1903 America's Cup Race

Enjoy searching through classified boats for sale adverts in the hunt for their next boat purchase? Buying privately does bring a host of advantages

Andrew Bray

Buying your first boat is the start of a long romance. Or is it a triumph of hope over experience, asks former Yachting World editor Andrew Bray. Either way, there's no going back

Granville island

When it comes to deciding which boat to buy, the decision of whether to buy privately or from a yacht broker will influence which boats you consider

Entering the lock in Plouer, France

When you come to buy boat insurance you need to shop around, not just for the cheapest premiums but for the right kind of cover for your boat and your type of boating

Faced with petrol or diesel, be realistic. Diesel engines have a reputation for greater reliability and safety, and at present for far cheaper fuel costs

Buying a used yacht at the right price is an enjoyable exercise but it's important to follow some simple rules. Miles Kendall sets out what you need to know

From foldables to ribs, the range of inflatable and rigid-hulled craft that can serve as yacht tenders is bewilderingly varied. Which is the one for you?