Have you decided to buy a yacht and join the yacht owners? An excellent idea. With a yacht, you enjoy the great advantage of being able to spend your own holiday on the most beautiful waters in the world, independent of cruise lines. Invite family and friends for a weekend getaway, sail as a couple, go diving or plan your next summer holiday off the paradisiacal beaches and bays of islands and mainland. Anchoring is worthwhile at numerous harbours. Mallorca, Greece, Italy and of course Croatia are recommended. This is where we at Merk & Merk, your yacht shop, founded our yacht company more than 15 years ago. As a professional yacht broker, we offer a comprehensive full service with German precision and Croatian passion for yacht owners and of course for all those who want to become yacht owners. As an official dealer of Princess Yachts Germany Adriatic, Solaris Power and Cranchi Yachts, you can buy both new and used boats from us.
If you want to become a yacht owner, this means a major investment that should be carefully considered. There are numerous factors to consider that play a central role in the selection process. What size should your model be? How many people will need to be accommodated on the yacht? As a future yacht owner, what demands do you have on the equipment features such as the kitchen, interior design or even the dinghy? Of course, you should also take into account how the yacht will be used. Do you mainly sail on inland waters or the open sea? As you can see, as a soon-to-be yacht owner there are a lot of questions you should ask yourself in advance. For this reason, you will receive a comprehensive initial consultation and needs analysis from us before you buy any boat. After all, your yacht has to fit your lifestyle. Whether new or used, with us you know you are in the professional and experienced hands of experts in their field.
In order to give you an overview of what is important to you as a yacht owner, we have put together some small decision-making aids and checklists below.
How to find a suitable yacht as a yacht owner
Before you become a yacht owner, you should first consider what type of yacht appeals to you most. For many, a motor boat is easier to handle, while a sailing yacht consumes less fuel. Sailing has the advantage of being enjoyable while a motorised yacht will get you to your destination quickly. You should also consider size, yacht equipment and yacht furnishings as a yacht owner.
For example, if you want to spend a lot of time on board and feel like you are in your own home, a kitchen with modern technology is very important. Likewise, the choice of interior design should ensure your personal well-being.
Of course, you will need a larger boat for eight to twelve people if you are travelling with your whole family, taking your dog with you and perhaps inviting friends. As a yacht owner, enjoy an unforgettable time with your loved ones.
If you would like to buy a yacht to explore charming destinations such as Venice, Crete or Amsterdam, discover the culinary specialities of distant countries or simply set off spontaneously for a romantic short trip, a small but exclusive model is already sufficient to enjoy the comfort as a yacht owner.
If you want to set off on great adventures, sporty models are more suitable. You can enjoy cruising on a sailing boat at your own pace. Ideal for you as a price-conscious yacht owner are our used yachts, which of course all have a more than average high quality.
Our exclusive service for you as a yacht owner: Take a moment and start our video tour, in which we show you your potential dream yacht. Of course, we will also take time for you personally. Just tell us what your requirements are as a yacht owner and we will find the perfect boat for you.
If, on the other hand, you would like a 100% customised yacht, that’s no problem for us either. We support you with an individual yacht design and accompany the entire construction process.
Checklist for future yacht owners
So that you as a future yacht owner know in advance exactly what is important, we have put together an exclusive checklist for you.
Operation of a boat
Before you buy a yacht, you should master the basic skills to operate a boat. Depending on the size, type and which flag you sail under, you will need a corresponding boat licence. During training, you will learn how to steer, dock, traffic rules and all safety-related aspects. Furthermore, a dealer should always show you in detail how a model works exactly. We have experts ready to help you, so that you can enjoy a carefree yachting experience as a yacht owner right from the start.
Chartering a crew with captain and crew offers you an alternative. We are happy to take care of the reliable crew recruitment. For this purpose, we draw on a comprehensive database of experienced crew members.
What all does a yacht need to have? It is essential that you have comprehensive safety equipment with you in order to be allowed to participate in water traffic. This differs depending on which flag you are sailing under. Life jackets, first-aid kit, compass – find out about the regulations before you buy your boat. With us, it is part of the service for every yacht owner that we already equip your boat with all safety packages.
As a yacht owner, you are basically free to choose the interior. What counts here is what suits your taste and what requirements you have for the boat. Take your time, because there are almost no limits to the equipment. Whether a spacious shower, a pool on the deck or a fitness room – what would you like?
Insurance for your boat
As a yacht owner, you are liable should any damage occur. There are numerous risks against which you should protect yourself comprehensively. There are various policies available, such as damage cover for damage to third parties or to your boat. You can also protect yourself against legal claims should your boat lose oil or take out breakdown cover. It is important that a boat insurance policy is geared to your actual needs. We at Merk & Merk support you in finding a suitable insurance partner, are there for you when you conclude the insurance contract and take care of all correspondence with the insurer in the event of an emergency.
The boat storage
As a yacht owner, you need a berth if you cannot or are not allowed to park your boat on a trailer in a garage or driveway. In that case, marinas are your first port of call. Ask in advance about free capacities. Or simply leave the search to us. We operate our own marina in Tribunj, Croatia or can organise a berth or mooring for you anywhere in the world.
The boat maintenance
As a yacht owner, you must also bear in mind that a yacht requires regular maintenance. This applies to the engine, among other things. Annual engine maintenance with oil and filter changes or inspections of the technology and electronics is mandatory. Comprehensive material care is also necessary so that small defects are quickly remedied and do not lead to major damage. Maintenance and care are costly for yacht owners. Because we at Merk & Merk know this, we simply take this work off your hands. Find out more about our full-service professional yacht management.
Before setting off, you as the yacht owner should carry out a comprehensive check and see if everything is working smoothly and has its place. Is the route set and do you have enough provisions on board? Alternatively, we can put together an individual itinerary for you in advance. You are also welcome to send us your list of provisions. We will put everything together according to your wishes.
Become a yacht owner with Merk & Merk
“We see ourselves as a partner in whom our customers (must) place a great deal of trust. We will never disappoint them”- Julian Merk, Founder and Managing Director
Since 2004, the name Merk & Merk has been synonymous with quality in the segment of professional yacht brokers. We have specialised in a full-service offer for yacht owners. In our company, which is located in the picturesque fishing village of Tribunj, right in the heart of the Croatian Adriatic, we not only take care of the purchase and sale of boats and yachts of all sizes and types, but also the entire yacht management.
We hope that you have gained a first impression of how to find a suitable model as a new yacht owner and what you should consider before buying a yacht. In order to consider all factors and individual requirements before making such an investment, we recommend an individual consultation. Please feel free to contact us for this.