Is there anything better than an open road, weekend drive in your sports car? Testing your engine’s performance may not be the only luxury living you could partake in… Would you be ready to take the plunge from car to boat?
Are winter skies and incessant rain keeping your wipers busy, with the road looking like a small floodplain? Maybe it is better to consider a boat after all…
You will, no doubt, be curious to know what are the costs of running a boat in this day and age?
What kind of boat? How much will it cost to buy and run? What about maintenance? I have a thousand questions and Google doesn’t have all the answers. Luckily, I know someone in the industry that has a pretty good idea!
He told me that you can buy and run a boat anywhere you like, you can escape the potholed roads, crawling traffic and pollution by taking to the open water!
But, a lack of infrastructure and domestic boat manufacturers means it is still a rich man’s privilege. If you have the money spare to try it, why not?!
Of course there are some hidden extras:- on billionaires’ quay in Antibes, the sound of summer is the clink of champagne glasses from luxury yachts carefully moored off the French Riviera.
In August, the biggest, most expensive and most lavish boats in the world would normally congregate in Côte d’Azur, a playground for the rich and famous.
This summer, however, Quai des Milliardaires, which is off limits to ordinary people, is unusually quiet, according to locals. They said regulations, taxes and expensive fuel charges have prompted the wealthy to drop anchor in Spain or Italy instead – which has resulted in Europe’s biggest ports losing around one third of their business this year.
Fuel for a 35-metre vessel costs €24,000 (£22,000) in France compared with €11,000 in Italy, and social charges for a crew of seven can be up to €300,000.
Nevertheless, whichever Marina you go to, you’re bound to see a whole host of boats moored up and surrounded by upmarket restaurants and bars. From small yachts to big yachts, some pretty and some with strange names on the side – but owning a boat is bigger, swankier and more expensive than I had first envisioned.
Here in The UK you can experience The All-New London Boat Show which runs from the 10th to the 14th January 2018, where you can get a feel and put those sea legs to good use.
The new five day London Boat Show at ExCel is a celebration of everything you can do on the water. Redefined and re-imagined, this year’s world-famous show is set to be better than ever.
Climb aboard classic boats and modern yachts, pick up the latest marine technology, and spend quality time with some sailing legends.
Bringing a world of inspiration, on water experiences and exclusive deals, The London Boat Show 2018 will be packed with global, national and boutique brands, first looks, loads of retailers and even unique opportunities to get on the water indoors.
With all this in mind, does it have to be expensive? Or can you cut costs along the way to make the dream of owning a luxury yacht a possibility?
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