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Big, bold, beautiful: there’s more to buying a boat than the ‘three B’s’

Wayne Shepherd, General Manager of Mourjan Marinas, shares his top tips for first-time buyers


October 29 2013 – Muscat, Oman – When purchasing a yacht many first-time buyers give in to the allure of the ‘three B’s’: as big as budget allows, a bold engine and beautiful bodywork.

But more often than not, first-time buyers overlook the finer detail essential to making sure a purchase is a sound investment.
What first seems like a good deal can actually end up costing more in the long-run. Wayne Shepherd, General Manager of Mourjan Marinas – the region’s leading marina management company – shares his top tips to making a successful purchase:

Buying a boat is one of the best purchases you will ever make – if done correctly. Buying a boat introduces you to a whole new lifestyle with so many benefits that you can’t put a price on, like spending more quality family-time together,” comments Wayne.

“Shop around and monitor the market for a few months. We recommend buying new to avoid any hidden pitfalls that may come with buying second-hand, if budget permits. A bit like buying a car, if purchasing second-hand, buyers should thoroughly check its history before committing to a purchase and, importantly, don’t be afraid to ask to take it for a test drive.”

“For larger purchases, consider working with a professional broker, one who will help with identifying potential boats in line with your requirements as well as assessing its value for money. Brokers are experts at knowing the market, and will be able to advise precisely to your needs. They are also highly-adept negotiators.”

“Build a checklist of things to look for, or if in doubt, hire a professional surveyor who can give your vessel a thorough assessment. Corrosion to the bodywork, shabby interior finishing and broken equipment are basic indicators of poor upkeep and maintenance. Expect its engine to look just as bad,” advises Wayne.

“Insurance is a must. Buying a boat is a big investment so, like your car, adequate, comprehensive insurance is essential.”

Wayne also encourages prospective buyers to consider not only what the boat will be used for at the time of purchase, but its future use:
“Think long-term. Your boat will require maintenance, but think about the long-term aspect of owning a boat. Are you looking for a smaller yacht for you and your partner on the weekends? Or should you be thinking about purchasing something larger for your future family vacations?”

“Of course, maintenance is essential to preserving your boat’s lifespan. Consider storage carefully – marina or dry storage. There are many benefits to marina storage, such as speed of access to go boating, and it’s also a fantastic place to go and relax on your boat.”

The Gulf is well-endowed with marinas located just a short distance away from picturesque cruising destinations. Mourjan Marinas Almouj Marina is a popular berthing spot situated in the heart of The Wave, Muscat. Less than 20 nautical miles away lies the uninhibited Damaniyat Islands. The islands are home to marine life including more than 100 species of tropical fish, dolphins and the rare Hawksbill turtle. Secluded bays fringed by white sandy beaches and glittering waters, the islands offer boaters the chance to unwind in complete tranquility.

“Here in the Gulf, trade boat shows also provide an excellent platform for assessing what is available and for how much. Even if you decide to buy second-hand, shop around for new vessels first to understand what’s available in the marketplace. “You’ll soon ask yourself what you ever did before owning a boat!”

The first edition of the Qatar International Boat Show (QIBS) 2013 will take place from the 12-16 November at the Mourjan Marinas Lusail Marina, located within Lusail City. For details visit:

The increasingly popular Dubai Pre-Owned Boat Show also returns 21-23 November at the Dubai Creek Marina, located at the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club. For more details visit:

Wayne’s checklist for buying a boat:
– Ask around. Speak to other boat-owners, marina management staff, surveyors and brokers wherever possible. Where possible, get a second opinion.
– Think ‘new’ even if budget doesn’t permit. Looking at new models will help you to identify the key factors and considerations to look out for if buying second-hand.
– Identify your needs. Are you ‘buying for the now’ or thinking long-term? Maintenance costs can build and replacement costs can be expensive.
– Buy accordingly. Take into account what your boat will be used for, as whether you plan on fishing, doing water-sports or leisurely cruising, there are different qualities to look out for to ensure optimal performance from your vessel.
– Buy something that you like. As with any investment, you will gain the most from your purchase if you genuinely like the vessel you are purchasing.

Almouj Marina adds omanoil fuelling station giving yacht owners enhanced convenience

The Wave, Muscat’s five star marina partners with Oman Oil Marketing Company to open filling station in Q3

Khalil Abu Jaber, Troy Hart and Wayne Shepherd

Muscat, Oman, 12 August 2013 – Oman’s premier yachting destination, Almouj Marina – located in the prestigious The Wave, Muscat development – will open a fuelling station this summer in partnership with Oman Oil Marketing Company (omanoil).

Visitors to the marina will soon be able to enjoy greater comfort and peace of mind with the added benefits of the station, which is set to be completed in August this year. The fuelling station will serve Almouj Marina’s customers with greater convenience, providing both diesel and benzene fuels.

The fully marinascaped destination, managed by Mourjan Marinas, boasts comfortable amenities, state-of-the-art facilities and is home to Oman Sail sailing school.

