Inspiration Marine Group company brochure

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Your partners for every aspect of boat ownership

Buying a new boat is a significant decision for anyone, no matter what type, brand or size. As a team, we are committed to supporting you through that journey and making sure it is enjoyable from day one.

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We are delighted to introduce you to Inspiration Marine, the brands we represent and the services we offer.

We are passionate about our partnerships with some of the leading names in the sail, motor and catamaran markets and believe they have much to offer. We hope you feel intrigued enough to explore them with us.

Whether you’re in search of a new boat, looking for a professional yacht brokerage, or want reliable care for your vessel, our friendly and knowledgeable team is here to provide a warm welcome and expert guidance.

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We have an established network of offices across the UK where you will find a warm welcome and a friendly, professional approach to buying or selling.

With our Head Office in the UK’s sailing hub of Hamble, we are easily accessible by road, rail or air from most of the UK. For those based further north, our two offices in Scotland cover some of the UK’s most breathtaking sailing areas. If you enjoy boating outside of the UK, we also have a network of partner locations across Europe including France, Spain, Netherlands, Croatia and Slovenia.

Hamble Point Marina

Our Head Office lies at the heart of Britain’s South Coast boating scene. Based at Hamble Point Marina at the mouth of the River Hamble, we are ideally located for easy access to the Solent. With good road links from the M27, A3 and M3, we are also only nine miles from Southampton Airport offering both UK and EU connections.

Kip Marina

Kip Marina is Scotland’s premier marina for those considering exploring the Clyde and Western Isles of Scotland. With 600 protected berths and a 50 tonne hoist, restaurant, chandlery and various on-site services, Kip Marina has a huge amount to offer. It is only 21 miles from Glasgow airport with national and international flights.

Rhu Marina lies in a picturesque location on the north side of the Firth of Clyde. The marina has 235 deep water berths, 35 swinging moorings and can accommodate 140 boats ashore. Easily accessible from Glasgow and north of the Clyde, Rhu is a great location from which to explore some of Scotland’s finest sailing.

Operations Across Europe & Beyond

Over the past 25 years we have regularly delivered new boats to the Mediterranean and beyond, with a network of trusted partners and support agents in both technical and logistics. Some of our more recent delivery locations include France, Spain, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Greece, Malta, The Caribbean and Thailand.

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We are proud to represent some of the finest brands in the sail, power and catamaran markets, all of which have a reputation for exceptional design, construction and performance.

Discovering the perfect boat is a special journey, and we understand that there’s no ‘one size fits all’ approach.

That’s why, over the years, we have dedicated ourselves to building a brand portfolio that embodies the perfect blend of innovative design and superior craftsmanship. If you are yearning for a spacious cruising yacht, a sporty performance cruiser, a luxurious bluewater catamaran, or a headturning motor yacht, let us show you what our brands can offer.

Our primary focus is to help you find the boat that aligns perfectly with your needs and aspirations. To achieve this, we take the time to understand what truly matters to you. You can count on us for honest advice and expert guidance throughout your decision-making process and beyond, irrespective of whether this is your first boat or one of many.

As you navigate through the following pages, you’ll gain an insight into each of our brands and what they stand for. We take immense pride in representing these world-leading brands, as we firmly believe they are the best in their respective markets.

To explore more about each brand and their extensive range, we invite you to visit our websites or get in touch with us today.

Your dream boat awaits.

A person’s ideal time spent on the water can mean very different things. With our many years of experience, we can help guide you to find the boat that best suits your lifestyle and sailing plans.

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Hanse Yachts have a well-earned reputation for their high build quality and innovation. These outstanding yachts are a delight to sail either single-handed or with family and friends.

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Hanse Yachts need no introduction, as they have earned a well-deserved global reputation for their award-winning design and premium build quality. One of the most well-known names in yachting, Hanse has consistently led the way in innovative yacht design since the launch of the first Hanse 291 model in 1993.

As cruising yachts they are renowned for their comfort and ease of handling, making them perfect for short-handed or family sailing. Each Hanse features a self-tacking jib and all lines cleverly run back to the cockpit for effortless control.

The Hanse construction techniques of hand-laid hulls, laminated bulkheads and structural subframes result in a yacht that is strong and stiff, ensuring reliable and safe sailing in all conditions.

Every Hanse offers a diverse array of layouts, options and finishes to allow you to configure the perfect boat for your sailing plans.

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Hanse 460


The new Hanse 510 is a stunning testament to the brand’s commitment to cutting-edge design and exceptional craftsmanship.

One of the latest models from the new Hanse & Berret-Racoupeau design relationship, it exudes elegance and style. The spacious and thoughtfully designed interior offers a luxurious haven for sailing enthusiasts.

