Tuesday, December 5, 2017

150 Million Dollor Luxury Yacht Attessa IV By: Ian Van Tuyl

Columbia 36

A bargain-basement racer/cruiser from a granddaddy of American production boatbuilders.

It's hard to believe, especially for those of us who learned to sail in the 1960s, that fiberglass sail boats built back then are now a part of history. The "fiberglass revolution" that seems like just yesterday, is now 30 years in the past. A lot has in the world of boatbuilding since then, but many of those old boats are still sailing.

The Design

The Columbia 36 was in production between 1967 and 1972. One reader estimates that more than 600 were built, making it a very successful model.
The boat was designed by William Crealock, the California naval architect who today is more readily associated with the Pacific Seacraft line of bluewater cruisers bearing his name. The Columbia 36, with its transom stern, aluminum frame windows, and step-down cabin, bears little resemblance to the Crealock 34 and 37, whose canoe sterns and bronze portlights give it a tough, traditional, go-anywhere look.
The Columbia 36 was a pretty slick looking boat in its day, and though its lines have worn reasonably well with time, we're reluctant to call it a "classic." The sheer is essentially flat, with modest spring, the sidedecks wide and the cabin nicely proportioned. The rig is on the small side for this size boat.
Underwater, the divided underbody shows a swept-back fin keel that looks like an inverted shark's dorsal fin, and a skeg leading to the spade rudder. Interestingly, the propeller shaft (not shown in the drawings) is situated at the aft end of this skeg, which places it above and aft of the rudder and nearer the surface than one might expect.
The long cockpit rates highly with owners. One reader said it doesn't feel crowded even with a crew of eight.
The displacement/length ratio is 261, which is a nice number for good all around performance—too high for a hot rod, but just right for comfortable family sailing.
A subtle point about Columbias is the tooling. A wooden boatbuilder in Maine once told us that one of his objections to fiberglass boats was the absence of crisp, sharp lines and edges. Study a glass boat, especially an old one like the Columbia 36, and you'll see what he means. Every edge is generously radiused. Of course, some of this is necessary to pull a form from the mold, but not to the extent that Columbia rounded everything. In our opinion, many of the old Columbia's lose a few points in looks for this reason. An exception would be the Columbia 50, where wooden toerails (instead of the usual rounded, molded fiberglass toerails) go a long way toward alleviating the impression of an amorphous, eggshaped structure.


Like nearly all production builders in the 1960s, Columbia used standard hull laminates of polyester gelcoat, chopped strand mat and 24-ounce woven roving. Columbia was a pioneer in developing what it called the "unitized interior," or fiberglass pan, in which the engine beds, stringers and furniture foundations are all molded. This pan is then "tabbed" to the hull with wet fiberglass and is presumed to provide the necessary stiffening.
Finish work goes quickly after such a pan is in place. Teak trim, cut and milled in the woodshop, is simply screwed into place. The cabinet doors, juxtaposed against the gleaming white pan, and ubiquitous pinrails are as telltale of the late 60s and early 70s as shag carpeting.
The hull-to-deck joint is unusual in that it incorporates a double-channel length of aluminum into which the hull and deck flanges are fitted top and bottom. It probably made good engineering sense, but given the complaints about leaking,  and the fact that this method, to our knowledge, has not been used by other builders, suggest it had its problems. Because aluminum has little or no springback, we imagine that bumping a piling could permanently "dent" this channel, causing leaks that would be very difficult to repair properly.
The deck was cored, and to finish the interior a molded headliner was glassed in. The old Columbia brochures are rather funny to read, showing as they do plant workers dressed in lab coats, installing winches, cleats and windows as if building a boat was no more difficult than assembling pieces from a kit. In fact, Columbia fomented this idea, marketing its boats in kit form and calling them Sailcrafter Kits.
The basic structure of the early Columbias was reasonably sound, and sold with a two-year warranty. That many of those boats are still around says something positive about general construction quality.
On the other hand, the boats were pretty much bare bones. No frills. But then, they were more affordable than a comparable boat today. We don't mind the opportunity to do our own customizing, but the interior pan limits what you can do.
Most readers responding to our Owner's Questionnaire rate the construction quality of the Columbia 36 as above average. No major problems were reported, though we do have some complaints of deck delamination. In all fairness, separation of the fiberglass skins from the coring is common in many older boats and should not be judged as a weakness peculiar to Columbia. But you should have your surveyor check the deck for soundness before buying.
Miscellaneous complaints include inadequate ventilation, need for a sea hood ("The companionway hatch is a joke"); various leaks at windows and hull-deck joint; and mainsheet and wheel poorly located. The brochure says the keels are lead, but at least one reader said his was iron.

