If you have a look at my very similar thread where my time was only 3 months, nothing else stacks up like buying
the boat. You just need to get realistic about what you really need, and work to a budget
. If you want something shiny and new, then buying
probably won't work, as you'll be taking the brunt of the depreciation inherent in all new things. If you pick something of quality that's already hit the part of the curve where the depreciation is slowing down, and can put up with the slightly messy bits (bumpy headliners, shrinking teak
work and cracked hatches in my case) then the main challenge becomes buying well.
All boats need maintenance
, and any fictional reality where things don't break and you don't fork over 1000's in one go are just that, fictional. For the charterer or lessor, its no different. They will just be charging
you a premium for their capital and knowledge. If you know your stuff, get a good surveyor
and start watching the market. Plenty of opportunities out there.