The performance is equally remarkable, with advanced hull technology and engineering, ensuring smooth handling and precise control. Its innovative features, like the self-tacking jib and lines led back to the cockpit, make it easy to sail singlehandedly or with a small crew.

The Hanse 510 embodies a perfect blend of comfort, performance, and sophistication.


LOA 15.97m 52’5” / Hull 15.25 m 50’

Beam 4.91m 16’1” / Draft 1.98m 6’6’’

Water 450L 119 UK gal

Fuel 200L 53 UK gal

Displacement 16.94 t 37,346 lbs

CE Category A / Max. persons 12

Engine Standard 80 hp

Engine Option 110 hp

Explore the Hanse 510

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A Dehler is purpose-built for discerning sailors with a passion for the sheer thrill of sailing.

Can you recall the moment when you first fell in love with the art of sailing? With a Dehler, you can experience it all over again. Drawing from a distinguished heritage, every model possesses a pedigree that stems from their renowned family name. With the expertise of Karl Dehler at the helm, each boat in the range strikes a perfect balance between high-performance sailing yacht and luxurious cruiser.

Dehlers are a testament to the very essence of a performance cruiser: fast and exciting to sail but without the usual compromise of comfort. These yachts deliver both these attributes in abundance.

Gone is the compromise of a performance boat or a comfortable cruiser – the Dehler range delivers both.

Dehler 38 SQ
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The Dehler 46SQ represents the pinnacle of the Dehler range, seamlessly combining high-performance sailing with luxurious comfort and cutting-edge design.

From the moment you lay eyes on the 46SQ, her striking appearance leaves a lasting impression. The sleek lines of the hull, distinctive square-top mainsail and optional carbon rig immediately indicate her capabilities.

The carefully curated living spaces deliver elegance and sophistication, providing a warm and inviting ambience. The layout is designed to maximise comfort and practicality, making long voyages or extended stays at sea an absolute pleasure.

The Dehler 46SQ offers something special to seasoned sailors seeking to push the boundaries of their sailing adventures, as well as families who want to split their time between cruising and more serious sailing.

If you are seeking something a little more from your next boat, the Dehler 46SQ should be on the shortlist.


LOA 14.94m 49’0”

Hull 13.95m 45’9”

Beam 4.35m 14’3”

Draft (Std) 2.25m 7’5’’

Water 450L 119 UK gal

Fuel 210L 55 UK gal

Displacement (Std) 11.5 t 25,353 lbs

CE Category A / Max. persons 12

Engine Diesel 57 hp

Explore the Dehler 46SQ

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Dehler 46SQ

The latest range of DS models from the drawing board of legendary designer Bill Dixon are the next evolution in the Moody story.

Building on 150 years of history, with a reputation for excellence in design and manufacturing, Moody is one of the most illustrious names in the sailing yacht industry. With a range that now focuses entirely on the deck saloon concept, these are the perfect bluewater cruising yachts. Whether you intend to point your Moody at the horizon or simply enjoy time aboard with family and friends, you can be confident that your Moody has been engineered to look after you.

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The ability to fully enjoy your surroundings from the comfort of the saloon adds a dimension to your time aboard that is impossible to quantify.
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The Moody DS41 is the latest evolution of the deck saloon concept with a design that floods the interior with natural light and offers panoramic views of the surrounding seascape. The spacious and well-appointed living spaces are all onelevel, making it an immensely sociable boat when underway or alongside.

Built to the highest standards for longrange cruising, the Moody DS41 delivers a smooth and effortless sailing experience. Its innovative deck layout and efficient sail plan ensures sailing performance and easy handling with all the options and systems you would expect.

Below deck, the Moody DS41 provides versatile accommodation options, offering comfortable cabins for guests and a luxurious master suite for owners. There is an extensive options list allowing you to tailor the specification to your sailing plans.

The Moody DS41 stands as a testament to craftsmanship and quality of the Moody name. She is a beautifully balanced boat and offers something truly unique to those looking to spend extended periods of time onboard.


LOA 12.52m 41’1” / Hull 11.99m 39’4”

Beam 4.20m 13’9” / Draft 2.14m 7’0’’

Water 475L 125 UK gal

Fuel 210L 55 UK gal

Displacement (Std) 11.5 t 25,353 lbs

CE Category A / Max. persons 10

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Explore the Moody DS41

Every FJORD is designed to look fantastic on the water, but in a competitive market of walkaround motorboats, the range offers much more than just head-turning looks.

From the drawing board of Patrick Banfield, the renowned designer responsible for the Wally Tender, each FJORD delivers outstanding sea-keeping and performance in all conditions. Robust engineering is at the heart of the design, giving a driving experience deserving of her Scandinavian heritage.

The new XL range delivers more interior volume, a host of configuration options and one of the largest T-Tops available.

