Your Expert Guide to Investing in the World’s Best Sailing Locations

7 June 2021

Christie’s International Real Estate affiliates and a top superyacht broker share everything you need to know about buying a made-for-yachting home in the U.S.A, the Caribbean, or Europe

What are the prime considerations for a yacht owner house-hunting in the globe’s most exclusive sailing locations? Should you aim for a home with a dock, or one with easy access to a full-service marina? Is an offshore mooring reached by tender a good compromise, and what should you know about the great waterfront playgrounds of the U.S.A., Europe, and the Caribbean before buying?

Chris Cecil-Wright, founder of renowned superyacht brokerage Cecil Wright & Partners, explains that the location often depends on the craft. “While you can berth any size of yacht in a private mooring, you should consider more than just its length. Width to accommodate the beam is equally important in terms of accessibility, as well as draft and tide in waterways connecting to the ocean.”

According to Forbes, superyacht sales remained strong in 2020 and an uptick in sailing vacations is to be expected throughout this year and next—all great reasons to be based in a location that offers easy access to the water. Image: Getty Images

Then there’s also the question of setback—the allowable distance from the property line. “Just because you have 100 feet (30 m) of river frontage, you shouldn’t assume it’s big enough to dock your yacht,” Cecil-Wright points out. “And even if it is, is there access for crew and maintenance workers without them having to come through your house?”

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