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This Week’s Special

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One of the more pleasant aspects of our work is when we discover a boat which really works, a boat which looks different from the usual, a boat with real character. Yacht Market Tara is one such – see Sailing Yachts on our web site – and her history opens a window on yachting across the Atlantic. The following account sent to us by her owner makes interesting reading. It’s not often that in spotting the details of a yacht for sale on the south coast of England, an ‘unknown’ designer’s name is seen attached to such a handsome boat. ‘Wink’ Warner? Who on earth is ‘Wink’ Warner and what is a Warner 33? And so a little investigation seemed called for, which unearthed a fascinating history of both the yacht ‘Tara,’ a Warner 33 and her designer. Boats for Sale Wink’ or to give him his full name, Winthrop Loring Warner is not ‘unknown’ at all and proves to have been a very distinguished American Naval Architect. Apparently extremely shy, he actively avoided seeking the no

The Joys of Simple Sailing

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“Buy the smallest boat possible that will do the job you want” This is a mantra we preach to buyers time and time again. As long as the money is in the bank, it is easy to go and buy a 50’ yacht which provides all the space required to cruise around the coast and across the channel in comfort. Yacht for Sale It is more difficult to find that same comfort in a 35’ yacht and have the imagination to be able to use the more limited space in sensible ways. The cost benefits of the smaller boats are considerable and can be seen in yard and mooring fees, maintenance costs and insurance premiums. Yacht Market The truth is that most people are ‘over-boated’ considering what they actually do with their yachts which is plain to see when we look at all the marinas around the country, stuffed full of yachts that rarely go to sea. Do we really need a 40’ yacht to sail around the bay a few weekends every year? For many years we have had a 19’ Herreshoff designed dayboat called an Islan

Buying at different ends of the scale.

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Here at Yachts Markt we like to have a wide range of boats on our books, boats from all parts of the scale in price, size, condition and age. It is this variation that makes our business not only attractive for buyers but also for us here in the office. Yacht Market There are two such boats we have for sale that represent very different ends of the scale entirely, but both are attractive propositions in their own right, and although neither are suited to everyone, both will find passionate and excited new owners. Boats for Sale The first is ‘Ezra’ an Isles of Scilly pilot cutter built by Luke Powell, launched in 2006 and featured in his book which was released last year. Her lines are similar to those of all Luke’s boats with inspiration taken from the Scillonian pilot cutters. When drawing her lines Luke and the first owner had in mind the adventures of Bill Tillman, with a plan to take her to the far north and beyond, she had to be a strong and seaworthy vessel, capable o

Summer Sailing

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This weekend, 6/7th July, saw the start of the Dartmouth Classic Channel Regatta, with two days of racing outside the harbour. We were there aboard our 43′ Camper and Nicholson ‘Zircon’, fresh from a 2 week refit and looking very smart. We had high hopes that the quality of th boat would make up for our lack of sharp racing skills, however it was not to be! Saturday brought very light winds which made the beat to the windward mark long and tiresome in the strong tide. It was clear not long after the start that the course would be shortened from the original 4 laps, and as it was very few boats even managed to complete 2 before the end of the afternoon. Our maximum boat speed during the race was a heady 3.1 knots which was greeted with utter delight and a celebratory beer. Yacht for Sale It was however perfect conditions to get our spinnaker and asymmetric out their bags for the first time, both of which set very well. Yacht Market The whole fleet was shown up by the grace a

Regattas and Sun

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It has been a busy summer for us here, with the weather playing a large part I am sure. Our purchase of a new boat last winter rather put the pressure on to get her ready for the summer season and take part in some of the fantastic Classic yacht regattas we have on the south coast. Several weeks of stripping and varninshing in the early opart of the season and 2 weeks of hard work in the yard saw our C&N Zircon looking very smart and ready to go racing. Yacht for Sale The Dartmouth Crab regatta was the first stop and with a great turn out of yachts and a very relaxed but well organised programme, it was a great few days of sailing and partying. Unfortunately our racing skills didn’t quite match our expectations and we found ourselves making tea ½ mile downwind of the start line when the 5 minute gun went! Sunday was a little more successful, but the sun made up for everything despite the poor results! Yacht Market The cross channel race to Paimpol was mixed affair and n

