Originally Posted by Rubikoop
I know a lot of people that have had the experience of having their boat in charter. Then again I work for a charter company and took Saba hull #2 out for it's first 7 day charter in the BVI.
Watermakers make sense on charter boats for a couple of reasons. First off, most damage to boats happens when docking
. If people don't have to get water every few days, the chances of damage have been greatly reduced. Second, once you break into 50' land on a charter cat you are getting into another class of vessel. The guests will expect ice makers, large dinghy
, a generator
large enough to carry all the loads and...lots of water.
My view is that less than 10 years ago most charter boats didn't have A/C or if they did it was dockside only. Now, most larger boats have gensets and A/C. Many more charter boats are now sporting watermakers. I think it's just the evolution of what a charter guest has come to expect.
If you are serious about a dishwasher and laundry equipment
then in my mind there really isn't a question about about whether a watermaker
I was astounded how much water the 7 charter guests used in a week on hull #2. I was making over 100 gallons per day!!!! Granted the ice maker ran non stop and kept up with the cooler and drinks too. The Saba you're proposing could be carrying 13 people or nearly double what I had.
Great boat by the way. I was pleasantly surprised by the speed under sail.
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I agree with the above, and I am an owner/operator/captain of a charter cat in the BVI. The OP's question actually sounds to me like he is interested in an "independently owned and operated" crewed charter boat, rather than one in any of the fleets, like the Moorings. There are around 80 - 100 such independent charter boats in the BVI, and generally represent the cream of the crop, whatever the size, and certainly include the largest ones. Their association is the Charter Yacht Society of the BVI, which can provide you lots of information regarding legal
requirements and what all, and does a terrific job of representing the industry in the BVI.
If this is, in fact, the question, then the answers are a bit different as the standard of service
is very high. A watermaker is absolutely imperative, as are a generator and airconditioners. But, there would be a professional captain
to run things. A dishwasher is pretty nice, many of us have them. A washer/dryer is much less important as none of us has the time to run one. There are good laundry services.
Stopping every day to get water is a hassle and an incredible waste of time. Being miserly about water, as one would be if cruising, doesn't make it in the crewed yacht trade
Some make money - usually not much - and some lose money. It's a lifestyle choice, whether you have a captain
operate the boat, or you do. As they say, if it were any easier, everyone would do it. If it were harder, no one would!
Cheers, and good luck.