The Columbia 36 was intended to be something of a hot boat when it was introduced. In fact, it was offered with a trim tab on the trailing edge of the keel for better control off the wind. A brochure credits the inspiration to the Twelve-Meter Intrepid's "lopsided defense of the America's Cup."
We don't know how successfully the boat was raced, but do know that its PHRF rating is about 162, making it just a hair faster than a Catalina 30 (168) and a Cal 34 (168). None of our readers indicate that they race. One said, "Built for comfort, not speed." Typical reader ratings for speed are "average" upwind and "above average" off the wind. Several note the importance of sail trim (true of any boat!); annoying weather helm (excessive weather helm is unforgivable, but we suspect there's always a few whiners in this department who must not understand that a boat without any weather helm is a bear to steer); and one reader noted that the spar doesn't bend much to optimize sail shape (bendy rigs weren't in vogue at that time).
The standard sloop rig doesn't carry a lot of sail. One reader said he had a "tall boy" mast, which presumably was available as an option, as was— surprisingly—a yawl rig.
The only unusual element of the Columbia 36’s interior layout is the placement of the chart table forward, opposite the head, rather than in its more common location near the companionway. Since radios and instruments are usually mounted near the nav station, we prefer it aft.
Overall, readers have positive remarks about seaworthiness, stability and balance. "The boat is a very good sailer," wrote one reader, adding that his boat "...has taken all Lake Michigan has to offer and never broken."
Most Columbia 36s were equipped with Atomic 4 gasoline engines. Several readers complain that the 30-hp. doesn't move the boat fast enough—about five knots. One reader had an Albin 20-hp. diesel. Another said engine access was very poor: "No room even to check oil."
Fuel tankage is 29 gallons; water is 44 gallons.


The layout of the Columbia 36 is standard, with a Vberth forward, U-shaped dinette amidships, and quarter berths aft. The sideboard galley puts the cook in the way of traffic, and the sink may have difficulty draining on port tack.
The most unusual feature of the plan is placement of the chart table opposite the head. This certainly isn't convenient to the cockpit for navigator-helmsman communications, but it does allow two quarter berths instead of just one. Readers note that the boat sleeps an honest six people, and tall ones at that. Headroom is listed at 6' 3".
Fiberglass interior pans tend to make for a rather sterilized appearance—the proverbial inside look of a refrigerator or Clorox bottle. We're not fond of them for several reasons: Pans restrict access to parts of the hull, tend to make the interior noisier and damper, and make it difficult to customize. But, that's the way it is with most production boats.


The Columbia 36 was a popular boat in the late 60s and early 70s, and still has its fans today. The basic structure is good. The interior is plain. We suspect that prospective buyers will find a wide range of customizing by previous owners. The quality of this workmanship will have a lot to do with your decision to buy or look elsewhere.
The BUC Used Boat Guide lists average prices for Columbia 36s ranging from about $25,000 to $33,000, depending on year and condition. Our original research showed those prices to be reasonably accurate. In today's market, you should be able to pick up a Columbia 36 in decent shape at a great price. One reader wrote, "The boat can be bought at bargain rates as it is the most underrated boat on the market."
Prices for all boats tend to be higher on the West Coast than the East Coast. Freshwater boats from Canada and the Great Lakes are most expensive (BUC Research says 25-30 percent more), and those in Florida and nearby states are the least expensive (about 10 percent less).
We think the boat represents an outstanding value for the person who wants the most boat for the least money. On the other hand, it suffers from the usual economies and slap-together techniques of large production builders. And the design is beginning to look a bit dated. We doubt that you'll make any money on the boat.

For more information please contact Ian Van Tuyl the yacht specialist. Please feel free to contact me at any time day or night and I look forward to hearing from you and hopefully earning your business.