Whether you simply want a spacious and luxurious dayboat to hop from bay to bay, or a walkaround with space to weekend with friends and family, the FJORD range will steal your heart and your head.

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FJORD 44 Coupé

FJORD were the pioneers of the open walkaround concept; the new XL range delivers on this brief but with a host of new features that make time onboard more enjoyable than ever.

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The newest member of the FJORD family is the breathtaking new flagship, the FJORD 53XL. Designed to further build on the overwhelming success of the FJORD 41XL by developing the Xtra Living ethos, the 53XL offers a spectacular experience to owners and guests alike.

At a little over 16.7 metres LOA with a beam of 4.8 metres, the feeling of space onboard as you would expect, is vast. Incorporating a new T-Top style with bulwark-mounted pillars, the sense of openness and freedom on deck is evident from the moment you step onboard.

As always, the details matter – a tender bay for a Williams 285 with winch and a hi-lo platform make exploring the coastline of your favourite destination a breeze, whilst the deck-mounted galley


The 53XL offers every option you would expect on a boat of this calibre: stabilisers, tender garage, a hi-lo bathing platform… and, of course, the option for a personalised paint scheme.

offers a number of configuration options including fridges, freezers, BBQs and icemakers to ensure your day onboard is fully catered for.

Below deck there is the option of two double cabins, both with en-suites, plus a third crew cabin which can also be used as storage with further domestic appliances.

Despite her size, the 53XL is a joy to handle. She is pushed along by a pair of Volvo IPS-700s or 800s giving a top speed in excess of 30 knots and with joystick control, bringing her alongside is a doddle. The 53XL is truly something special.



LOA 16.70 m 54’ 9”

Hull 14.50 m 47’ 6”

Beam 4.79 m 15’ 9”

Draft 1.37 m 4’ 5’’

Water 390L 86 UK gal

Fuel 2160L 475 UK gal

Displacement 17.8 t 39,242 lbs

CE Category B

Max. persons 18

Engine Standard 2x Volvo Penta IPS-700

Engine Option 2x Volvo Penta IPS-800

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RYCK Boats are named after the river in Greifswald linking the Hanse Yachts factory to the Baltic. All of Hanse’s boatbuilding expertise has gone into designing the perfect sports explorer.

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Combining great looks, sporty handling and a safe, practical design is very rarely achieved so perfectly in such a small package, but the RYCK 280 delivers all this and more. Designed to offer a host of options, layouts and configurations to suit your usage, you can explore further than ever before.

There have been no shortcuts with the RYCK 280 –building on a superb Bill Dixon hull, you have all the same standards of German engineering that goes into every Hanse Group boat.

Explore the coast, bay hop and spend the night anchored up, or head out for some water sports! Explore

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the RYCK 280

The RYCK 280 is the first in a new line of adventure boats from the master of yacht design, Bill Dixon.

Built by Hanse Group, the RYCK 280 includes all the engineering qualities you would expect from the German manufacturer and is designed to offer more comfort internally than is often available at this size.

With a choice of outboard engine options, layouts, finishes and on-board conveniences, the RYCK 280 can be specified to suit your boating plans.

The hull and performance is perfectly balanced and immensely forgiving, making for a safe, comfortable ride. That said, a few turns of the wheel will have the boat carving through the waves to thrill you and your guests.

Comfortable for a weekend exploring the coastline and perfectly suited to a day out with family and friends, you can do it all with a RYCK 280.


LOA 9.51m 31’2” / Hull 8.80 m 28’10”

Beam 2.81m 9’3” / Draft 0.91m 2’12”

Water 88L 19 UK gal

Fuel 300L 66 UK gal

Displacement 2.07 t 2,205 lbs

CE Category C / Max. persons 8

Engine Option 250 – 350 hp

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Performance. Luxury. Carbon construction. HH Catamarans are designed to withstand the rigours of sailing around the world in speed, comfort and style.

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With a range spanning from 44 to 88 feet, utilising carbon fibre and the latest construction techniques, HH Catamarans are the ultimate fast cruising, performance multihulls.

Every model in the HH range is designed for those seeking a catamaran that will eat up the miles when on longer passages whilst ensuring those on board are accommodated in ultimate luxury.

If you have any doubts as to the strength and sailing ability of an HH, just take a look at them racing in St Barts – flying a hull is not for the faint-hearted, but fortunately these incredible yachts have so much more to offer than just pure speed.

A true bluewater cruising boat, the award-winning HH range are extraordinary multihulls.

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The new HH44 is the latest model in the range and is designed for those seeking the perfect balance of style, performance, safety and innovation.

Conceived to be a family-friendly cruiser with a host of options on offer, the 44 can be specified in either Ocean Cruising (OC) or Sports Cruising (SC) guises.

