Condo Owner

Volume19 Issue3 2015

Condo Owner publishes information vital to the business and pleasure of resort condominium ownership. Topics covered relate to real estate market trends, community association matters, rental management issues, tax and insurance updates and more.

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in finding the right vessel: working with a bro- ker—like Jones—who searches internationally for boats for clients or custom ordering. Battle's Rivercraft Marine in Panama City, Fla., sells a variety of boats (including pontoons, fishing boats and bay boats) and can custom order any of them. "We can customize any type of boat that we sell based on what the customer wants, whether it's the color, rails, flooring, motor, etc.," said shop owner Alan Battle. "The sky is the limit. And it usually just takes about six weeks for the boat to come in." Determine Storage Another major consideration before purchas- ing—especially if your vacation home is a con- dominium—is where to store the boat. While some condominiums have wet slips, that typi- cally isn't a long-termed solution. "I would say that if your boat is 35 feet or smaller, it should be dry docked or put on a lift, and many condos don't allow or have that option," said Brian Wells, manager of Sportsman Marina. There are numerous marinas along the gulf coast, such as Sportsman Marina, that are a viable alternative to leaving a boat at a condo or hauling on a trailer. Sportsman Marina offers dry storage, wet slips, a restaurant, and laundry service. They also take on some of the hassles of ownership by offering other services such as maintenance and cleanup. "We just need one hour notice and we can have your boat fueled up and ready to go with whatever items you need, such as sodas, ice, coolers and bait," said Wells. "Then just let us know when you'll be back in with your boat and we will pull it out of the water, wash it, flush the engines and do whatever else is needed. Most of the time, at the end of a fun day, you don't want to deal with the routine maintenance and cleaning. We can easily extend your boating day by a couple of hours since you don't have to worry about get- ting back in time to get the boat out of the water and cleaned yourself. We do it all for you." Non-Ownership Options If the required maintenance, care and cost of a boat are too much to handle, there is another option. Boating clubs like Freedom Boat Club allow water enthusiasts to get out on the water and behind the wheel without actual ownership. "When you purchase a boat, you purchase a condo owner V O L U M E 1 9 • I S S U E 3 46 explore

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