How to Buy An Offshore Cruising Boat Seminar

An in-person seminar about the ins and outs of boat buying and insurance in today’s market

How to Buy An Offshore Cruising BoaT SEMINAR



In this seminar you will learn what the current state of the boat market is, how to navigate the purchase process, and the experience needed to gain insurance in the ever changing times. Hear inside tips from industry experts on how to find the right boat for you. This seminar will walk you through selecting a yacht that is ideal for cruising and analyze current market examples of prices and trends.

Selecting and Purchasing a Yacht

  • When to purchase
  • Boat cost, size and age
  • Where to purchase
  • How to find your boat
  • Selecting the right boat
  • Boat purchasing options
  • Purchase process
  • Regroup repair and outfit

Boat Design

  • 10 Types of Cruising Boats
  • Negative design aspects to avoid
  • Keel types
  • Aft vs. center cockpit
  • Steering position
  • Transom
  • Rig: sloop, cutter, ketch
  • Engine

Boat Construction

  • Hull construction material
  • Tank material
  • Bulkhead attachment
  • Deck construction
  • Hull to deck joint
  • Mast support
  • Chainplate load transmission
  • Steering system and position

Current Prices & Market Trends

Learn about current market trends and prices. Including some real-world examples of boats for sale.



John Neal

John Neal’s 400,000 offshore miles include six Cape Horn roundings plus expeditions to Antarctica, Africa, Australia, and Spitsbergen. Since 1976, John’s passion has been sharing his ocean cruising knowledge through 204 sail training expeditions aboard Mahina Tiare III, a Hallberg-Rassy 46 and various other yachts. John is author, co-author or contributing author of 17 books including Log of the Mahina. When John’s not at sea leading sail-training expeditions he teaches Mahina Offshore Cruising Workshops and offers boat purchase consultation services. Details on


Saturday, October 14th, 2023 - 1:00PM - 4:00PM ET
The Federal House - 22 Market Space, Annapolis MD 21401

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