When choosing your very first yacht, you need to consider quite a lot of factors. Fishing is a highly personal sport; this is the reason why a custom luxury yacht is the way to go. You can tailor-fit the yacht that will be perfect for the kind of sport you like. Companies like Mikelson Yachts can give you that option, but if you aren’t willing to wait, they can liaise with boat owners or companies selling ready-made yachts as long as you keep in mind the following factors.
Buying a yacht can be a sizeable investment, but even if you have loads of cash, buying the biggest is not always going to be the best. Aside from the expenses of maintaining a large boat, the size of the boat will determine how many people it will need to run. If you are looking for an adventure for one or two people, you will be better off with a smaller, more efficient yacht.
If you intend to use your yacht to get out into the big blue sea, you will need a yacht that can handle the typical weather and other challenges that running offshore will present. On the other hand, if you are planning to stay strictly within sight of the shore, a smaller yacht will do nicely.
Most sport-fishing yachts use V-hulls, but there is much to be said for the power catamaran because it is much more stable in rough weather than V-hulls and uses fuel more efficiently, a major factor when offshore fishing. If you want the option of going farther out, you may want to consider a power catamaran design over the more popular V-hull. If you’re having a hard time deciding, make a test run with both types of yachts to see what works best for you.
Fuel Capacity Issues
Again, how far out you intend to go will determine what fuel capacity you will need. The advertised capacity of a particular yacht may seem ample, but that’s not considering how added equipment will affect the overall weight of the yacht which will affect fuel consumption. The heavier the load, the more fuel you will need to move. An experienced builder will be able to give you recommendations, but don’t hesitate to get a second opinion to make sure you get it down pat.
Hull Draft Specifications
With larger yachts in shallow water, the hull draft may become an issue because you don’t want to damage the hull by scraping the ground. Find out from the manufacturer what the depth is when the yacht is fully loaded with the outboard motor is down and accelerating from a standing start, at which point the draft will be at its peak. With these specs in mind, you will known up to what point you can bring in your yacht.