Whether you have always dreamed of being captain of your own vessel, or this is a spur of the moment thing, don’t just dream it. Do it. Go out a buy a boat.
You don’t have to be a famous rock star, or one of the mega rich. But you will certainly feel that way as captain of your very own vessel.
Owning a boat isn’t just a hobby, it’s a way of life.It can be challenging, adventurous, beautiful and thrilling. So if you are looking for that missing piece of love and excitement in your life, buying a boat is probably for you. And here is why.
Reconnect with friends, family and even yourself
Life on the waves is different. All life’s complications and worries are far behind you on shore and it is just you and the open ocean out in front of you. Take a deep breath and relax and just enjoy the majesty of the open sea and sky.
And how could you possibly feel stressed when you’re drinking a cold glass of something nice while watching a magnificent sunset sending streaks of colour across the sky.
This chance to pause and reflect is great for helping you to relax, think and reassess your day to day. And if you are manning a sailing boat, it is a good time to switch off and focus on something hands on and physical.
It is also an excellent chance to strengthen or build deep and meaningful relationships with your friends and family. No distractions and if you want no internet connection – or even mobile phone reception at all. Just real quality time all of you together, with the chance to bond over the experience.
Working together as a team can be really rewarding, and will create memories you can enjoy for a lifetime. In this hyper-connected world, it has become too easy to disconnect from those we love most, but it does not have to be that way.
See amazing new places from an extra special viewpoint
Owning a boat means you are no longer restricted to the well beaten path of millions of tourists behind you. There is no path at all!
Try island hopping around the Balearic Islands, Majorca, Minorca, Formentera and Ibiza. Each has its own feel and vibe, with many exciting places to visit and a good number of unspoiled anchorages. For example the smallest island, Formentera, is known for its amazing white sandy beaches and perfect blue seas for the ultimate peaceful escape. And of course the sunsets in Ibiza are as famous as its parties, but only a boat owner will get the most amazing view.
If city life is your thing, then you would be able to visit the port at Barcelona, and experience the fantastic city skyline from the cool of the Mediterranean. With a sub-tropical climate it is an amazing place to visit with plenty to do and see.
From iconic Catalan architecture, including great masterpieces by Antonio Gaudi to amazing art collections in the many art museums, it has something for everyone. But for you, when you’ve finished seeing the city, and dining at one of the many amazing restaurants, you can head straight back to the comfort and luxury of your own private boat, and head off up the coastline to see the unrivalled Costa Brava coastline, stretching from Barcelona to the French border it is filled with gorgeous little fishing towns, pristine beaches and stunning coves that would not be accessible any other way.
It is more affordable and in reach than you might think
Owning a boat is never going to be free, it will need love, care and maintenance just like any other valuable item you invest in, like a house or a car.
But it is possible to find some great deals in the sale of new boats, and the choice available is quite wide, so it is entirely possible to find exactly what you need at a reasonable price. Often with excellent financing options available too.
With brands like Jeanneau, Pardo Yachts, Gran Soleil and Tofinou, all experts in boat making for many years, the quality is guaranteed. This is equally important when considering making the investment.
However, do not forget there is also a wide variety of used boats for sale too. Especially if this is your first time for owning a boat and you want to get some more experience as to what you do and don’t like. You can always trade up later!
Learn an exciting new skill and meet new people
Good seamanship is a skill, and one that you will always be able to learn new things and build greater confidence. Sailing in particular can be great to learn, especially the handling, the wind the sea and how a sailboat functions.
This can be a great way to meet new people, from other learners to old hands who have been doing it for years all over the world. The team at Motyvel Yachts for example are experts and can help you reach any level of proficiency, take you through the various types of boats and which might be best for you. They even teach advanced navigation skills for when you are ready to venture out further afield.
Boating and sailing is a passion, and nothing makes friends better than a shared interest or love.
Really great health benefits
Aside from the well known benefit of boating – stress relief, there are so many other activities you can do as well.
Sailing can be pretty physical, and when you add to that the potential to do sea swimming, diving, paddle boarding, tubing and so on, you can find yourself doing a quite intensive work out. Just one that is much more fun than being on a treadmill staring at a wall, and far more rewarding.
So stop making excuses for why you can’t own a boat, and get out there and see what is possible. You won’t regret it.