The Mediterranean Sea is not an open ocean; it benefits from a mild climate and gives us access to so many countries around the basin from Morocco to France, Italy, Greece, Egypt and even Turkey.
Visiting these locations on ones own boat must be one of the most enjoyable adventures available to us, but how many of us have actually tried it or even considered it? For the less adventurous, living on a boat or going out to fish or quite simple just spend a few leisurely hours off the coast is an equally pleasurable experience.
For these reasons we have decided to start this marine section with the assistance of Atlas Marine. We hope you will enjoy it and help us to make it grow for everyones benefit.
Atlas Marine has been steadily evolving into something of a focal-point for boating activities in the southern Costa del Sol area, situated in picturesque Puerto de la Duquesa. Principally a boat brokerage, with current listings ranging between 6 and 25 metres, Atlas also offers a range of associated services, like boat care, maintenance, repairs, training and so on, assisting clients with virtually all aspects of nautical life.
If you are looking to buy a boat for the first time, one of the questions frequently asked is about the actual buying process; values can be fairly significant and are usually only eclipsed by a house purchase. Add the fact that a boat is generally more complex than a house, as well as being outside the comfort-zone for first-timers, and you have a potential minefield for the unwary.
Buying through a reputable Broker makes the whole process a lot simpler and can take out all the worries of how to negotiate the best deal, how to arrange a survey, organise sea trials and even manage re-negotiations, depending on the outcome of surveyors findings. And, of course, theres also the financial side to consider whos best to handle the money?
The process takes time to manage, as do the expectation of both the seller and the buyer and sometimes its good if the two never meet as there can be some character differences!
If buying a boat is something you are contemplating and if you would like a copy of our top-tips for buying, just contact Atlas Marine. They will be delighted to help you find the right boat for you and your family and manage the deal on your behalf, including the vital handover so you know how it all works!
Fairline 50 - 1987 Price: £98,750
Recently significantly reduced from £125,000 to £98,750, this boat has 3 good sized cabins + crew
cabin, 2 bathrooms and a great galley and saloon / dinette area. She is well cared for and was completely
re-upholstered during 2004, including interior wood re-varnish, new carpets and more. She was antifouled
and serviced in July this year and so is ready to go With a huge cockpit, flybridge and foredeck she is
a fabulous boat for spending time in Med-climes and her excellent interior layout is light and airy - ideal
for spending time in comfort aboard. This is a great opportunity to acquire a very spacious boat for an excellent price.
De Biot Schooner - 1977 Price £99,000
Built by the French yard, Chantier Naval de Biot, in 1977, this is an exceptionally well-presented and maintained
schooner-rigged yacht in aluminium. She has been in her present ownership since 1996
and has cruised to the West Indies, The Canaries, UK, Greece and the rest of the Med. She is used as a
live-aboard, so all the equipment is regularly in use and up-together. Melanie is fully part-1 registered in
the UK and VAT paid. Viewing is essential to appreciate the condition of this vessel, which is ready to be
used straight away by a new owner.