There is an old adage that says, “The only thing better than owning a boat, is knowing a friend who owns a boat!”
It’s true that owning any boat can have its share of worries and hassles, and many of those can be even more worrisome, once you climb up the ladder to a luxury motor yacht. However, there are ways you can worry less, and enjoy owning your yacht more.
Learning how to enjoy your yacht more isn’t only about how to deal with the kind of frustrations that come with owning any boat, like routine maintenance, fuel, and dockage fees – but finding ways to just relax and enjoy cruising more!
Here in no particular order are our “Top 5 Ways” to have the most fun you can, any time you take your motor yacht out for a cruise
Keep your yacht well maintained – One of the most important aspects of enjoying your yacht, particularly if you are going to be doing any long distance cruising to some far off or exotic locales, is to keep your yacht well-maintained. The last thing you want is to experience a breakdown of a vital system while you are far from home.
Be as self-sufficient as possible – Almost as important as making sure all of your critical systems are well-maintained, is to make sure they have back-ups and redundancies so that your vessel is as self-sufficient as possible. That means in addition to back-up generators, you should consider a “get home system” and things like shore power, and anti-piracy gear. You also want to make sure you have all the necessary safety gear on board.
Water Toys – How can you expect to have fun without water toys? If you want to get the most out of a yacht excursion, have Scuba and snorkeling gear, jetskis, seabobs, etc., along for the ride! Having the latest water toys on your boat, can also make her more popular if you are considering putting her in a charter income program.
Charter Income – And speaking of charter, certainly in the “top 5 ways to enjoy your yacht more,” is to put her in a charter fleet. You can earn charter income that can offset the cost of ownership by as much as 30%, in addition to the several other ways that charter is good for your yacht.
Creature Comforts – In many ways an upscale motor yacht is your home away from home. So make sure she feels as comfy and as homey as she can for you, your family and your guests. Of course she will likely be equipped with many upscale amenities and entertainment features, but be sure to take along things that really make you feel as comfortable as if you were in your own home, especially for your kids. Guys, trust me, this is particularly true if your wife was not 100% thrilled with your purchase, make sure she feels comfortable aboard!
How FYM Can Help Take the Worries Out of Yacht Ownership
There is a sixth way to take many of the hassles out of yacht ownership that maybe should have appeared at the top of this list. Our On Demand Yachting solution!
On Demand has been designed to help make yacht ownership as worry-free as possible. As a subscriber to our On Demand solution you can all but guarantee that all of the above – and more will be taken care of for you, so all you need to do is sit back and enjoy everything you bought your yacht for in the first place!
Operating a motor yacht can be costly. You can reduce your expenses, and avoid costly repairs by keeping her well maintained. On Demand yachting from FYM can help. If you would like to learn more, or if you have any questions or comments about this blog post, do not hesitate to contact our Yacht Management specialists, or call us at (954) 900-9968.