Hello everyone! I am looking for any helpful info I can get about chartering your own boat...
Here's where I started: my friend owns a Fontaine Pajot Bahia
46 and I spent a month on it as a first mate (with no prior sailing experience whatsoever) and I fell in love with THE life!
Here is my plan: first; training, I registered for navigation
courses, beginner and intermediate, VHF license
, diesel mechanic
, electricity, first aid, this should be done in about 6 months, then I want to go on a catamaran
and take SAS courses, I think I need 103 and 104, also 114 that is specific to the catamaran
I found a nice Lagoon
41 that I might make an offer on, the boat will be paid off so I won't have the stress of meeting monthly payments. I figure I can get by with a minimum of paying guests while I set up the business?...
I want to live on it 9 months a year and charter
it for up to 6 people, I plan on getting a high end web site and getting it positioned on Google
, I do have an elaborate social network so that will also help.
I have been in sales most of my life and I am a giving person so I don't think I would mind having 6 clients that I have to cater to....
I went to the Annapolis boat show
and asked around with the charter
companies, asking them if they would be interested in a charter boat with the owner/captain on board and they seem to all run in the other direction... My understanding is that they want to be able to fire the skipper
if he's not up to the task... Any thoughts on that??...
I heard of a "show for brokers" in the Carabians, anyone has info on that?
Any info, help, recommendation would be welcome at this stage.... :-)