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Old 03-03-2006, 10:30 AM   #1
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Dear fellow sailors,

after years of wonderful sailing (as a crew with friends) I finally decided to get my very own yacht. However, since I won't be able to use her for the whole year I would like to make the boat available for charter work for some months. Maybe some of you have done the same, and can give me some advise on whether such an idea is worth the trouble, insurance issues etc. Is it better to make it available to the local charter companies or try to do it myself? The boat would be based in Phuket / Thailand from October to April 06, then Singapore and possibly the Indonesian Archipelago.



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Old 03-03-2006, 09:08 PM   #2
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First, see my reply to a related topic on this board - http://www.cruiserlog.com/forums/top...?TOPIC_ID=1732

I think that putting a new boat on charter will make it an old, worn-out boat very, very quickly.

There were some expats in Phuket, Thailand who were managing other people's yachts, though I don't know much about it, and my last contact was several years ago. I d not recall any sort of infrastructure in Singapore to support chartering your boat there, and I wouldn't leave my boat in Indonesia. I don't believe you could find any reliable caretakers in indonesia, and since Indonesia only grants a 3-month cruising permit, (unless you could set it up in Batam), what would you do to avoid heavy fines and other hassles? I did not like the marina in Batam, it is exposed to the north and when the swells come in your boat is vulnerable to damage - particularly so if you're not on it.

I just don't think it's a good idea. I'd welcome other information from people who are in the area now, though.
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