Offering a Diesel/Electric Parallel Hybrid propulsion system (EcoDrive) and a classleading 4000+ watts of solar mean you can escape as far off grid as you wish and still remain totally self sufficient.

Beyond the technological advancements is a blend of practicality and luxurious design that delivers a host of features and benefits: folding transoms for easy access and a secure cockpit, adjustable helms for protection and visibility and hidden lines and flush-mounted hatches to limit trip hazards are to name but a few.

Internally, the craftsmanship is evident the moment you step onboard with a carefully selected palette of woods, fabrics and finishes to create something truly personal. Discover the evolution of yachting with the incomparable HH44.

HH44-OC (Ocean Cruising)

The HH44-OC is a fast, comfortable cruiser that skews toward ease of operation for bluewater cruising. It features an aluminium mast, e-glass longeron, white gelcoat finish and mini-keels as standard instead of daggerboards.

HH44-SC (Sports Cruising)

The HH44-SC integrates the very latest in race boat technology but remains equally as comfortable as a family cruiser. This is a ‘no-compromise-boat’ with carbon daggerboards, carbon rig, painted hull, 4,232 watts of solar and the HH EcoDrive as standard equipment.

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LOA 15.15 m 49’ 7”

Beam 7.15 m 23’ 5”

Draft OC 1.52 m 4’ 11’’

Draft SC 1.1m – 3.0 m 3’ 7” – 9’ 10”

Water 400L 88 UK gal

Fuel 550L 121 UK gal

Displacement 8.75 t OC / 9.4 t SC

CE Category A – Offshore

Engine OC 2x Beta 30hp

Engine SC 2x Beta 30hp + 2x 10kW parallel Hybrid Drives

Explore HH Catamarans

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The Privilège name is synonymous with craftsmanship, luxurious design and bluewater cruising capability.

A new Privilège is not just another hull in a long line of production models – almost every one is unique and has been tailored specifically for the owner’s requirements.

The design and build process with Privilège is as much a part of the experience as actually taking delivery. You will have the opportunity to input into the layouts, equipment and features directly with the yard and see your vision take shape.

If you are seeking a semi-custom catamaran to cruise the world or explore the Caribbean or Mediterranean in total comfort, then a Privilège is for you.

Each new Privilège is a joint venture between the shipyard and the owner to create individually tailored luxury catamarans.

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The Privilège Signature 580 sets new standards for a highly capable and spacious home on the water. One of her distinctive features is the master cabin’s direct access to the deck, offering an unrivalled connection with the surrounding elements.

Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, this catamaran epitomises elegance and durability. Designed for both leisurely cruising and adventurous ocean crossings, she ensures exceptional comfort even in the most challenging conditions.

Moreover, this extraordinary catamaran provides a range of customisable options to suit individual preferences. The choice between a galley up in the saloon or below deck offers flexibility for seamless entertaining. Additionally, it offers the versatility of up to four guest cabins or the provision for crew quarters.

With a spacious layout, masterful craftsmanship, and ability to withstand oceanic voyages, she promises an unrivalled experience for those seeking the finest in open water adventure.

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LOA 18.65 m 61’ 2”

Hull 17.90 m 58’ 8”

Beam 9.18 m 30’ 1”

Draft 1.75 m 5’ 9’’

Water 390L 86 UK gal

Fuel 2160L 475 UK gal

Displacement 29 t 63,934 lbs

Displacement (full) 35 t 77,162 lbs

CE Category A

Max. persons 12

Engine Standard 2 x 75hp / 55kw

Discover the Privilège 580

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Michael Schmidt & Partner is our sister company and one of the UK’s longest-established Yacht Brokerages. Operating together from the same offices across the UK, we provide a complete end-to-end sale and purchase service to our customers beyond new boat sales.

Our professional, friendly team deliver an exceptional brokerage service with enthusiasm and dedication. We adhere to the highest ABYA and British Marine standards to look after the interests of all parties.

Should you be searching for your next boat, the team will always be happy to chat through our current listings and to share their boating knowledge and experience to help find the right boat for you. If you can’t find ‘the one’, we’ll utilise our extensive database of owners to try and source her for you.

As part of the Inspiration Marine Group, Michael Schmidt & Partner are perfectly placed to leverage their 25+ years of experience and knowledge of the new boat market.

We pride ourselves on going above and beyond for our clients and look forward to supporting you on your next boating adventure.

See all our current listings at

I have recently sold my yacht via MS & P and could not have wished for a better experience. The staff are all industry experts and know the market really well. High quality service from start to finish.

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Multimedia marketing
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High Quality photography
Interactive 360˚ Tours



Video walkthroughs

For busy buyers, or those that live further afield, a video tour is often the best way to show off the unique features and condition of your boat.

