The newest yachts are generally of worse quality than older yachts.
When guests acquire for a yacht they often want the yacht to be as new as possible. Typical requirements are that they do not want a yacht older than 7 years, and there are more and more demands and that the yacht should not be older than 3 years.
In most cases these guests are absolutely right when they demand the latest yachts.
There are two main reasons for this.
The first reason is that yacht rental is a business. This is primarily a business for manufacturers of yachts and the banks that finance the yachts.
It is in their interest for the yachts to be repaid as soon as possible and to be released from use immediately after repayment so that the cycle would be repeated.
This means that the quality of new charter yachts, especially yachts produced after 2009, is very poor.
Another reason is that the yachts smaller than 55 feet are most often rented without a crew. Each boat is a story for itself and it takes time for a yachtsman to get acquainted with the features of a specific yacht.
Charter companies can not check the skills of a guest renting a yacht. The skipper license for yachts of up to 20 gross tones in Croatia is obtained after a one-day course in the classroom, without the candidate having spent a single day on the sea and let alone raising a sail.
Charter companies secure themselves by a deposit deposited by the customer and ultimately by the insurance policy. However, the yacht is normally rented throughout the season and if a yacht damage arises during that period, the charter company has very little time to “patch up” the problem and rent the yacht to the next guest.
In seven years the yacht passes through more than 150 hands, yachtsmen of different skills.
On the other hand, an older private yacht with a permanent crew can be incomparably better than the latest charter yacht, and it is more cost effective to rent.
Firstly, in sailing the important thing is the sailing equipment and the sails themselves. It is not worthwhile to install high-quality deck equipment on new charter yachts due to the short longevity of the yacht itself. However, with no quality deck equipment and sails, you can not sail seriously even if the yacht was built yesterday. Therefore it is often a much better enjoyment to sail on an older yacht than a new one.
Secondly, these new yachts are made almost without wood in the interior, most often with imitation wood.
There is a saying that says, when you build a house, let your enemy live in it for the first year, give it to your friend the second year, and move into the house for the third year. Experience says that it is not healthy to move into a new house due to harmful particles coming out of embedded materials and furniture.
In yachts made of polyester resins and artificial materials, the thing is even worse.
In older ships built from artificial materials, much more time has passed since construction and harmful vapors have long evaporated.
In addition, the older yachts, which are well maintained, have an interior built entirely of the highest quality wood. In such areas, it is comfortable, recommendable and healthy to stay longer.
There are yachts that fall into this category, these are special yachts. Each building, device or system can be designed and constructed in several different ways. Depending on whether our goal is the lowest price, highest quality, maximum functionality, maximum capacity, etc…
There are systems that are built so you are practically not asking for the price, where functionality is in the first place.
When we are talking about private yachts, it is often the case that cost of building them was not important, but that they built as the best yachts of that time. The greatest technical achievements were used in this construction and, most importantly, they included the best possible materials.
If you choose to spend a vacation on one of these unique yachts, apart from the superior pleasure of sailing, your money, instead of being transferred to a bank’s profit, will be largely used for the preservation and maintenance of nautical heritage.
The yacht Madiz was built in 1902 and it’s still sailing today.