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An Exclusive Look at the Classic 1968 Columbia 36 By: Ian Van Tuyl

Friday, December 1, 2017

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Onboard the Jeanneau 57 in 18 Knot Winds! By: Ian Van Tuyl


The Baja Ha-Ha Cruiser's Rally begins every year around the first of November in San Diego and ends in Cabo San Lucas. Some call the Ha-Ha a race, the organizers prefer to think of it as a Cruiser's rally so that no one has to feel bad about all the cruising junk on the decks.
This year represented the 22nd Baja HaHa which will begin on October 30, 2016, in San Diego and will land in Cabo on November 11 and the eventending November 12, 2016, in Cabo San Lucas with the "I survived the HaHa event.
The crowd of more than 180 registrants bodes a little better for the cruising season this year. Although far more boats come down independently of the HaHa, it is always a good barometer of the volume of tourists in the year to come.
The Baja Ha-Ha makes the 750 mile trip down the Pacific coast of our peninsula in three legs. The first goes from San Diego to Turtle Bay. Turtle Bay is just south of Punta Eugenia, the elbow in the middle of the west coast. It is a common refueling stop for both north and southbound cruisers and usually a pretty good anchorage for the large number of boats. In Turtle Bay, the contestants will enjoy a potluck supper.
Turtle Bay isn't much to look at anymore. Some years ago, the late '80s or early 90's as I heard) the tuna cannery closed and the population of the town dropped from about 10,000 to about 2,000 today. The rusting cannery and huge boilers from the steam plant are about all that is left of the industry that once powered the town. Things will continue to expand in that area, however, as Pacific development moves their way. Things have changed much I hear since I was there several seasons ago. Still, beware the "laundry scam". 
But the comradely is the thing, and by Turtle Bay, the bonds are beginning to form and the mutineers identified. For many of the participants this has been the longest leg they have ever sailed, and as any sailor who has been on a multi-day passage will agree, the third day out is the toughest.
The Potluck gives the crews a little liberty and time to explore the little town. For many, it is the first taste of 'real Mexico' as well. Small blocks cut with narrow dirt streets where the children play soccer and an occasional low-rider passes by. (yes, it's a little non-sequitur) Do beware the laundry scam, though. Cruisers anxious to get some of those mildew clothes off the boat will find the negotiated price changes on delivery.
The second leg of the rally is the jump to Santa Maria Bay. This is one of the most beautiful places on the Pacific Coast in my humble opinion. When we walked the beach there almost 6 years ago, we shared the 4km of white sands with a coyote and some of the largest sand dollars I have found anywhere. Cruisers really feel like they are reaching the tropics in Santa Maria as well, as it is one of the first places you see the Magnificent Frigates, with their 6-7' wingspan circling the bluffs overhead.
The participants get a day off there, in Santa Maria to explore and take a breather from the shipboard life. I highly recommend taking your camera and taking the short hike to the top of the bluff near the point. Looking back down on the boats in the blue-green water below makes a spectacular vista.
The final jump is about a 36hr leg to Cabo San Lucas, where the race ends and the party begins. An arrival night fiesta on November 8th kicks things off, as even the last straggler has usually made it into port by Happy Hour.
With the fleet of 140+ boats that will arrive in Cabo, if you don't have a marina reservation, you are probably going to be at anchor in front of Medano Beach. Having anchored there for years, I highly recommend doing so about 200-300 yards off shore in front of the arroyo. Take the time to set your anchor well despite the urgency of joining the party. The year we passed through two men were in such a hurry to get ashore the Mexican Navy retrieved their boat about a day later, some 80 miles out to sea.
On the 9th participants enjoy a Cabo Beach Party and on the 10th the awards banquet takes place on the marina's edge. It is a fun crowd and almost everyone I have spoken to about their experiences enjoyed it immensely. The advantages to participating are many. For a large number of the participants, it is their 'first time away from home'. The benefit of group support and a large number of helpful opinions when it comes to in-transit repairs is obvious. With the number of boats, you are likely to find other cruisers of your sect, tech-heads, old salts, sea virgins, families and more. Cruisers find and form their own little cliques and many form bonds that are enjoyed well beyond the end of the race.
On November 20th there will be a welcome party in La Paz for those who turn north into the Sea of Cortez.
There are some downsides to participating in the Baja Ha-Ha as well. The organizers of this event do a fabulous job from all accounts I have heard from participants. Yet 140 boats is a lot of boats. As I said above, many of the participants are sea (cruising) virgins. For them, it is very reassuring to have some of the veterans around who may have participated in 2 or more HaHa's.
Dragging anchors, wrapped head stays and worse do occur and can present a problem with such a crowd. Only Turtle Bay really has space to comfortably anchor that many boats and like a swarm of locust, they strip the little tiendas of food and prices go up for a few weeks following the passage of the fleet. Every once and a while, trying to maintain the fleet's schedule puts you to sea on days you might rather not.
The biggest single downside I see to participating in the Baja Ha-Ha is the amount of Baja you miss in between. Even today much of Baja's rugged Pacific coast can only be visited from the decks of your own boat.
When we sailed down in 2000 as a solo boat and departed San Diego on Christmas Eve. Christmas Day was spent in Ensenada and on the 26th we learned all about doing our own paperwork and checking in. Neither my girlfriend or I were particular 'joiners' and we had been training both physically and nautically for more than a year for a voyage that had intended to be longer than just the trip down Baja. I had been sailing for more than 30 years and had a few trans-Atlantic passages under my belt, so we had no qualms about doing the trip without a buddy boat or fleet.
We explored our way down the Pacific coast, spending a few days in San Quentin and exploring the estuary there. There is San Martin as well, an island obviously volcanically formed, that juts up like a black cone from the Pacific.
One of the most magical stops for me along the way was San Jerónimo Island, not much more than a large rock about 4 miles off the coast and just north of the famous Sacramento Reef, the graveyard of the Pacific. The tiny island is home to an old lighthouse and a tiny fishing camp. The lighthouse maintains it's authentic look but the equipment inside and the lighthouse keeper have been replaced by modern gear.
The amazing inhabitants of the island were the elephant seals. These enormous sea mammals make for a National Geographic moment that is certainly worth the photo opportunity. Do beware, though, these animals are not used to human contact, are WAY bigger than you and will charge to defend their young or territory.
When we stopped on San Jerónimo on December 31, 2000, we rounded north of the island, avoiding the reef passage in the first few minutes of the new millennium. It was a new moon night and with zero light pollution, we enjoyed a spectacular show as the dolphins raced through the iridescent rich waters around the boat. So bright was the illumination the sleek bodies of the dolphins appeared to glow and their swim trails could be seen hundreds of yards off into the calm night sea.
We met other 'pods' of cruisers along the way, some of whom I am still in touch with or run into around The Sea today. It is a deeply bonding experience.
We also took the time to dive and explore ashore in some areas. Cedros Island, for example, was once a watering stop for the Manila Galleons returning from the Philippine Islands loaded with treasure on their way to Acapulco, where it was mule trained across Mexico then ship bound for Spain. The now denuded islands were once covered in cedar trees, all cut down for spars and such over the years.
At the north end of Cedros on New Years night we traded a few cans of beer and a bottle of cheap wine to some partying fishermen for four of the biggest Pacific lobster I have ever enjoyed. In Santa Maria, we traded two company ball caps for several kilos of jumbo shrimp, direct from the gunnels of a shrimper. We hosted a shrimp-a-thon for our little fleet of 4 or five boats that night and had a memorable evening with new friends.
In all, it took us 28 days to sail from San Diego to Cabo, where as the Ha-Ha-ers cover it in 10. It's different strokes for different folks to be sure. Sailing solo might not be recommended if you are too green at the cruising life or if you enjoy the comradery and support of the group. But if you have the time and the huevos taking the time to explore the Pacific Coast is a rare opportunity I am thankful I didn't miss.
Either way, almost everyone ends up in Cabo San Lucas and for some, it's the end of the journey. For many, it is a place of goodbyes, with some cruisers headed to the mainland, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta and points even further south. For others, like myself, they take the turn north, up into the Sea of Cortez. You can spend years exploring the magic of The Sea or you might end up here longer - But as Homer wrote a couple of thousand years ago... The Journey is the thing!

