We have had our ex-charter Beneteau
50 for three years and have had very few issues. We bought it in Croatia
-- which is has a very byzantine process for chattel transfer I could expand on if you want ...
As for the boat -- we have owned sail and powerboats for twenty plus years. For every part we have had that has worn out, ten have corroded or broken from lack of use. So for my money
I'd rather have a well used charter
boat than a lightly used private boat. Our Yanmar
4JH3 HTE motor
just clicked over 4000 hours -- we've put 1200 of those on ... with not a problem at all. In contrast, my VM Motori Mercury Diesel
had 700 hours on it when I needed to rebuild
the top end ... so use is a big positive feature for me not a negative.
Without a doubt there will be some wear and tear issues ... and the boats are priced appropriately for that. Since we bought the boat we've 'de-chartered' it with things like new mooring
lines and long-lines, fenders with matching fender
, halyards, canvas
, holding tanks
, webasto, a max-prop, repainted the stripe, new electronics
and LED running lights. All that stuff added up to maybe $15K -- far less than the $50K+ difference between a reasonably well equipped private boat and the ex-charter boat.
Some advice -- the tropical climes of the Carib are very hard on the cosmetics of older boats. Make sure that the boat maintenance
was competently done (I agree the survey
wasn't worth a damn & I paid nearly $1000 for it) -- the best way to judge this is to look at the engine
, the wiring
and see how well it was maintained -- was it professional or 'bayling wire & twine).
-- particularly the Aegean it blows like stink there all the time -- force 6-7-8 nearly every day. A season in the Greek islands
would count as three in Croatia in terms of wear and tear on a boat -- I'd guess the same Carib vs. southern USA.
Pick a couple of models you like and are in your price
range, then go see 10-15 boats. Based on our experience, you'll likely be happy .....