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Old 02-14-2006, 07:15 AM   #1
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Opinions please! Are the claims from the charter companies to good to be true or too good to pass up?

We are planning to sell everything and cruise the world in the next few years. My wife, another couple, and I plan to take many of the ASA courses and cruise our home waters of Florida, then the Carib until confident we can handle more. Since there will be four of us we are looking at larger boats.

Thanks for any suggestions.

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Old 02-14-2006, 10:36 AM   #2
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Many charter boats have high engine hours and are also run at higher then cruising rpm. They are also setup for sleeping the greatest number of people and aren't easy to resell, at any time in their useful life. Electronics are also limited. You can usually find an owners version for nearly the same price, less wear and tear and much better suited to cruising. IMO.

There are people who do buy these and make good boats out of them. You will need to know what equipment you will require for cruising and what equipment the boat is fitted with. Compare it to an owners version and determine what you want to do. A used boat will give you a lot better value then new. Boats depreciate rapidly the first 5 years and cost an arm and leg to fit out after the purchase. Let somebody else foot this bill. Also IMO.

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Old 02-14-2006, 03:41 PM   #3
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If you were going to buy a three year old motor vehicle, would you look for a one owner, well cared for low mileage vehicle....or would you buy an ex taxi cab?
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Old 02-14-2006, 07:19 PM   #4
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Very helpful. Thank you. What if I were to privately charter? I know I would need a captains license.
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Old 02-19-2006, 10:43 PM   #5
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If you were going to buy a three year old motor vehicle, would you look for a one owner, well cared for low mileage vehicle....or would you buy an ex taxi cab?
I might be inclined to go for the taxi-cab....At least it will have been regularly maintained by a professional charter base team. High revs are not necessarily a bad thing, diesels need to be run under load and dont appreciate idling for long....though high hours will be a reality which you cant get away from.... Tony
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Old 02-19-2006, 11:27 PM   #6
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I would agree that having a boat that is well-maintained is a good thing. Unfortunately, this isn't always what happens through a charter company. Our new power catamaran was not that well maintained - the fuel filters were never changed, it appears that the oil in the generator (well-used by the charterers) was never changed, let alone the fuel filters. Other minor irritations. Good thing we bought it so soon in its charter life.

We met a fellow at the Panama Canal many years ago who had gone to St. Vincent in the Caribbean to check on his new boat, left there to be chartered and earn him some money before he retired completely. The boat was a diaster, and he thus chose to cancel his contract and bring the boat back to his home in california. The trip from St. vincent to the Canal was just one failure after another. Engine problems, broken sail hardware, blown out sail, on, and on, and on.

A good surveyor, and a careful check of such things as fuel and oil filters (how dirty is the oil?. are the filters rusted into their housing? .....)

Hate to be a wet blanket, but better to know ahead of time what you're facing.

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