We are able to point out additional upgrades that you may have added, or bespoke extras that would appeal to a buyer.

Professional photography and drone footage

Great photography is the cornerstone of every listing, and we take care to achieve the best possible presentation of your boat. With a team that includes professional photographers and some of the latest high-end equipment, your boat will have never looked so good.

The 360˚ experience

Our 360˚ tours allow potential buyers to enjoy an interactive viewing experience from the comfort of their own home.

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With over 100 years of combined industry experience, you can be confident in our ability to achieve the best market price for your boat. You can rely on us to communicate clearly at every stage of the process.

Effective presentation

At Michael Schmidt & Partner, we ensure that your boat listing appears in the most popular publications and is promoted on the key online portals. They will be boosted, enhanced and promoted to maximise the opportunity of being seen by the highest number of people.

With your boat in front of the right audience, we make sure to capture their attention with high quality photography, drone imagery and 360˚ tours. We also undertake comprehensive live remote viewings to assist interested buyers who are further afield.

SEO optimised website

Our website is designed to rank highly on the major search engines when entering key search terms. With multimedia content our specifications are highly engaging, and visitors are able to download their own detailed specification document directly from every listing page.

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Looking after your interests

Once our marketing reach has found a suitable buyer, our experienced team will help to negotiate an acceptable offer and draw up the paperwork to ensure a smooth process for both seller and buyer.

All our yacht brokers are ABYA certified, and we operate to the ABYA code of practice to ensure each sale is managed effectively and professionally, whilst protecting the interests of both parties.

A sound foundation

When you are party to any transaction involving significant sums of money, you want to know those acting for you have suitable systems and processes in place.

In addition to our ring-fenced client banking, we are FCA certified, undertake comprehensive anti-money laundering checks and invest heavily in our IT security, so you can rest assured you are in safe hands.

Our marketing partners

All listings are placed on the leading websites and are regularly featured in top magazine titles.

What is included in the MS&P Standard Brokerage Package?

ABYA qualified Yacht Brokers

Friendly, professional and knowledgeable team

Accurate market appraisals using up-to-the-minute market data

High quality presentation, photography and marketing

RCD, VAT and Title documentation checks

Professional indemnity insurance

Survey assistance and post-survey negotiation

ABYA Sale and Purchase contracts

Ring-fenced client banking

Professional sale conveyancing with specialism in complex title transfers


As a boat owner, you will know the importance of keeping on top of regular maintenance and our Service Team are on hand to help you manage all aspects of regular and ad-hoc service work, repairs and upgrades.

Servicing & Maintenance

With our 20+ year relationship representing Hanse Yachts and their respective brands, our knowledge of the models is second to none. Many of our clients choose to bring their boats back to us for our Winter Service package as it offers the opportunity to discuss how the boat is performing, investigate possible upgrades and deal with any minor issues before they develop.

If you don’t own a Hanse Group boat but are still looking for a reliable, friendly and professional team to look after your pride and joy, we are still more than happy to help. All our service work is customised to your boat, so we will discuss the various maintenance tasks and come up with a plan that fits your needs and budget.

Our trusted supply partners include:

Spare Parts & Upgrades

We have access to a wide range of spare parts from all the major component suppliers across the UK and Europe, and in addition to our skilled in-house engineering team, we have a network of trusted specialists covering electronics, propulsion, paint & GRP, generators, air conditioning, rigging, sails and much more.

If you are thinking of making some upgrades to your current boat, from a simple electronics upgrade to a full-scale refit, come and have a chat about how we can help manage the project for you.

Contact us to discuss your requirements: +44 (0) 2380 457008


Finding the perfect place to berth your new boat is always a big decision so we have put together some things to consider when picking a new marina. If you are looking for a new berth, we have access to some broker-only deals with some of the main marina operators featured below, so give us a call and let us help you find your new boat her new home.

Wherever you are thinking of keeping your new boat, either UK or Overseas, many of the key decisions will be the same: how close to home do you want to be, or how close to an airport if abroad? Are you looking for a vibrant location or somewhere peaceful to relax? Are the yard services on site adequate to support you and the boat?

For many people, finding a happy medium of all these points will be key so before you start exploring marinas, always consider:

• Distance from home/airport

• Tidal/non-tidal

• Services on site: engineers, riggers, shops, bars etc.

• Provision of fuel and pump-out facilities

• Lift-out and hard standing for the winter

• Reliable electrical supply

Whilst this is not an exhaustive list it should then help narrow down a shortlist to investigate in more detail.

It is always worth trying to visit a new marina and have a walk around, especially if it is not one you know well, to get a good feel for it. In Hamble, for example, our Head Office is located in Hamble Point Marina at the mouth of the River Hamble. This gives access to Southampton Water and the Solent within 15 minutes, ideal for those who want to get on their boat and head straight out on the water.

