JR - In regard to a crewed charter
on a 380, it certainly is possible. The 380 has a lot of space to most people's standards and has a second head
and berths. Guests would typically be living in the starboard hull
, whereas as Captain and crew living in port hull
Possible something you may wish to consider as to feasibility and success at chartering is: what are other crewed charter
boats offering clients. We see quite a few plying the waters especially in the Virgin Islands
. These boats are usually either 450 or 620 Lagoons, that is not to say there aren't 380s doing the same thing we just don't recall
seeing any. The 450s and 620 are decked out with just about every imaginable water
toy ( paddle boards, rafts, floats, dive tanks
, bean bags for on-deck seating, outside cooking
and bar area) the list goes on. My guess is that these represent your competition. A possible better option is day sails for tourists. We see very inexpensive and limited equipped boats being very successful with 4 hr cruises to a beach or snorkel location. Many times they have 4-8 paying clients especially during peak season.
Both the Captain and boat will need to be licensed and insured and all local permits and taxes
addressed or you can face serious penalties including the lose of your boat. Authorities are looking for individuals attempting to operate illegally. Most foreign countries have laws preventing foreigners from operating businesses without a lengthy visa process. Best to research
first before setting expectations.
In regard to how a 440's operating cost can APPROACH three times the operating costs here are a couple more specific examples:
1. Full coverage Insurance premiums are is based on a boat's hull value. In a crude sense if we were able to compare two identically equipped, condition, age, engine
hours etc. Lagoons (in reality that is practically impossible) one a 380 and the second a 440 the only difference being hull size, we can expect to see a difference in value 50%-75% more possible as much as double the cost of a 380. The premium will reflect this increased value.
2. Dockage rates in many locals is by the foot, until you come to catamarans then frequently it is by the square foot so as to address the multihull
issue. Some marines will simply charge for a double slip based on LOA
. Due to the 440s increased LOA
and square footage you can expect to pay significantly more.
3. Engines are larger on a 440 and will burn more fuel
per hour. Sail area is greater on 440 hence cost more to replace. Heads and regrigeration are more numerous and/or larger so parts
cost more and the list goes on.
4. Power needs of a 440 one would expect are greater than a 380 which will require more solar
5. Custom fees
vary by country. Often these fees
in-part are based on LOA of a boat. Some like St. Barts go by square footage. Again increased cost for the 440.
6. Polishing or buffing the hull is charged by the square foot by some vendors. Bottom jobs for the labor often are similar. Size does matter.
Certainly everyone's situation or desires are different. So the above are simple generalities to use as a guideline.
Other sources and useful information is found f you check out books
by Neigel Calder, Purdies and others. You'll read how they estimate the cost as the size of a boat increases.