Todd - As a charter boat owner I may be able to provide some insights:
My experience is based on the Moorings, but I think most would apply to Sunsail as well.
The boats come into service
at different times and end their contract
at different times. When they come out is based on the contract/length of service
, not the sailing seasons, so I don't think there is any single
time of the year when more hit the market, and don't see how the season would affect prices, other than I imagine hurricane
season is a slow time.
Moorings and Sunsail owners can usually keep their boats in service with Footloose, once their main contract
is done, so there is no rush to sell. The boat will still be maintained, insured, and docked by the charter company. Income
of course stops, so I'd rather sell it soon after coming our of the main charter before it depreciates more.
With the stock market picking up a bit the last couple months, my guess is boat prices won't continue to decline as they have been, but that's just a guess. I don't have any crystal ball.
Those are just some of my guesses being an owner, I'm not intimately familiar with boats coming out of season. There's one user of the forums
- Mark who I believe purchased a boat out of charter, so perhaps he'll come along a shed a bit more light on the subject.