As one of the MDL Group Marinas, the 230 berth marina has a great selection of services on site along with plentiful hard standing and a 75t hoist. There is also a restaurant and bar on site and it is only a 20 minute walk to Hamble Village.

As a contrast, for those seeking a little more tranquillity, Mercury Yacht Harbour further up the River Hamble is hard to beat – away from the busy village centre and surrounded by countryside, the marina offers a much more laid-back location despite being slightly bigger than Hamble Point. The trade-off is of course a slightly longer motor down the river to get to the Solent but on a beautiful sunny morning, it doesn’t feel too arduous.

Overseas Moorings

If you don’t quite know where to berth your boat, we are pleased to work closely with a number of berth brokers who can help you find the perfect overseas mooring.

All our specialists are totally independent and will chat through the locations you are thinking of and be able to give some background on the benefits of each location, helping you to find the best fit.

With a huge selection of berths to rent or buy in the UK and Overseas, they will help you find the best spot in your favourite marina.

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We asked Tim, owner of Hanse 460 ‘Mahana’ to share his extensive boat-buying experience, and any advice he has for those embarking on this adventure themselves.

Tell us about your sailing background. What got you into sailing, where have you sailed, what do you enjoy about it?

The first time I set foot on a yacht was an invite to a corporate day at Cowes Week. I’d never sailed before and had no interest to do so. I spent the day in the Solent with all the other corporate guests throwing up in a Force 9. At the end of that day all the others got off the yacht saying they will never get on a yacht again – I went home grinning and knew I had to have my own yacht. So, my background, before buying my first yacht was absolutely zero. I am now some 10,000 miles into my log book – with 99% of that being solo – and all of it in the North Sea and the English Channel.

What boats have you owned to date?

I took delivery of my first yacht (a new Hanse 385) in 2013. I then purchased a new Hanse 458 and have just taken delivery of my third new Hanse, my pride and joy, the Hanse 460. So in 10 years I’ve had three new Hanse yachts.

What attracted you to the Hanse range initially?

Before deciding on the Hanse 385 as my first yacht, I can remember doing the rounds and test sails with all the major modern production yacht manufacturers. I instantly fell in love with the modern interior design of the Hanse and what appeared to me to be the simplicity of sailing and solid feel to them. Remember at the time of placing the order for the 385 I had no idea how to sail, so I wanted a yacht that would be easy to sail, solid build, modern lines and a clean apartment style interior. Hanse ticked all boxes – and the other brands didn’t. There was something else which was important to me – being a sailing virgin – and that was the ‘feeling’ I got from the firm I was buying from. What support would I get? You guys at Hanse / Inspiration Marine trumped all the others. Three Hanse yachts later, I know I made the right decision on the 385 some 10 years ago.

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You have just taken delivery of a new Hanse 460, your third Hanse – tell us a bit about what attracted you to that model?

Twin head sails, the hard top, solar, lithium, living space and ease of sailing. The permanently rigged twin head sails really caught my eye. I’d wanted this set up for a long time. And with ability to hoist a third downwind sail – you have every angle covered. I expected the hard top would transform the cockpit and it has literally doubled the usable space in all weather, at anchor or in a marina. The hard top is fully loaded with solar as I wanted to be off grid.

Having now spent some time at the helm with her, what are your first impressions?

She is so fast! SOG is constantly above the standard specifications. The ease of sailing her single handed – well I guess that was no surprise to me having had the 385 and the 458 previously. All the things that attracted me to the 460 (the twin head sails are a dream) the cockpit with the hard top transforms the yacht. And as for that solar, you can literally throw the shore power cable away. I’ve not connected her to shore power since taking delivery. Oh and one last thing –she is solid – you feel super safe.

Do you have any advice or guidance for those looking to buy a new boat?

Do the rounds, do the test sails, do all of that. But remember when you settle on your preferred brand and model, you are not just buying a new yacht. Especially if it’s your first yacht, remember you are buying the support, advice and time of the dealer supplying it. None of that less tangible stuff gets listed in any contract, so follow your gut and go with the dealers you sense will be there for you years after hand over day. I’d suggest getting that bit right is as important as the yacht itself. You guys at Hanse gave me that feeling 10 years ago – and three yachts in I reckon my gut was right about you and your team.

Finally, what are your sailing plans for you and ‘Mahana’?

Kick around the English Channel this season (work keeps getting in the way!). Next year I should be clear from the shackles of work, then head south until the butter melts and see where I end up. That’s the current plan anyway – unless you ruin it by launching another faster, sexier Hanse that I have to come back and buy! | 43
Follow your gut and go with the dealers you sense will be there for you years after handover day. I’d suggest getting that bit right is as important as the yacht itself.