Without doubt she’s a classic

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In the last 6 months we have had several owners approach us with boats they wish to sell that are a little out of our comfort zone and do not quite fit our normal remit. The issue for us with these few boats is that they are fibreglass, and being solely brokers of wooden yachts for over 35 years means that taking on a fibreglass yacht is a big step. Boats for Sale When Peter first started Yachts Markt, many of the yachts we were selling were relatively new, but the era of fibreglass had arrived and everybody wanted a yacht in the new material. Fibreglass was expensive but the wooden yachts had dropped in price, and if you sailed into a marina at that time in a 1960’s wooden yacht, people would look and say “poor chap, he can’t afford a modern boat”. Yacht for Sale 40 years later, if you sail into the same marina with the very same boat, people will look and say “he must be doing well, he can afford a wooden boat!” At the start of fibreglass construction the design of yachts

Best boating holiday ideas

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We run through a few sailing and boating holiday options, from beach-based dinghy sailing to cruising flotilla or bareboat options… what could be better than enjoying a week or two on the water? For the sailing obsessed, a holiday on the water is ideal, but if you've never been before, there’s also no better way to introduce beginners to the sport than in warmer climes with expert tuition (see get your family boating in 6 steps). Sailing is also an activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family, from child to pensioner, couples, whole families or individual travelers. Yacht for Sale It's a social sport and a great way to explore a new country. Here are just a few ideas… Yacht Market BEACH BASE SAILING HOLIDAYS Neilson specialises in sailing and skiing holidays and the company has a wide range of beach-based centres. One of the company’s unique offerings is a stay and sail package that consists of a week at a beach base, learning some of the basics, before a week lo

How to Drive a Personal Watercraft

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Driving a personal watercraft isn't as easy as you might imagine, our guide has some handy tips to ensure success and help keep you safe. How do you drive, or ride, a personal watercraft? Well the technology has come a long way in modern PWs (see Jet Skis and personal watercraft: the guide). They now use four-stroke engines instead of the two stroke power plants that polluted the very environment people were out there to enjoy. They now have variable trim systems and electronic “nannies” to help new riders stay out of trouble and improved ergonomics and safety features. Boats for Sale But they are still jet-drive watercraft and that means there is no steering if you’re not on the throttle. Yacht for Sale That’s what gets people into trouble. It’s anathema to what we learn in driver’s education classes in a car and it doesn’t apply to propeller-driven boats, either. To ride one successfully means not “riding over your head,” which means at speeds that are appropriate fo

Stand Up Paddleboards: SUP for fun and fitness

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If you crave more time on the water, check out the quickest way to get out on your local bay, river, or harbor: paddleboarding, also called Stand Up Paddleboard or SUP for short. You’ve probably seen them on your local waterway: people standing on surfboards, propelling themselves forward with a tall paddle, like a 21st century Venetian gondolier. A relatively new sport, stand up paddleboards (or SUPs) have grown rapidly in popularity, why is that? There are three great reasons why this odd-looking sport has taken off along coasts around the world, and they all revolve around easy access to the water. Yacht for Sale Stand up boards are lighter to transport than a kayak, less complicated to operate than an outboard, and far easier to rig than a small sailboat or windsurfer. As one of my sailing friends says about his own paddleboard: “four seconds to rig! Yacht Market In keeping with that easy access theme, you only need a few basic skills to stand up and paddle. So whether y

How to start your kids dinghy sailing

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Getting your kids into dinghy sailing can be hugely rewarding and a great way of introducing them to skills which will stand them in good stead for any pastime on the water. Paula Irish shares her top tips gleaned from the experience of introducing her two children to the sport. Dinghy sailing is a fabulous sport for children, and it can lead to a lifetime's passion... Yacht for Sale if you get it right (for more tips on getting your kids hooked on boating, read Get your family boating in 6 steps). Waders were a last resort when I started helping my children to sail. Hardly a fashion item, but it saves getting cold and wet in wellies or flip flops, it’s simpler than forever repairing scrapes to the boat, and far less stressful than watching a child struggle to launch independently in a breeze. Boats for Sale Rather embarrassingly, at just over 5ft tall, the waders make me look like an Oompa-Loompa. But it raises a smile from the kids on shore, even those nervous at the

How to water ski

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Learning to waterski can be amusing for spectators, but our guide can help you make those first steps as smooth as possible. Learning to water ski is something to which you want to bring a video camera, because no one nails it right out of the gates. Keep those videos so you can laugh at them later, when you’ve progressed a little. Yacht Market But seriously, the usual progression for water skiing is to learn using a pair of skis, then dropping one so you can slalom and then doing deep-water starts with one ski, so you don’t have to go back and chase after the ski you left behind. Yacht for Sale I’ve never heard of one getting stolen or disappearing, but if you’re skiing on a river, it’s not going to stay where you left it. man learning how to water ski THE BASIC EQUIPMENT FOR WATERSKIING Some fundamental information includes having the basic equipment: a serviceable pair of skis, a good ski rope, a personal flotation vest and, well, a boat. Boats for Sale The ski