Abdullah bin Khamis Al Shidi, Deputy CEO of The Wave, Muscat, said: “We are pleased to see this latest facility added to those already in place at Almouj Marina. This is an important step in enhancing the services on offer at the marina – the heart of The Wave, Muscat community.”

“Almouj Marina is becoming a popular stop-over destination with visitors and a base for boaters from Oman all enjoying its amenities in close proximity to neighbouring islands especially during summer” Al Shidi added.

Wayne Shepherd, Marina Operations Manager at Mourjan Marinas, commented: “Since the soft opening last year, the Almouj Marina team has worked hard to deliver unbeatable service and value for customers. We’re pleased to be able to partner with omanoil on the addition of a fuelling station, which makes another strong offering to Almouj Marina’s customers and visitors.”

The fuel station is being built within a designated fuelling area and all fuel will be provided by the nation’s fuel and lubricants provider of choice, omanoil.

Hussain bin Jama Al Ishaqi, General Manager of Retail, Fuel Cards and Regional Offices at omanoil said: “Almouj Marina is growing into one of the social hubs at the heart of the city. Our filling station at the marina is the ideal platform to reach customers with our signature products and services. We continue to align our retail network expansion with the nation’s development projects to enrich the customer’s overall experience with the added benefits of convenience and world-class care.”

The Almouj Marina upland fuelling facility accommodates three 45,000 litre tanks, a delivery area, an office housing the control and monitoring equipment and full CCTV surveillance.

Boaters at Almouj Marina can enjoy The Wave, Muscat’s extensive facilities including waterfront cafés and restaurants, supermarket and the Greg Norman-designed PGA Links golf course, Almouj Golf.

The marina can accommodate yachts between 10 – 65m in length, and has 120 of 400 modern floating berths completed in the first phase, which started operations in Q4 of 2012, with golf cart service to and from berths, as well as Mourjan Marinas’ signature concierge service providing guests with a luxury marina experience.

The Wave Muscat welcomes first boats at Almouj Marina ahead of autumn opening

Boaters enjoy free berthing in the run up to grand opening New Marina Manager appointed

Hanan Baza and Khalil AbuJaberMuscat, Oman 14 August 2012 – The Wave, Muscat, has announced that its award-winning Almouj Marina is now welcoming boats and is offering complimentary berthing special ahead of its Autumn grand opening.

With the first 120 berths now complete, Almouj Marina is being developed with state-of-the-art facilities by The Wave, Muscat. Extra wide walkways will lead boaters to on-water lounge areas, while a golf cart service to and from berths will be available. The marina will also become home to Oman’s leading sailing school, Oman Sail, and their roster of exciting events.

Wayne Shepherd, General Manager, Marina Operations at Mourjan Marinas IGY, said: “The Almouj Marina is now open at The Wave, Muscat, and looks set to become the premier marina destination in Oman. We’ve carefully developed every detail to ensure that Mourjan Marina IGY’s renowned global expertise is felt in the design and build of the marina, and also in its lifestyle offerings, which our company prides itself on.”

The Wave, Muscat has recently appointed new Marina Manager, Khalil AbuJaber. Mr AbuJaber will be responsible for the full operations management of Oman’s flagship marina, overseeing the day-to-day management of the facility and continuing to deliver the trademark world class service associated with Mourjan Marinas IGY. He joins The Wave, Muscat with 11 years of experience, working most recently in Aqaba, Jordan for Talabay, where he amassed solid experience managing cross-functional teams, providing and enforcing the highest standards at the popular Red Sea holiday destination.

Almouj Marina also welcomes Hanan Baza who joins the marina after working at Al Masood Marine and Engineering Division, Abu Dhabi. She brings with her a wealth of expertise from years spent working in the yacht management industry in the region.

Troy Hart, Vice President for Asset Management at The Wave, Muscat, said: “Khalil and Hanan are all-round outstanding candidates with considerable experience in the marina and hospitality industry. We look forward to having them on board, delivering the highest standards of services and facilities for our customers at Almouj Marina.”

The marina also welcomed its first yacht earlier this summer, captained by Briton John Gay: “The retail and food and beverage offerings in the marina’s vicinity are great,” said Mr Gay. It’s clear that every need has been catered for. The location is excellent and the entrance is very accessible, whilst being well protected from any ocean surges due to the well built breakwater, making it ideal for the monsoon seasons. I’m delighted to be one of the first captain’s to moor my yacht, the Al Ghanem in the marina.”

The marina can accommodate yachts between 10 – 65m in length, and has 120 modern floating berths completed for the 2012/13 yachting season. The fully marinascaped destination includes signature traits shared by other Mourjan Marina IGY-managed facilities, including five-star concierge, chandlery and yacht management services. Almouj Marina also offers boat cleaning and maintenance packages, including deck wash for all yachts.

Located within The Wave, Muscat, boaters have easy access to The Wave’s Greg Norman-designed signature golf course, Almouj Golf, as well as the chance to take in some of Oman’s breathtaking natural scenery.