Onboard the Jeanneau 57 in 25 Knot Winds! By: Ian Van Tuyl

Thursday, November 30, 2017

New Listing! 2007 Hunter 33 in Marina Del Rey

2007 Hunter 33

Taking its celebrated hull design from the proven running bottoms of its larger 41- and 44-foot sisterships, the Hunter 33 imparts the best in performance without compromising one inch of interior space, resulting in a top-of-the-line midsize cruiser that has it all. The deck of the Hunter 33 features an entertainment-ready cockpit with a drop-leaf table, surrounded by plenty of built-in seating for friends and family. The Hunter 33 is the ultimate cruiser in its size range, featuring world-class accommodations that are second to none. The aft master stateroom features a spacious double berth and abundant storage, while the forward cabin offers privacy for another couple. The U-shaped galleyonboard the Hunter 33 includes a Corian countertop, two-burner range, icebox and deep sink. The Hunter 33's salon offers expansive seating, a drop-down table and a navigation station. An easy-maintenance fiberglass head wraps up the outstanding Hunter 33 package. 

Keel: Fin
Hull Shape: Monohull

LOA: 33 ft 6 in
Beam: 11 ft 6 in
LWL: 29 ft 5 in
Maximum Draft: 5 ft 6 in
Ballast: 3459 lbs
Headroom: 6 ft 4 in
Dry Weight: 11016 lbs

Total Power: 29 HP

Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Yanmar
Year Built: 2007
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 650
Propeller: 3 blade propeller
Drive Type: Direct Drive
Engine Power: 29 HP

Fresh Water Tanks: (50 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: (25 Gallons)
Holding Tanks: (25 Gallons)

Number of cabins: 2
Number of heads: 1

Electrical Equipment
Electrical Circuit: 12V

Outside Equipment/Extras
Electric windlass
Recent Upgrades & Maintenance
Brand new Bimini 2013

New Cushions on back seat 2013

New Hatch covers 2014

Bottom paint 2014

Winches serviced 2014

New wind indicator 2014

New Radar reflectors 2015

New stereo 2015

New Radio Antenna 2016

New windlass and chain 2016

New Gennaker 2016

All new plumbing 2016

New foam; V-berth 2017

New macerater and bilge pump 2017

Sail Area
IJPE : 437.00 sq ft 
I : 37.33 ft 
J : 10.83 ft 
P : 36.50 ft 
E : 13.83 ft 
Working Sail Area : 625.00 sq ft 

Keel Details
Keel #1 
Keel Type: Shoal_Draft 
Ballast: 3579 lb 
Max Draft: 4.50 ft 

Additional Description
  • Cockpit Storage Lockers 
  • Flexteek? Cockpit Seats 
  • Halyard Stowage Wells 
  • Hinging Helmsman Seat 
  • Integral Cockpit Grab Rail and Fold Out Table 
  • Integrated Wheel Console Including: Lewmar? Direct Drive Steering System w/Single Lever Engine Control, Wheel Brake, Lighted Compass, & Stainless Steel Wheel Guard 
  • Manual Bilge Pump 
  • Walk-Through Transom 
Additional Description
  • AC and DC Electrical Outlets 
  • Chart Table 
  • Dinette Converts to Double Berth 
  • Everwear? Laminate Cabin Sole 
  • Fully Enclosed Head w/Shower & Vanity 
  • Handrails 
  • (2) Hanging Lockers 
  • Private Aft Cabin 
  • Private Forward Cabin 
  • Selected Hardwood Trim 
Additional Description
  • Built-In Trash Receptacle 
  • Corian? Countertops 
  • Gimballed Stove w/Oven 
  • Front loading refrigerator 
  • Stainless Steel Sink 
  • 2 Burner LPG Stove and Oven 
Additional Description
  • Automatic Engine Fire Extinguisher with Engine Shutdown 
  • Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarms 
