The Philippines’ 7,000 plus lush islands make it the perfect country to own a boat. Powerboats can take you away from the busy city to the middle of the sea where you can drop your anchor and just forget about the rest of the world for a while.
The country’s boat and yacht industry is at its infancy but many are seeing the growth and potential in the rise of new high-income earners. These are the leaders of enterprises who work hard and enjoy the finer things in life such as a well-earned vacation on their private boat.
When it comes to yachts, you have the option to choose between a sailboat and a powerboat. Each one comes with its own advantages. For example, a sailboat is incredible eco-friendly and comes with a cheaper engine while a powerboat is faster and more convenient to navigate. Your choice should be based on your personality, requirements, and limitation. For this article, the focus is on powerboats—its different types and the factors you need to consider before deciding which one best suits you.
Types of Powerboats
Powerboats come in all shapes and sizes, depending on your needs and preferences. Europa Yachts Philippines, the authorized dealer representing 5 of Europe’s most acclaimed boat builders, offer a variety of powerboats and motor yachts for sale in the Philippines.
Recreational Trawlers – Traditionally, trawlers are the fishermen’s boat but recreational trawlers are now available for families and friends who want to enjoy private island tours, fishing, partying, and more. While trawlers are not the fastest powerboats out there, they are one of the most fuel-efficient vessels you can find. What’s more, trawlers are roomier than other boats. You and your family can even comfortably live in one for extended periods of time.
A great example of a recreation trawler you should consider is the Swift Trawler 35. This trawler is designed and built by famed French boat builders, Beneteau. It features two powerful IPS 600 engines with beautiful but practical interiors to boot.
Cruisers – Cruisers vary in lengths from 21 to 45 feet. They usually feature a cabin that fits a couple or a small family. In most cruisers, you can even find a small galley where you can prepare food for your guests. This luxury speedboat is all about intimate moments with your closest loved ones. In terms of performance, cruisers can get you faster from point A to point B in relative luxury and comfort.
Now, if you’re in the market for a top-of-the-line cruiser, the Montecarlo MC6 should be the first on your wish list. This cruiser was actually voted as the “Boat of the Year” in the Motor Boats Awards for the “Flybridge Up to 60-Feet Category.”
Catamarans – While most boats are mono hulls, catamarans feature dual parallel hulls. The design makes the boat inherently more stable without much of the sway that you can expect from typical boats. The hulls are connected by a bridge, which usually contains the cabin or living area. These boats are wider, allowing more room for passengers to mix and mingle. More importantly, catamarans are fast and fuel-efficient as well. The downside is that they also tend to be more expensive than other powerboat options.
When it comes to catamarans, Lagoon leads the pack. In fact, the company has built nearly 4,700 sail or motor-powered catamarans, offering a range of 25 different models. Since 2003, such output range has raised the brand to the rank of a world leader in building catamaran cruisers. Europa Yachts offers 2 of their best models for the Philippine market—Seventy 8 and 630 MY.
Points to Consider When Choosing a Powerboat
Since a boat is such an expensive investment, probably more than your car or house, you want to get the best boat that suits your lifestyle and budget. Here are a few points to consider before making a final decision.
Purpose – There are many reasons why people buy a boat. The most obvious one is for recreation purposes. However, you also need to consider the activities you’d like to do such as water sports, fishing, entertaining, and so on. Will the boat be big enough to entertain clients or a large number of guests? Does it have the features that allow you to use it for water skiing or kite flying? Will you be comfortable enough to take it on long trips? These are just some of the key questions you need to answer.
Budget – Even if you were a millionaire a hundred times over, you’d still want the best value for your money. Buying a second-hand boat is worth considering because of the added features you can get with a brand new one of the same price. Having said that, you still have to take into account the cost of renovation and repairs. Will you really save money buying a fixer-upper or will the total cost be the same as a brand new one? Owning a boat will not only cost you the initial investment. Mooring fees, insurance, and maintenance are just some of the regular expenses that you have to expect with this lifestyle.
Customization – Consult with your dealer, architect, or boat builder about your expectations. You want a boat that reflects your personality and one that caters to your needs. Planning while maintaining an open line of communication with your architect will help prevent costly mistakes and ensure that all parties are on the same page of realizing your vision for the boat.
Mooring – In the Philippines, there’s a considerable lack of marina infrastructure. You have to make sure you have an accessible and secure parking spot for your powerboat. Currently, the 2 major marinas in the country—Subic Yacht Club and Manila Yacht Club—are reportedly full. Fortunately, the country has other marinas located in Palawan, Cebu, Puerto Galera, and Davao. You have to know if the marina is able to accommodate the size of your powerboat or motor yacht.
If you’re ready to make your dream of owning a powerboat a reality, contact Europa Yachts today. From ordering to after sales services, they can help you in every step of the process. The company develops long-term and genuine client relationships to fulfill their commitment to ensuring customer satisfaction.