The number of passengers or sailing crew
The handling of the vessel
The stability of the vessel
The final item you’ll be able to inspect in a potential new boat during a test cruise is the stability of the vessel. Models are made differently and come in different shapes and sizes. To begin, you can attempt to place most of the weight on the craft to one side to see how it handles or leans to that one side. At a standstill, you’ll also be able to test the roll period of the vessel where you see how long it takes it to roll over from one side to the other and then back again. This will give an indication of whether the craft is stiff or tender and how it will handle on rough water.
Before you buy your dream boat, contact Tabor & Mentone to check on availability of chartering your potential model. We provide charters anywhere in the world, where you’ll be able to put your pending purchase to the ultimate test before you break out your pocketbook.