Every buyer at one point goes to see a vessel and hopes it will be the one. And every seller hangs onto the hope that once their listing hits the market, a quick sale is sure to follow. The importance of being in the right location for both buyers and sellers can mean the difference between a shorter, smoother process and a longer, more complicated one.
Commonly asked by our sellers, "Why should we bring our yachts to FTL to sell?" Or from buyers, "why come to FTL to look for a yacht?" The short answer is this: as the Yachting capital of the world, Fort Lauderdale is bar-none the place to accomplish your yachting goals.
Fort Lauderdale with its 165 miles of waterways attracts mega yachts and super yachts worldwide, along with thousands of cruising sailboats and motor yachts. Our much-admired Intracoastal Waterway gives views to mansions, homes and yachts of the rich and famous living in the "Venice of America". Waterfront restaurants, night clubs, and real estate make waterfront activities a way of life here. Fort Lauderdale is hailed as the "Yachting Capital of the World" because of all these reasons and because of the numerous boatyards, marinas, yacht brokers, yacht charters, and yacht services companies that facilitate this lifestyle.
What Does This Mean For Buyers?
There are more yachts per capita in Fort Lauderdale than anyplace else in the world.
This affords buyers in the market for a catamaran the advantage of, in one day, the ability to see a sampling of catamarans in one centralized location.
FTL offers a wide variety of safe and affordable dockage with easy access to the waterways and ocean. The Catamaran Company typically has about 30 catamarans at their docks at one time. The Catamaran Co. has three separate major dock locations in the area for both new and pre-owned catamarans.
Additional brokerage firms and sellers also represent the 30-40 other cats in the area that are available for viewing. This gives the buyer a wider selection of catamarans in one concentrated area.
If buyers decide to proceed with a purchase while in town, they can benefit from the large selection of surveyors in FTL that are specialists in surveying catamarans. There are also several boat yards available in FTL that can haul-out catamarans in the area.
What Advantages Are There For Sellers?
For the seller, FTL offers the best showing venue of anywhere else in the world. The reason being is that there are more buyers, brokers, and pre-owned yachts in this market than can be found anywhere. And to make an efficient use of time, a seller can enter into the area, have his boat on display to where buyers and brokers can easily see and show the boat for sale.
This will yield more showings in a day than any other location available. Often sellers feel that a serious buyer will be willing to travel across the world if need be to see their yacht. The reality though is that even the most serious of buyers value their time and will most likely view yachts that offer the least path of resistance before looking at yachts further away. For a seller, locating their yacht in FTL gives them a better opportunity to maximize their yacht's visibility to serious buyers more than in any other location.
In one day, a buyer can fly into FTL Int'l Airport, see the widest selection of catamarans in the world and fly home that afternoon with a purchase and sale agreement ready to proceed with an offer. A buyer can then return back to the FTL area after the approval of the purchase and sale agreement and start in the morning with a brief meeting with a surveyor, complete a sea trail offshore on his boat, have the boat hauled at the boat yard, and have final inspection and evaluation completed by the surveyor in one day. The buyer can even spend the balance of the day meeting with marine vendors for any upgrades or repairs if he so chooses to do so. Even the busiest of people can find one day to search for their dream yacht in the FTL area and with expert help and advice proceed with a sale in closing of their new portable vacation home.
World-Class Yacht Servicing
Often new yacht buyers will ask if there are any GOOD marine vendors in the area. There are several thousand world-class marine vendors in FTL that can accomplish anything your heart desires from fiberglass to metalwork, to electronics, you name it. The Catamaran Company can even help you with your service issues if your vessel is one of the many at our docks.
If a seller has his or her boat available for sale in FTL it can be easily maintained and looked after in the area by marine professionals and if the boat requires any repairs or upgrades prior to selling, our service dept. can easily handle and expedite any type of service the yacht requires to be properly marketed.
Boat buyers and sellers in the state of FL receive the added benefit of being represented by professional licensed yacht brokers. FL and CA are the only two states in the US that require brokers to be licensed.
Florida Yacht Brokers Association
California Yacht Brokers Association
Today The Catamaran Company in FTL has new and pre-owned inventory available to show 6 days a week. Currently there is a new Lagoon 500, Lagoon 440, Lagoon 380, a Lagoon Power 44, a LP43, available for viewing at our docks.
To sum it up, Fort Lauderdale is convenient and efficient for both buyers and sellers of new and pre-owned yachts. Transportation and all marine resources are readily available and easy to access along with professional services by vendors who are experienced in the industry. If you want good quality professional work done, Fort Lauderdale is the place to do it when it comes to your yacht. With FTL being a one stop location for buyers and sellers ... It's no wonder FTL is called "The Yachting Capital of the World"!