Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Theres Never Been a Better Time to Buy

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Theres Never Been a Better Time to Buy

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Byline: DAVE SELBY

THERES never been a better time to buy boats new or used, luxury or budget and there are more on offer this year at Earls Court than ever before. Youll find thousands of boats worth millions of pounds in the brokerage village sponsored by Yachtworld.com (stand N63) and in the pioneering on-line live boat auction running throughout the show. With all thats on offer, if you cant find a craft to suit, youd better take up golf.

If its the best of British youre after, luxury yachts from Oysters brokerage (stand M70) range from [pounds sterling]80,000 to [pounds sterling]3,250,000 for an 82-foot beauty built in 2004. Another jewel in the crown of British boatbuilding is Pearl (stand M72), with its flagship 60-foot luxury power boat. With luxury and comfort for 10 guests, and twin 800hp Volvo diesels, the Pearl 60 beautifully balances power with grace. At the other end of the scale one of the smallest, cheapest boats at the show is the 7ft Yak fun rowing boat from Heyland Marine (stand Q20) which costs just [pounds sterling]299. You can find all the brokers at the show listed on www.earlscourt2008.com.

The live on-line auction run by Boatbid.com is a major UK boat-show first, with 100 boats on offer. If youre new to boating youll be quite amazed at what you can get for your money, particularly these days. I spied a three-berth 24ft steel yacht built in 1982 that could be yours for under [pounds sterling]5,000. Also in the auction were: a five-berth 29ft Legend sailing yacht that could be yours for maybe just a little more, and; a 26ft Birchwood river and estuary motor cruiser. Powered by a beefy 55hp diesel it could be yours for well under [pounds sterling]10,000.

At the other end of the scale theres a [pounds sterling]350,000-plus Moody 49-footer thats barely three years old. But for something with real class youd be hard pressed to match the pedigree of Bloodhound, a 63ft oceangoing thoroughbred built in 1936 and bought by HM The Queen and Prince Philip in 1961. Recently rebuilt from the keel up and probably stronger than when first built, she could be yours for a bid of under [pounds sterling]1 million. …

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