  • Emergency Tiller 
Additional Description
  • 29 hp Volvo Engine with Saildrive and 2 bladed prop 
Additional Description
  • AC/DC Switch Panel 
  • Battery Charger ? 30 Amp 
  • Cabin Lighting CE Certification 
  • Deluxe Engine Panel w/Alarms & Hour Meter 
  • Dockside Power w/Cord 
  • 12V Battery Switches 
  • 220V Electrical System 
  • Electric Automatic Bilge Pump 
  • 50 Gallon (189 L) Fresh Water Capacity 
  • 25 Gallon (95 L) Fuel capacity 
  • 5 Gallon (19 L) Water Heater 
  • 25 Gallon (95 L) Waste Capacity w/Macerator Pump 
  • Hot/Cold Pressure Water System 
  • Multiple AC Outlets in Cabin 
  • Tank Gauges for Fuel, Water & Waste 
  • Navigation Light Package 
  • Volvo? 19 HP w/ Saildrive and 2 bladed prop 
  • Anodized B&R Backstayless Rig - Selden ? 
  • Boom Vang 
  • Dual Single Line Reefing System 
  • 110% Furling Jib w/Acrylic Suncover 
  • Inboard Jib Track w/Adjustable Cars 
  • Internal Halyards Led to Cockpit 
  • Jib Furling System 
  • Large Roach Mainsail w/Flaking System 
  • Mainsail Cover - Hunter Pac 
  • Mainsheet on Arch 
  • (2) Single Speed #16 Self-Tailing Winches w/Handles 
  • (2) Sets Triple Line Stoppers and Organizers 
  • Windex? Wind Vane 
  • Anchor Roller 
  • Anchor Well w/Space for Windlass 
  • Balanced Spade Rudder w/Composite Shaft 
  • Balsa Cored Hull Sides, Solid FRP Bottom & Structural Grid Reinforcement 
  • Bronze Through-Hull Fittings Below Waterline 
  • Dorade Vent 
  • Double Lifelines w/3 Gates 
  • (1) Fixed Port 
  • HKT Kevlar? Hull Reinforcement 
  • Integral Windshield 
  • Integrated Swim Platform 
  • Keel ? Antimonious Lead, Shoal Draft 
  • Maxguard? UV-Inhibited Gelcoat 
  • Molded-In Nonskid Walking Surfaces 
  • 360? Rub Rail w/Stainless Steel Insert 
  • (3) Opening Hatches 
  • (4) Opening Ports 
  • Stainless Steel Bow Pulpit 
  • (6) Stainless Steel Bow, Stern & Spring Cleats 
  • Stainless Steel Cockpit Arch w/Mainsheet 
  • Stainless Steel Deck Handrails 
  • Stainless Steel Stem Fitting 
  • Stainless Stern Rail w/Seats 
  • Stainless Steel Telescoping Swim Ladder 
  • Through-Bolted Hull/Deck Joint 
  • Accordian Window Shades 
  • Aft Mounted Jib/Spinnaker Winches w/Deck Tracks 
  • Air Conditioning 
  • Arch-Mounted Bimini ? Blue 
  • Arch-Mounted Mainsheet Traveler 
  • Bilge Keels (Cast Iron) 
  • Bottom Paint ? Blue 
  • Cockpit Cushions 
  • Cruising Spinnaker Gear 
  • Keel ? Deep (Antimonious Lead) 
  • Diesel Cabin Heating System 
  • Electric Anchor Windlass 
  • Engine Upgrade to 29 HP (21 KW) 
  • Epoxy Barrier Coat 
  • Freezer in Lieu of Icebox 
  • Keels - bilge (Cast Iron) 
  • High Bilgewater Alarm & Pump 
  • Hot/Cold Transom Shower 
  • In-Mast Furling System w/Rigid Vang 
  • Inverter 
  • Isolation Transformer 
  • Microwave Oven 
  • Raymarine? ST40 Depthsounder w/Alarm 
  • Raymarine? ST40 Knotmeter w/Log 
  • Painted Hull 
  • Propeller ? 3 Blade 
  • Raymarine? 4000 Autopilot 
  • Raymarine? GPS 
  • Raymarine? ST40 Knot & Depth 
  • Raymarine? ST60 Wind 
  • Refrigeration ? Front Opening 
  • Stereo w/CD Player 
  • Two Blade Folding Propeller 
  • Upgrade #16 Coachroof Winches to Lewmar #30 CST Winches 
  • w/Handles Upgrade 
  • VHF Radio 
  • VHF w/DSC & Stainless Steel Antenna 
  • Winch - Extra, Starboard Side of Companionway 
  • 29 hp Volvo Engine with Saildrive and 2 bladed prop

