•Evaluate your boat budget
The budget also includes the cost of annual maintenance of this boat (insurance, berth, refit, maintenance, replacement of equipment, etc.) during the period of use of the boat. This is between 5 and 10% of the purchase price per year.
• Set your navigation project
Depending on your personal criteria, the proposed cruises, the number of people accompanying you, etc. Try to choose the models that fit your project the best.
• Select one or more models
From the moment you have determined your budget available and the type of boat that best suits you can start your research and select one of our boats. You can also give us your criteria and we will contact our broker partners worldwide (co-brokerage) to find you the perfect boat.
• Request a report on this boat
We (or our partners) back on the boat to perform a critical eye on him.
• The overall cleanliness of the boat is an important sign: a boat neglected aspect is indicative of an approximate or no maintenance; a hold full of engine oil or water is a telltale sign.
• We are used to raise the floor to inspect the condition of the valves and keel bolts, we check the presence of any traces of moisture or water infiltration around windows and hoods.
• We inspect the deck, the rigging and running rigging and sails, the anchor (windlass, anchor and chain).
• We also check the registration to the boat and make sure, in case of multiple owners, they all agree to sell, we approach the vessel registration office (Customs for French vessels) to check if the boat is not pledged or hypothecated. It is important to clarify the promise of sale and obtain freehand before full payment of the boat. In most countries, a boat pays annual taxes called "annual fees of navigation" (in France DAN), these fees must be paid by the owner prior to the sale of the boat. Otherwise, the transfer of ownership will be blocked until full payment of these taxes ...
We realize that all these steps are part of our mandate.
The promise to purchase
If you are there you can join us in this quick inspection, and so you will have a real opinion on the condition of the boat and know if this boat meets your requirements. This is when you decide whether to make an offer on this boat; of course we can advise you on the amount to avoid loss of time .; If the offer is accepted, you can then sign a promise to purchase - not to mention that this promise to purchase is subject to the condition precedent of the report of a licensed surveyor who will conduct a thorough inspection of the vessel to confirming the true state of the vessel and also to provide the boat. You can include another condition concerning the financing of the purchase. You deposit 10% of the amount provided louse purchase the hands of the broker (deposited in an escrow account).
Once the signatures of the promise of sale / purchase and all suspensive clauses being lifted promise, you can now pay the balance of the sum provided and acquire this boat. In case of multiple owners, the deed must be signed by all owners listed on the certificate of registry, the act will be determined by four or more copies (one for Customs, one for Maritime Administration, one for buyer and one by owner). All these acts must be originals. They will be prepared and maintained by the broker until the delivery date noted on the bill of sale.
Transfer of ownership or flag of radiation.
If you are an EU citizen, you do not have to change the flag if the boat you buy is already registered in another country of the European Community.
You can also register in your country of residence, in which case you need to first obtain the removal of the flag and, with this document complete the registration procedures in your country.
For a ship registered in your country of residence, the process will be easier.
If you buy a French boat, the mutation occurs first to the customs office where the boat is "Frenchified", then this mutation must be registered with the Maritime Administration, place of registration of the vessel, the document called as navigation.
All actions and steps listed above (Organization of expertise, writing promise to purchase, mortgage recovery status less than a month to the relevant services, drafting of bills of sale, transfer of ownership and radiation flag) are part of our mission in the context of the sale of a vessel sold by us; in this case the seller or buyer using our service, are released from these processes.
We draw your attention to the European Certificate of Conformity (CCE): If the boat drawning your attention does not have this certificate, it will be very difficult to get a license in a country of the European Community.
All boats built in Europe after June 16, 1998 have this certificate.
For vessels built outside the community before that date, only those who have already been registered in a country of the European Community before June 16, 1998, are exempt from the certificate of conformity.
Example: If a boat, which is yet to French or European construction, was built before June 16, 1998 and has never been registered and in Europe, but in another country (USA, Canada, etc.), it will almost impossible to obtain a license in Europe ... you'll be unable to navigate your boat. Regularly, buyers end up with a boat they paid and they can not usebecause the lack of compliance certificate, so without registration.
This kind of situation is unfortunately not rare!
We stay at your disposal to make your purchase gives you all the pleasure hoped for, rather than stress and disappointment.