If you are considering a new or used boat purchase, the method of funding the purchase will certainly be a consideration. Marine finance is available on new and used vessels and can be surprisingly flexible.

Marine mortgages and loans overview: How do they work?

Similar to a house mortgage, you will own the boat and the lender will place a charge on the boat via the MCA Ships Registry. The boat will need to be Part 1 Registered, which is generally undertaken by the lender directly with the MCA – in a nutshell, it is the Land Registry equivalent for boats.

What terms are available and are the terms flexible?

Loan terms are normally available between 4 – 15 years depending on the price and age of the boat you are considering, and can be issued in GBP or Euros.

CGI Finance offer flexible loans and allow you to inject lump sum payments at any time or settle in full without penalty at any stage. Loan to value is typically 70% of the purchase price of the boat, but you can always choose to have lower LTVs should you prefer.

When are the funds released from the lender?

For a new boat, the funds will be requested at the point the boat is completed so any deposits required in advance of this will still need to be funded. If you are buying a used boat through our Yacht Brokerage, the drawdown date will be as close to the completion of the sale process as possible.

What happens when we want to sell or change boats?

As the finance is secured on the vessel, it is vital that it is settled as part of any sale process and if you are using our Yacht Brokerage to handle the sale, then we will undertake this on your behalf. The Broker will, with your permission, contact the lender to obtain a settlement figure and ensure the finance is cleared as part of the sale, giving the new owner peace of mind, and you confidence, that the finance has all been cleared correctly prior to completion.

Our Finance Partner

We are pleased to offer our clients the opportunity to have a no-obligation discussion with CGI Finance and their team of experienced professionals to establish if marine finance is the right choice for you.

To find out more contact:

Debbie Swann, Sales & Relationship Manager

CGI Finance 01590 610689

CGI Finance offer the services of a team of marine specialists to provide a flexible and individual response to your enquiry. These financial solutions are adapted to your requirements. Inspiration Marine Group Limited is a broker not a lender and is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority with FRN 670759. We will not charge you any fee for any introductory service as we will receive payment by way of fees direct from CGI Finance. The amount of fees we receive from CGI Finance does not vary depending on the features of the loan and this payment does not affect the amount payable under the terms of the loan agreement. Terms and conditions apply. Any loans will be subject to a customer approval, a satisfactory affordability assessment and a good credit history. A security will be placed over your boat in the form of a mortgage. Your boat may therefore be at risk if you do not keep up the repayments on your loan.

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Terms and conditions apply. Loans will be subject to a customer approval, a satisfactory affordability assessment and a good credit history. A security will be placed over your boat in the form of a mortgage. Your boat may therefore be at risk if you do not keep up the repayments on your loan.

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With over twenty years of experience insuring all sorts of boats all over the world, Dean Shaw from Gallagher Marine Insurance gave us his thoughts on some key areas to consider when insuring your boat.

Valuation Basis

You should insure your total purchase price. ‘Agreed-value’ policies (the best ones) pay the ‘agreed-value’ in the event of total loss; this figure needs to be based on your financial involvement in the boat. Happily, insurers are wise to the recent rise in boat prices and have come up with a number of options to bridge the gap between purchase price and replacement cost by the time she’s delivered.

Lithium Batteries

Insurers are comfortable with Lithium battery systems fitted by the manufacturer during build or retro-fitted by professional marine electricians – if retro-fitting, your insurer may ask for a copy of the final invoice. Lithium outboards are also no problem provided the manufacturers’ instructions are followed, but some Lithium powered water-toys will attract special terms and conditions.

Rigging Inspections

As rigging technology has improved, insurers are reluctant to apply hard-and-fast rules where rigging is concerned. New yachts are exempt from rig inspections but insurers are taking a more risk-specific approach; carbon rigs will need inspecting much more regularly than their aluminium brethren – a transAtlantic and/or serious racing campaign may also be a trigger.

Racing and Events

Many insurers will cover Round the Island Race entry without additional premium. However, reflecting a poor general claims experience, premium rates for competitive racing and off-shore events have risen significantly.

Underwater Damage

For motorboat owners the most likely big claim is underwater damage. There’s all sorts of flotsam out there; even the most experienced owner can’t beat some barely visible detritus at 30 knots. However, on this crucial issue not all insurance policies are made equal. Some apply increased excesses for underwater gear claims, others reduce settlement amounts in line with the boat’s age – some insurers do both. Be sure to check this with your broker.

Top Tips:

• Sailors tend to benefit from lower premium rates – they tend to have slower accidents!

• Motorboat owners should pay attention to how underwater gear claims are handled/settled and compare the policies on offer.

• ‘All-risks’ and ‘agreed-value’ is the best cover and will cost a bit more. Whilst gathering quotes be aware of any that look a lot cheaper than the rest as there is normally a reason.

