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Old 15-07-2008, 20:39   #1
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Hello Cruisers: 1st post and I am hoping to join your ranks.
I am considering a change of lifestyle and investing in Tour Operating for SportFishing, Day Cruises and Special Events with a 2000 Luxury 37' Tiara Motor Yacht, fully equipped with safety in mind, and is compliant to US Safety standards with Liferaft, Jackets, VHS, Radar, GPS. Twin Caterpillar 3204 engines cruise at 23 knots with a top speed of 28 knots ! Fridge / Cooler / Microwave / Lounge / Cabins / A/C / Shower / WC / Sound / DVD.
I would like to hear comments about the boat mfg, its reputation, member experiences with this model format, seaworthiness because I will tend to cruise from St. Maartin mostly but may want to cruise through to Florida at some point. I'd appreciate hearing from any members in this type of business as well, whether in USA, DR & St.Maartin, etc. Could any members provide a reference to Surveyors in St. Maartin through a PM please? I am planning a trip out for an inspection, etc and need to work with a surveyor. I have always had a boat =/- than 20' fishing boats for inland waters and this will be my first SportFish Cruiser so I'm open to any advice.
This forum is very interesting, many educational posts, an excellant resource. Thank you very much! Ben
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Old 15-07-2008, 21:20   #2
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Welcome aboard Ben

Sound's incredibly thirsty

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Try browsing through the threads in http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f67/. There are several threads on chartering.

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Old 17-07-2008, 13:16   #4
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Try browsing through the threads in http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f67/. There are several threads on chartering.
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Thanks Dan, as it turned out, I spent all of last night reading this part of the forum, 3 hrs worth! In particular, the thread entitled 'boat based business' was especially interesting and has given me ideas to help realize my dream is achievable. Thanks again!
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Old 17-07-2008, 13:18   #5
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Sound's incredibly thirsty
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Thanks for the welcome aboard Dave!
Funny thing that, but, boats without sails do tend to be a little more thirsty..... like me with beer!
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Old 17-07-2008, 13:47   #6
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Hi, Ben.

A friend and neighbor of mine when I lived in Virginia had a Tiara 37 Open. We'd go out fishing on the Chesapeake Bay in it. Nice boat! I'm no expert on power yachts, but it seemed to be a quality build, it handled the Chesapeake chop well, and was comfortable for 4-6 people on an all day fishing trip. He and his wife overnighted on it regularly, sometimes with another couple on board. He liked it so much that he sold it...and bought a Tiara 52 Express.

I don't know any surveyors on St. Maarten, but have used on on Antigua who I could recommend, if that would be any help. He was very good at it.
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Old 17-07-2008, 18:05   #7
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Hi, Ben.
A friend and neighbor of mine when I lived in Virginia had a Tiara 37 Open. We'd go out fishing on the Chesapeake Bay in it. Nice boat! I'm no expert on power yachts, but it seemed to be a quality build, it handled the Chesapeake chop well, and was comfortable for 4-6 people on an all day fishing trip. He and his wife overnighted on it regularly, sometimes with another couple on board. He liked it so much that he sold it...and bought a Tiara 52 Express.
I don't know any surveyors on St. Maarten, but have used on on Antigua who I could recommend, if that would be any help. He was very good at it.
Wow, isn't that a beautiful looking boat!! Nice pic Hud, it looks just like the one I am studying but add a Tuna tower . Thanks for providing your experiences onboard, that's great news. All my research shows this as a quality boat right up there with Harrattas. I fished Chesapeake Bay years ago with friends, nice water; I caught many 32" striper bass, 33" was the keeper limit and I caught 2 of those, good eating! I would actually like that reference in Antigua if you would PM it to me please. Any approx price for what your friend sold it for? If you could PM me that too, just for a reference point, I'd appreciate it (and push my luck asking its year and when sold).
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Tiaras are generally highly respected (premium) express cruisers.
Iíve seen several with Marlin Towers; but I donít think Iíve ever seen the higher Tuna tower on the smaller Tiaras.
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Tiaras are generally highly respected (premium) express cruisers.
Iíve seen several with Marlin Towers; but I donít think Iíve ever seen the higher Tuna tower on the smaller Tiaras.
You are correct. I just learned the differences myself. It is a Marlin Tower and not a Tuna Tower.
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We delivered a Tiara 3900 sportfish from Miami to Panama last month. We were impressed with the quality.

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