But before we go any further, I must disclose a top-secret piece of information for those of you who aren’t full-time island dwellers. It’s crucial to be patient and accept that things slow down a bit here. The fast paced, quick fixes you find on the mainland, particularly in big cities, just aren’t as readily available.
Remember, easy does it and go with the flow.
Like any large purchase, there are a few things which need deciding before buying a boat. First, what size boat are you after? Are you looking for an old classic or a modern new-build? Where are you planning on going with it? Will your boat become your full-time accommodation or just a holiday retreat? Are you looking to purchase your dream yacht (even a 24' all dressed up can feel like a yacht) to impress and entertain your friends and family with? One that will require crew to skipper and/or maintain and could potentially charter out to other holiday makers? Or, are you after a more family-oriented size boat, one that you and those dearest can tend to as a labour of love? A boat that is looking for a new companion who is willing to give some true TLC?
To say that the costs involved with purchasing a boat varies greatly may be an understatement. There are so many purchase scenarios to consider from the 27-year-old, 35-foot fixer-upper sail yacht, to the 80-meter new-build motor yacht. With that being said, there are the obvious expenses such as tax, insurance, registration, marina and mooring fees, routine and preventative maintenance that are always applicable. However, if you haven’t owned a boat before, there are a range of quirky and hidden costs you may not have yet considered!
But for €28,000, you might find that dreamy little weekend sail boat that will take you and friends to Ibiza for a fun Saturday night. Mooring fees in Mallorca can be super-reasonable if you are in one of the ports on the east coast. If you have a Residencia, then all the better to save money through your local Ajuntament if you have a house in the village of the port.
Get creative, think outside the haul and beyond the fuel.
Regardless of the age and size of the boat you choose, this purchase is indeed grand and preparation is everything. If you have the time, speak fluent Spanish, or know someone who does and is willing to help, if you already have a foreign identity number, or a NIE then the overall process could take a little as a couple weeks. Also, now would be the time to tell you that there are perks to being a Spanish resident, such as lower docking fees and discounts. If you don’t however, consider hiring a lawyer, one who speaks the language, and a company or some form of personal assistance to help make this as stress-free as possible. After all, you came to the island to relax and enjoy yourself, didn’t you?
For that wow-factor yacht purchase, there are an abundance of different yacht brokers around the island to convert your dream into a reality. Be sure to make appointments with a few different companies and remember the golden rule: there is no such things as stupid questions. This will ensure you find the best company suited to your wants and needs.
If you’re after that heart-felt, intimate boat purchase, you can do your research online, or, why not stroll through the 50 plus beautiful marinas yourself whilst enjoying a nice sundowner or two? There are plenty of boats moored up and anchored around Mallorca, of which are sign posted with ‘Se Vende’ or, ‘For Sale’ in Spanish.
AM Tip: Psst! Don’t limit your options by only looking in Mallorca. Sure, there are plenty of boats, but you will pay that little extra ‘island tax’ for the convenience factor, if you know what I mean. If you’re hoping to stick to a budget and use the extra pennies for some personalised luxuries, consider having a look across the coast of mainland Spain and the rest of Europe.
By Delia Paul
28 August, 2019