here's a perspective of someone who has purchased an ex Lagoon
410 charter boat from Sunsail here in Australia. Number 1, forget about the question about setting up a charter boat to go water
sailing. In my opinion its exactly the same question as if what do I need to go blue water sailing
in any sailboat.
Having cruised the east coast
of Australia a few time in quite extreme conditions it is my opinion there is absolutely nothing wrong with a well found ex charter boat for your needs provided it was originally designed for that purpose. Our Lagoon is designed for blue water passages and is certified from the factory to that effect. We have met so many people on ex charter boats doing major blue water crossings very safely and comfortably.
The upgrades we have done to make her suitable for offshore
3) Uprgrade of auto pilot, plotter and VHF radio
(not really required just a personal choice)
system and upgraded house batteries.
5)minimise electrical consumption
by changing all lights to LED and changing over electrical
items to more efficient systems. (once again not really required just my personal choice)
6) Upgrade sun and weather
protection ( I consider that essential given that comfort reduces fatigue
7) Upgraded refrigeration
to a more efficient cooling
and power saving unit given that we operate in tropical climates most of our time.
and water maker will be installed if we go international. ( We currently have 1000 litres of water if required which lasts us a minimum of 6 weeks with care so being coastal water is not really an issue for us.
9) Installed new safety
lines ( Wichards ) and new safety
10) While we have sufficient fuel
capacity for coastal trips I would upgrade our fuel
capacity quite considerable. Currently I have 100 litres per tank per motor
and 80 litres in containers. I would like at least 250 litres per motor and 100 litres in Jerry cans. Ample based on our fuel consumption
11) I have had to put in a large amount of spares including a) a big range of stainless nuts, bolts, screws, washers etc. b) a cross section of electrical joiners, connectors, wire, solders, heat shrink, electrical tape, cable ties etc. c) A good assortment of tools (battery drills and multi tools). I prefer items can be used for multiple purposes. Of course we keep a large range of filters for oil
, fuel and pulley belts.
12) We upgraded our gas supply for cooking
to ensure we can always heat and cook our food
13) While the anchor
was sufficient for the boat we upgraded to High holding power anchor replaced the old rope and chain rode
with all 100 metres of chain and have never regretted that upgrade.
We have done other upgrades but these are for our personal comfort and really do not relate to making the boat any more blue water ready. I do love our boat as there are plenty of handholds (yes it does get rough on catamarans and while they do sail flatter they still buck like any boat in a rough seaway)
These are the things that I would expect that you would have to do too the vast majority of yachts to go blue water sailing regardless if they are ex charter or privately owned. Obviously a boat may already be kitted out for such a journey which put you miles in front.
At the end of the day you have to be satisfied that your boat is blue water ready. Talk to the experienced people who have been out there and done it. Work out what relates to you and use other peoples experiences to get a head
start. As always safety is always number 1 priority. Sunshine is our third ex charter boat. We have now owned Sunshine for two years and we love her and trust her in all conditions.
In reality I am only writing what suites us. People more learned and smarter than than me have written great books
on this very subject. Like most things research
on this site and other places will ensure you have the greatest possible information to make your decisions on. Hope this if is some assistance.
Greg and Sue
Currently Cruising Great Sandy Straights, Queensland