• Keep all your purchase and service receipts to be able to prove maintenance history.


The Firth of Clyde, located on the west coast of Scotland, offers an idyllic playground for sailing enthusiasts. With its stunning scenery, diverse coastline, and rich maritime history, this picturesque stretch of water has captivated sailors for generations.

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From charming coastal towns to world-class marinas, the Firth of Clyde offers a range of attractions and experiences for both seasoned sailors and those new to the sport.

One of the major attractions of the Firth of Clyde is its breathtaking natural beauty. The waters are surrounded by rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, and picturesque islands, making it a paradise for sailors seeking stunning vistas and peaceful anchorages. Arran, the largest island in the Firth of Clyde, is a popular sailing destination. Its dramatic mountains, ancient castles, and charming villages provide a captivating backdrop for any sailing adventure.

The Firth of Clyde is also home to several excellent marinas, catering to the needs of sailors. If you are considering a location to base yourself from, Kip Marina is only 45 minutes from Glasgow Airport with great road and rail links. The marina offers excellent facilities, including a well-stocked chandlery, and you will receive a warm welcome from Ian, the Marina Master and his team.

Sailing events are a prominent feature of the Firth of Clyde’s maritime calendar. One of the most prestigious events is the Scottish

Series, an annual regatta that attracts sailors from across the UK and beyond. Held in May, this thrilling competition showcases the best racing in the Firth of Clyde. The event not only offers exciting sailing but also provides a vibrant social scene, with festivities and celebrations lasting throughout the weekend in the beautiful village of Tarbert.

Another popular event is the Fife Regatta, dedicated to preserving and celebrating classic yachts designed by the renowned Scottish boatbuilder William Fife. Held every few years, the regatta brings together a striking fleet of historic and beautiful vessels, providing a unique opportunity to witness the grace and elegance of these timeless yachts.

While exploring the Firth of Clyde, sailors should not miss the intriguing attraction known as the Sugar Boat (inset left). The Sugar Boat is a historic wreck that has become a popular diving and snorkelling site. This ship was originally a sugarcarrying vessel that sank in the early 1970s, and over time it has transformed into an artificial reef teeming with marine life. Divers can explore the wreck, discovering its hidden nooks and crannies, and observe the vibrant underwater ecosystem that has taken root.

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For those looking to explore a little further afield, sailing the West Coast of Scotland offers a breathtaking adventure amidst rugged landscapes, pristine waters, and a rich tapestry of history. From charming villages to majestic landmarks, here are our favourite picks for sailors seeking both natural beauty and cultural exploration.

Oban: Gateway to the Isles

Situated on Scotland’s west coast, the town of Oban serves as an ideal starting point for any sailing expedition. Known as the “Gateway to the Isles,” Oban boasts a picturesque harbour, where visitors can witness the hustle and bustle of fishing boats and yachts. Don’t miss the chance to explore the legendary McCaig’s Tower, a Colosseumlike structure that provides panoramic views of the surrounding islands. In the town, indulge in fresh seafood delicacies and experience the warm hospitality on offer before setting sail further up the west coast.

Mull: Nature’s Magnificence

Cruise to the Isle of Mull, a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. Mull offers awe-inspiring landscapes, charming villages, and stunning seascapes. Explore the picturesque Tobermory with its colourful waterfront houses, quaint shops, and vibrant arts scene (location for the much-loved children’s programme ‘Balamory’). Witness the grandeur of the Isle of Staffa, famous for its unique basalt columns and the enchanting Fingal’s Cave. Mull also serves as a gateway to the Isle of Iona, a historic and spiritual site with its ancient abbey and peaceful atmosphere.

Skye: Majestic Landscapes

Continuing northwards, the Isle of Skye beckons with its dramatic landscapes and mystical charm. Sail along the rugged coastline and witness the magnificent cliffs of Neist Point and the iconic rock formations of the Old Man of Storr. Explore the enchanting Fairy Pools, a series of crystal-clear waterfalls and pools nestled in the picturesque Glen Brittle. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the stately Dunvegan Castle, the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland, and learn about its fascinating history.

Islay: Whisky and Wildlife

Head south to the Isle of Islay, renowned for its whisky distilleries and diverse birdlife. Explore the world-famous distilleries such as Laphroaig, Lagavulin, and Ardbeg, where you can learn about the whisky-making process and sample some of Scotland’s finest single malts. Nature enthusiasts will delight in the abundant birdlife, including rare species like the chough and the imposing white-tailed eagle. Take a stroll along the beautiful beaches and soak in the serene atmosphere of this charming island.

Sailing the west coast of Scotland is a voyage of discovery. Each destination along this enchanting coastline promises unique delights that will leave sailors with unforgettable memories.

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