2018 Jeanneau Leader 33

The new Leader 33 benefits from a contemporary, sporty look that is the signature of the Leader line. This model is offered in two versions: an Open version with an arch, or a Sport Top version with an electrically opening hard top.
The spacious cockpit allows you to entertain in comfort and style. You will particularly appreciate the attractive exterior living area and clever layout of the cockpit saloon, where you can relax on the aft bench seat that transforms into a sundeck while sharing exceptional moments with friends and family around the table in the immense cockpit!
Below, you will be amazed by her interior volume and refined design. Long windows in the hull offer impressive sea views and bathe the interior in natural light. The functional layout lends itself to spending enjoyable moments on board: the galley features numerous storage solutions, and the head compartment offers a high level of comfort with a shower partition.
The modular saloon easily transforms into a beautiful private cabin with pocket door. With her generous living spaces, offering an entirely open layout by day, and a cozy atmosphere for greater privacy at night, the Leader 33 adapts to suit your rhythm and lifestyle!

For more information please contact Ian Van Tuyl the yachts specialist. Please feel free to contact me at any time day or night and I look forward to hearing from you and hopefully earning your business.


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The New 2018 Jeanneau NC-33

2018 Jeanneau NC- 33

The NC line benefits from a strong identity. The NC33 is entirely inscribed within the philosophy of these inboard models, cleverly combining the strengths for which the NC is renowned with the latest technological advances of the brand.
The new NC notably features an excellent hull design by Michael Peters.
With no steps, the interior layout meets the demands of the NC concept. Life on board is easy and enjoyable.
Designed for life on the sea, the NC 33 is very open to the exterior. Everything has been carefully considered for comfortable, harmonious cruising. Entirely secure, this new NC features wide, recessed sidedecks. The side door to the helm station facilitates movement about the boat and handling at sea.
The side access gate, a new feature for this line, is an undeniable advantage that improves access on board.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Place Your Boat into Charter!


