ship in the world. I would like you to think that Royal Caribbean and Oasis Yachts (me!) orchestrated that but alas – I cannot…
My intention with this blog is to help you improve your chances and sell your boat faster while all the other boats for sale languish forever on Yacht World or Boat Trader.If you are outside of the United States and looking for the secrets to getting a great boat deal in the USA during our current lagging economy – you too have come to the right place!
If you are a seller you will learn where the buyers are and how to reach them. You will know what buyers in this kind of market expect when shopping for a boat. You will get step-by-step instructions on preparing your boat for sale, how to do your own simple market research, and how to price your boat.
If you are boat buyer searching for bargain boats for sale come back to this sight often for ideas.Especially if you live outside of the United States and want to learn how to buy a boat in the USA to take home – you have come to the right place.
Welcome to the Oasis my friend!The door is always open for you and I look forward to being your host.