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Sailing Yachts for Sale Guide
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What Are Sailing Yachts?
Sailing yachts vary in size and shape. Their beauty is boundless on the ocean. They are eco-friendly because the sails primarily power them; many are propelled partly by an engine in case there is no to little wind. The main difference that can be found in sailing yachts is in their sail configuration and whether they have a single hull (known as monohulls) or two to three hulls (which are sailing catamarans or trimarans).
Sailing yachts used to be devoid of the luxuries that motor yachts could provide, but with modern technology, sailing yachts have come a long way. Luxury sailing yachts have many of the amenities of their motor yacht counterparts, with wide beams that offer lots of internal volume. They feature luxuries like staterooms with en suite facilities, formal dining areas, and larger main salons – just as in motor yachts. They may not offer as many levels, due to the nature of the yacht, they have lower profiles than that of a motor yachts so they don’t offer as much space, comparatively speaking.
These luxury sailing yachts are now used for cruising or racing and can be customized to the unique needs and wants of each owner. Sailing yachts can have any number of water toys and other additions to an owner’s heart’s content. However, it is not about what a sailing yacht can give you, but what you choose to get out of them – this can be the experience of a lifetime.
What Is the Difference Between a Sailing Yacht and a Motor Yacht?
Many would say the experience is what made the final decision for them. The simplistic appeal of gliding through the ocean while listening to the quiet whip of the sails and the rippling of water cannot be replaced. It is for an owner who wants to have the opportunity to use his/her skills and knowledge of sailing to explore the ocean. Sailing yachts also have a romantic and aesthetic appeal. Their simplicity and beauty are combined to promote functionality. They have open concepts that are ideal for owners with families or to share with close friends. They also move differently across the water. While motor yachts may quickly slice through the water, sailing yachts, which are only partly propelled by engine (when there is little wind), may lean to one side while gliding through the water. This is called “heeling”, which many feel is the most exciting part of sailing.
What Is the Difference Between a Sailing Yacht and a Sailboat?
A sailboat or sailing boat is a boat propelled partly or entirely by sails and is smaller than a sailing ship. A sail yacht is typically a sailboat 79ft (24m) and above. Distinctions in what constitutes a sailing boat and ship vary by region and maritime culture. On YATCO.com there are currently over 1,270 sailing boats and yachts for sale, ranging from 14ft (4m) to 213ft (65m) located around the world – from South of France, to the US, Indonesia, and more and ranging from $28Million max for the Sailing yacht PRANA, the 170ft (51.7m) ALLOY and delivered in 2006; to sailing boat SOUFEE III, 24ft (7.3m) built by C&C in 1976, Model 24MKIII priced at $4.9 Million ca.
With the oldest classic sailing yacht dating as far back as 1890 such as Sailing Yacht “SKY”, the 85ft (26m) true Gentlemen’s yacht and representing the true meaning of the word classic sailing yacht; a classic Yawl ideal for the classic yacht regattas and currently in the Netherlands; and “SHENANDOAH OF SARK” the 54m Schooner built in 1902 by builder TOWNSEND & DOWNEY are listed for sale on YATCO.com as well as cutting edge technology sailing yachts some of which are the largest in the world, both pre-owned and new due for delivery in 2022. The largest is Sailing Yacht LAMIMA, 213ft (65m) built by the Indonesian shipyard C.V. Mutiara-Murni in 2014 while the newest Sailing yacht is the 78ft (24m) sail catamaran, to be built by the Thailandese shipyard BAKRI CONO SHIPYARD and due for delivery in 2022.
What Are the Different Types of Sailing Yachts?
Within the sailing yachts that are monohulls, there seven distinct types – cutter, catboat, dinghy, ketch, schooner, sloop, and yawl. In this variety of sailing yachts, a sloop is the most popular sailing yacht of today. It includes one mast with two sails – the headsail and the mainsail. They operate the best when sailing windward.
Below some popular monohull types, a true variety of sailing yachts:
The cutter is similar to a sloop with single mast and mainsail, but generally carries the mast further aft so that a jib and staysail can be attached to the head stay and inner forestay.It used to be a common racing configuration, today it gives versatility to cruising boats.
A catboat has a single mast mounted far forward but doesn’t have a jib. Today’s catboats have only the mainsail; however, a catboat could usually carry multiple sails from the gaff rig.
A dinghy is a type of small open sailboat. Characterized for their short length overall and lightweight, which also makes them very easy to handle, sailing dinghies are used for recreation, youth sailing programs, sail training, and tending a larger vessel.
A ketch is a type of sailing yacht with two masts. They are like sloops in this, but ketches have a second shorter mast astern of the mainmast, forward of the rudder. The second mast is called the mizzen mast and the sail is called the mizzen sail. Originally, ketches were fishing vessels; the term “ketch” comes from the same root word as “catch”. Their versatility and ease of use has made them popular, particularly in Northern European waters, where their sail plan allows them to react quickly to varying wind conditions.