What Savvy Yacht Owners Have Known For Years

Owning a new yacht is a great experience and the fun of owning it shouldn’t be diminished by the difficulty of paying for it. For years savvy yacht buyers have recognized that there is a completely legitimate way to significantly reduce the cost of owning a yacht by structuring ownership in a manner that allows you to write-off the purchase price of your yacht and deduct most ownership expenses (insurance, slip fee, maintenance) against your employment income. This can be done by placing the yacht in charter while still having it available for your use and following some basic tax law guidelines. In addition to providing a tax shelter, your yacht will also generate charter income to help offset ownership expenses.
Before reading on, we want you to understand that we are talking about placing your yacht in charter with a local charter company right here in California in a marina convenient for you. We’re not talking about placing a yacht in charter in some foreign destination (Caribbean, Mexico, South Pacific) where you will rarely have the opportunity to use it.
For an informative article on placing a yacht in charter in California read “Pros and Cons of Putting Your Boat in a Charter Fleet” by Managing Editor Andy Turpin in the July 2012 issue of Latitude 38.

Your Boat As A Business

First, let’s discuss the tax benefits of placing a yacht in charter and then we’ll discuss whether this will work for you. The key to understanding why yachts placed in charter can generate significant tax benefits is that these are the same tax benefits available to businesses for the purchase of business equipment. By placing your new yacht in a charter management program you are converting it from a personal asset to a business asset, essentially an equipment rental business. The relationship between you and the charter management company is structured so that you own the yacht and they assist you in managing your yacht rental business.
In recent years, Congress has significantly expanded the tax benefits available to businesses for equipment purchases in order to help stimulate the economy. These tax benefits are not available to people who own a yacht strictly for pleasure. While placing your yacht in charter changes the classification of it for tax purposes from a “personal” to a “business” asset, it does not prevent you from using your yacht.
At Cruising Yachts we have been placing new Jeanneaus and Hunters in charter for years and have seen these yacht owners reduce the costs of purchasing and owning their yacht by OVER 50% in many cases through a combination of tax deductions and charter income. Actual savings vary depending on the size of the yacht and the location in which it is placed in charter. Charter fleets in California and throughout the country, of which there are many with hundreds of yacht in charter, wouldn’t be in business if this arrangement did not withstand IRS review. Many of these charter companies have been in business for 20 years and longer.

Tax Shelter and Cash Flow Advantages of Charter Ownership

Here is a summary of the tax and income benefits available to the owners of new yachts purchased and placed in charter in 2012:
  1. Under Section 179 of the Internal Revenue Code, you can take a one-time expense deduction in the year of purchase equal to the purchase price of your yacht up to a maximum deduction of $139,000. This benefit is reduced for yachts priced over $560,000 (a subject beyond the scope of this article); plus
  2. You also can take a bonus depreciation deduction in the year of purchase of 50% of the amount of the purchase price over $139,000; plus
  3. You can depreciate the adjusted cost basis of your yacht (the balance of the purchase price after deducting the Section 179 expense deduction and 50% bonus depreciation deduction) over 10 years; plus
  4. You can deduct against your charter income and other employment income all ordinary and necessary charter related expenses including, for example, slip fees, insurance, repairs, loan interest, property tax, etc.; plus
  5. You will receive income from the charter of your yacht, the amount of which varies depending on the size of your yacht and the charter company you use.
As an example, on the purchase of a $350,000 yacht placed in charter in 2012, the total deduction available to you under paragraphs 1 – 3, above, is $265,600 resulting in a savings of $92,650 just in the year of purchase alone (assuming you are in the 35% tax bracket and can utilize the full deduction). To see how this deduction is calculated, see the Section 179 Tax Deduction Calculator.
This substantial tax deduction is an attractive tax planning opportunity if you are a highly compensated individual or receiving a large bonus or other large payment of ordinary income from active employment or the active conduct of a trade or business. It is not available to offset passive rental income, capital gains or IRA withdrawals.
AND THIS MAY BE THE BEST NEWS OF ALL..… the Section 179 and Bonus Depreciation deductions are exempt from the AMT calculation!

