Tips when buying your first yacht and boat in Dubai
Buying a boat is a big decision. It was once said that the day you buy your first boat will be the best day of your life. They also say that the second best day of your life is a sale! Here are some tips for buying your first boat!
Know what type of boat you want
If you’re buying a brand new boat or a used boat, do you need to figure out what type of sailing you’re going to do? The first step is to have a clear idea of the type of voyage you intend to use the boat for. Do you want stress-free crafting on a relaxing weekend, or do you prefer the challenge of a long drive or the adrenaline-filled speed and racing? If you are unsure you can contact us at Princess Yachts Gulf and we will help you find the boat that suits your needs.
Check the condition of the boat
Once you’ve found the boat that’s right for you, how do you know it’s really what it’s advertised to be? This is especially true when buying a used boat. Here are some guidelines to help you check for bait on your first visit. The exterior of the boat is a good indication of the general state of maintenance. check available options on yacht for sale in Dubai
Don’t hesitate to lift the planks to view the gates and keel bolts – this will give you a good idea of the state of the boat’s maintenance. You should also check for signs of condensation or water leaks around the hood and fixed portholes.
Check the deck of the boat, walk barefoot or with socks on, and take a heavy step to see if there are any weak spots or peeling. Check the condition of the rigging and sails. Don’t forget to check the mooring equipment (winches, chains, and anchors).
Know where you will store them
When you buy a boat, you want to get the most out of it, so it’s best to decide where you want to store it and make sure it works. Some “hot spots” have prohibitively high mooring fees, and in some cases, piers are either unusable or too shallow for the draft of the vessel. Dubai Marina and Bulgari Marina are two of the best places to moor in Dubai.
Know the legal part of buying a boat
Buying a boat is no different than buying a house. You have a contract that contains the agreement, terms, and conditions, etc. Written contracts are essential when dealing with large sums of money – this should be signed once the parties have agreed on a sale price. With all that said, here are some of the rules and regulations you need to know about boating and other water sports before you leave the mainland.
You will need the following:
Marine craft license
Marine craft inspection report
Marine craft driver’s license
Permit to sail
All watercraft, including private watercraft (also known as pleasure, leisure, or personal watercraft) and motorboats must be registered with the Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA). You will then be issued a Seaman’s License. Even if the boat or motorboat is officially registered in another country, it must be registered in the UAE. As part of this process, you must pass a vessel inspection and apply for a registration number with the Dubai Coast Guard (first instance only). This number varies by the emirate, in Dubai, you will be given a DP (Dubai Port) number. The vessel must then display the registration number prominently on the hull.
Before reaching the waters, you must obtain a sailing permit approved by the Dubai Coast Guard. His patrol boat is constantly on guard to make sure the owner complies with all these regulations. They must also apply to the DMCA for a boat license, a relatively new regulation designed to ensure that all boat owners and sailors have the theoretical and practical knowledge and expertise to operate light craft and yachts.
Owners are advised to purchase a comprehensive insurance policy with a maximum coverage of AED 2,000,000. Obtain a policy from a local insurance company. Most of the leading marine insurance companies have branches in the United Arab Emirates and some conduct their entire business online to save time.
Enjoy your boat!
Take the time to really enjoy your boat and get the most out of it. We suggest taking private lessons on your own boat is one of the best ways to improve your skills and confidence. Plan multiple trips and try to use this boat for its purpose. Join a yacht club for social events and cruises. Invite family and friends to join you and share in the wonders of the water!