A schooner is a type of sailing vessel with fore-and-aft sails on two or more masts, the foremast being always lower than the foremost main. Such vessels were first used by the Dutch in the 16th or 17th century. Originally schooners were gaff-rigged, but modern schooners may be Bermuda-rigged. (A Bermuda rigged schooner typically has four triangular sails: a mainsail, a mainstaysail, the foremast, a forestaysail, and a jib (or genoa) forward of the foremast. An advantage of the staysail schooner is that it is easily handled and reefed by a small crew, as both staysails can be self-tacking.
A Sloop (from Dutch sloep) is a sailboat with a single mast and a fore-and-aft rig. A sloop has only one head-sail, nevertheless if a vessel has two or more head-sails, she is called a ‘cutter’ and her mast may be set further aft than on a sloop. In the USA however, a sloop may have one, two or three headsails forward of the mast—the term cutter not generally being used for sailboats. The most common rig nowadays is the “Bermuda sloop” which carries a mainsail on a boom aft of the mast, with a single loose-footed head-sail (a jib or a genoa jib) forward of the mast. This is an optimal rig for upwind sailing; consequently, sloops are popular with sport sailors and yachtsmen, and for racing. The rig is simple in its basic form and is maneuverable and fast.
The main disadvantage is the relatively large size of the sails, especially on larger vessels. It is also less successful sailing downwind; the addition of a spinnaker in fact is necessary for faster speed in all but the strongest winds, and the spinnaker is am unstable sail requiring continual trimming.
A Yawl is typically two-masted sailboat, usually rigged with one or more jibsails, a mainsail, and a mizzen. Like the ketch, the forward (main) mast is higher than the mizzenmast, but the mizzenmast of a yawl is placed astern of the rudder post (more for balancing the helm than propulsion) while that of the ketch is closer amidships. Like most modern pleasure boats, yawls are rigged with fore-and-aft sails – the most effective rigging in utilizing manpower. The word yawl is sometimes applied to a dinghy and to a light fishing vessel rigged with lugsails.
What Are the Best Sailing Yachts and Brands?
Some of the most renowned sailboat and sail yacht builders of luxury sailing yachts today include: Beneteau, Hunter, Island Packet Yachts, Jeanneau, Catalina with respectively 98, 69, 64, 61, 53,45 sailboats available for sale and 19 sail yachts above 164ft (50m) by superyacht manufacturers specialized in the construction of such large vessels like Balk Shipyard, Perini Navi, Royal Huisman, and more.
Various classic and vintage Custom models such as Sailing Yacht “SKY” built as far back as 1890 in the Netherlands, and “SHENANDOAH OF SARK” the 54m Schooner built in 1902 by builder TOWNSEND & DOWNEY are listed for sale on YATCO.com as well as cutting edge technology sailing yachts some of which are the largest in the world, both pre-owned and new due for delivery in 2022 are listed for sale by professional yacht brokers around the world on YATCO.com.
How Much Does a Sail Yacht Cost?
For less than $60,000, you can buy a recently built 30-35ft sail yacht, or a 40ft sail yacht that is a little older. If you have your sights set on a sailing yacht – therefore a bigger one, you won’t get much for less than $1.5 million.
Yachts vary enormously in price, depending on the boat’s size and age. On top of the asking price, new yacht owners will also have to consider the costs of fuel, maintenance, management and mooring.
How Much Is a Small Sailing Yacht?
New sailing yachts typically cost upwards of $10,000. For family outings and casual sailing with friends, a boat length between 25-30 ft is plenty, with many models featuring cabin space for sleeping, washing and cooking. Yachts of this size generally cost between $25,000 and $50,000, while roomier, more performant sailing yachts can upwards of $100,000.
How Much Does a New Sail Yacht Cost?
Besides all the typical mooring, fuel and other certifications, new yacht buyers will encounter some potential hidden charges:
- Yacht survey cost: Whether you’re buying privately of through a yacht broker.
- Add-ons: Does the boat come with essentials like anchors, sails and rigging?
- Depreciation: Like a car, the value of a new yacht sinks quickly after purchase.
- Costs of buying a second-hand yacht
While you may not be able to customise the boat exactly as you wish, there are often fewer hidden costs to buying a used sail yacht. Nonetheless, you will want to account for:
- Broker’s fee: choose a brokerage based on positive reviews, if you can find them. You could get a great deal on a bargain fixer-upper, or even an ex-charter yacht that looks and sails as good as new.
- Surveyor’s fee: recommended for boats already accustomed to the high seas.
- Maintenance: Examine the boat carefully for signs of wear and tear, as fixing any damage can be costly.
How Much Does a Sailing Superyacht Cost?
A 300ft superyacht, with a top speed of 25 Knots and the capacity for 50 crew can cost well above $100 Million. Annual fuelling, and maintenance can amount to around $800,000 a year.
Superyachts vary in price though as they are subject to many factors.
Some of the most popular sailing superyacht builders in modern times are Royal Huisman, Perini Navi and Vitters, amongst others, that are renowned for delivering the most luxurious and reliable vessels, with effective and cutting-edge technology sailing systems.