Professional Maintenance and Support

Placing your yacht in charter also is an excellent way to ensure that it will receive professional maintenance, service and care.  Yachts in a charter fleet typically are washed weekly and cleaned inside and out after each charter. Routine maintenance is performed on a regularly scheduled basis and damage promptly repaired.  For you, as the yacht owner, it means that you can spend your time sailing your yacht and not doing cleaning, maintenance and repairs.
Your charter management company will require that every charter customer demonstrate that they are qualified to operate the yacht being chartered in order to minimize the potential for any damage. Damage caused by a charter customer, up to the amount of the insurance deductible, is paid for by the damage deposit (cash or credit card) they make up front when chartering the yacht.

Is Charter Ownership Right For Me

In deciding whether charter ownership is right for you, ask yourself three questions:
  1.  Am I paying income tax on taxable wages or salary from my work or business?
  2.  Do I have a limited amount of time to use my yacht?
  3.  Am I willing to allow qualified people to charter my yacht when I’m not using it?
If the answer to these questions is “yes” or “maybe”, then charter ownership is something you should consider. The reality is that most people use their yacht once a month, on average, leaving the balance of the month available for charter. Besides, if the yacht is paying for itself, it relieves the pressure some people feel to be constantly using it because of the cost. This actually lends to the enjoyment of the yacht when they do use it.

The Next Step

Charter management companies across California are actively pursuing new Jeanneaus and Hunters to place in their fleet. These are very popular charter yachts. If you have an interest in learning more about placing a new yacht in charter, contact a member of our sales staff.  We understand that charter ownership is right for some people and not right for others, and we’re always glad to spend some time discussing it with you and answering your questions. If you decide to go ahead, we’ll help you select the yacht that is right for you and also help you place it with a reputable charter company in your area.  We’ll walk you through the entire process and you’ll find that buying a yacht and placing it in charter is an easy and enjoyable experience.

Two Final Caveats

Two final caveats we ask you to keep in mind:
(a)  We’re not tax advisors and are not able to give you advice on your specific tax situation. Everyone’s personal financial situation is different and you will need to evaluate the tax benefits of charter ownership for yourself and in consultation with your tax advisor.
(b)  Placing a yacht in charter won’t enable you to afford a yacht that is well beyond what you might otherwise be able to afford. As a rule of thumb, if you have the income to afford a yacht at a certain price level, you’ll be in a position to take advantage of the tax benefits summarized above, thereby significantly reducing your cost of ownership.If you have any questions or would like further information on purchasing and placing a new yacht in charter,  contact us.

For more information please contact Ian Van Tuyl the yachts specialist. Please feel free to contact me at any time day or night and I look forward to hearing from you and hopefully earning your business.


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Monday, November 20, 2017

2008 Hunter 31

Priced to sell!

Engine/Fuel Type:
Single / diesel
Located In:
San Diego, CA
Hull Material:

Current Price:
US$ 59,900 

Very clean 2008 Hunter 31 with rare transferable slip at Glorietta Bay Marina in Coronado, CA next to the Hotel Del and close walking distance to the village. Contact the listing agent for additional details.

Ian Van Tuyl

1880 Harbor Island Dr. Ste 200 
San Diego, CA 92101 
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2016 Selene 60 Trawler

Located In: 
San Diego, CA
Hull Material: Fiberglass
Current Price: US$ 1,950,000 

LLC Owned, Located in San Diego, CA 

The Selene 60 is a completely new design from an entirely new mold. The Selene 60 features a full-height engine room, European transom, and a full-width utility room for work, storage, electrical systems and washer/dryer. An expansive and functional flybridge layout has been incorporated to include a 10 person U-shaped sofa with a bureau for a BBQ, sink and a smaller refrigerator.

Striking in her design is her deck height which is significantly higher than her smaller siblings which provides much more head room in the cabin area and the engine room. The commissary features a separate washer and dryer, ironing board, wash basin and the entrance to the electrical room. In addition, the commissary acts as a sound barrier to the engine room. 
Behind the "walk through" engine room you will find the lazarette which is very spacious so that you can easily store tools, spare parts, diving equipment. 

The standard settee molded into the cockpit creates a gracious space for relaxation under way or at the dock. The European transom with inset swim platform puts the Selene 60 into the mini-megayacht class. An optional FRP hardtop enhances both the functionality and profile of this graceful yacht. The popularity of the Selene 60 has been proven since 15 boats have already been ordered even before the first yacht was completed.
The yacht displaces 57,5 tons. Built to Lloyd's Category A standards, the 60 has the range, strength, and stability to cross oceans. 

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