Mahina Expeditions offers offshore sail-training and navigation expeditions, offshore sailing seminars and boat purchase consultation.

Mahina Expeditions, Offshore Cruising Training
boat consulting services

Boat Selection Consultation

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Boat Selection
Boat Design and Construction
Boat Consultation Questionnaire
Boats to Consider for Offshore Cruising
Staying Shipshape: Maintaining and Refitting
HR 46 Review
Boats for Sale
Buy Low, Sell High

Since 1976 I have professionally consulted for hundreds of people seeking cruising boats. My experience in the marine industry is unique; 332,000 miles and 38 years worldwide ocean sailing experience plus boatbuilding, surveying and previously owning a yacht brokerage. As my time available for consultation is limited, it is only appropriate that I charge for this service.

For $750 your unlimited email consultation includes:

  • An analysis of the boats you are currently considering; discussing design, construction quality, seaworthiness, safety, speed and comfort.
  • Answers to your questions regarding suitability of various designs
  • Analysis of your total overall cost of ownership: purchase, refit, outfitting, maintenance and resale value
  • Suggestion of additional boats for you to review based on your cruising plans
  • Evaluation and forwarding of listing and selling prices of sisterships utilizing information from soldboats.com
  • Referral to a qualified and unbiased marine surveyor
  • Review of the survey with recommendation on post-survey price negotiations
  • Evaluation of current gear and additional equipment needed for offshore passage making
  • Advice and referrals regarding documentation/registration, offshore flagging and tax implications
  • Recommendations and referrals for offshore insurance including crew of two
  • Assistance selling you boat years later, potentially in a higher market than where you are considering purchasing

MOST SUCCESSFUL TWO WEEKS FOR MY CLIENTS IN 20 YEARS OF BOAT PURCHASE CONSULTATION!

Unbelievable, but here are two weeks of success stories:

  • New York City clients purchased a very recent Caliber 40 in South Carolina and are sailing it north.

  • A client from Colorado purchase an Amel Super Maramu in Panama and has sailed it to Florida for a refit.

  • Another couple of Colorado clients purchased a Valiant 42 that has been in dry storage for two years and are headed for the Chesapeake.

  • A client we met in our Chicago seminar ordered a new Rustler 36 (http://www.rustleryachts.com/36.php) from England which will be displayed in the Annapolis Boat Show this August.

  • A Brazilian client living in Mexico City yesterday completed purchase of an HR 53 which he plans to circumnavigate aboard with his wife and two young children.

  • Florida clients have an accepted offer on the cleanest, best-equipped Island Packet 380 on the market for under $200K!

  • Swedish EM's have an accepted offer on an HR 53 in Spain. Anyone interested in their immaculate Najad 390?

  • Australian client is making an offer on a very clean Nordic 40 in Maine after losing out to higher offers on a Valiant 40 in San Diego.

  • Colorado based-FedEx captain and wife purchased a Valiant 42 in Annapolis.

  • Hong Kong based Aussie signs up and narrows search to the tidiest HR 46 on the market.

  • Malta-based EM locates an amazing value boat, 100K Euros below market value and is off to Italy this weekend to check it out.

  • New Vancouver client is off to Tacoma to check out an immaculate Beneteau 411 as a first boat.

  • UK client and former EM takes delivery of his new HR 40
    ( http://www.hallberg-rassy.com/yachts/center-cockpit-boats/40/ ) in Sweden.

  • Texas-based couple from Chicago seminar take shakedown cruise on their just-purchased Manta 42 catamaran with three young daughters. www.threekidsandaboat.blogspot.com

  • A client in Costa Rica gets a second chance on a nearly-new Najad 380 that he lost to a higher bidder two weeks ago.

  • NYC clients purchased a nearly-new Caliber 40 in South Carolina at a very reasonable price Colorado clients purchased a Valiant 42 in Annapolis that has been in dry storage much of it's life.

  • An Australian client has just had a successful survey and is closing on a Bristol 45.5 in South Carolina

  • A client from the Florida Keys has an accepted offer on a 2006 Tartan 34 with a CB with a shallow enough draft to allow him to tie up to his dock in front of his house. Lucky devil!

Since 1976 I have professionally consulted for hundreds of people seeking cruising boats. My experience in the marine industry is unique; 332,000 miles and 38 years worldwide ocean sailing experience plus boatbuilding, surveying and previously owning a yacht brokerage. As my time available for consultation is limited, it is only appropriate that I charge for this service.

For $750 your unlimited email consultation includes:

  • An analysis of the boats you are currently considering; discussing design, construction quality, seaworthiness, safety, speed and comfort.
  • Answers to your questions regarding suitability of various designs
  • Analysis of your total overall cost of ownership: purchase, refit, outfitting, maintenance and resale value
  • Suggestion of additional boats for you to review based on your cruising plans
  • Evaluation and forwarding of listing and selling prices of sisterships utilizing information from soldboats.com
  • Referral to a qualified and unbiased marine surveyor
  • Review of the survey with recommendation on post-survey price negotiations
  • Evaluation of current gear and additional equipment needed for offshore passage making
  • Advice and referrals regarding documentation/registration, offshore flagging and tax implications
  • Recommendations and referrals for offshore insurance including crew of two
  • Assistance selling you boat years later, potentially in a higher market than where you are considering purchasing

The consultation is best conducted by e-mail.

If you would like to proceed, email me (sailing@mahina.com) or contact our Friday Harbor office with your credit card information, tel: 360-378-6131 or fax 360-378-6331 and fill out and return the following Boat Consultation Questionnaire. It is quicker if you can email me a Word.doc version of the questionnaire.

 

 

 


 

How Mahina Expeditions Consultancy Operates.
When contacted, John Neal and Amanda Neal will arrange an initial telephone consultation without charge to determine your cruising plans and time line.

Most of our services are charged on an hourly basis.

If you already own the boat that you plan to cruise on, it is preferable for us to meet you on board.




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