Depends on what stage out of charter your looking. Most Carter boats from places like Mooring
and SunSail have initial 4 to 5 year contracts and companies like these appear to typically take very good care of the boats. Check ups every charter...7 to 10 days or so. The obligation of the Charter Company is to return a fit ship to the owner at the end of the initial charter term and if your owner had a marine survey
performed as they should all the survey
hits would be repaired at the charter companies expense prior to hand over to the owner or new charter company. These top end companies don't want boats more than 5 years in their fleet.... because maintenance
will increase with additional age and the initial splits with the first charter are far better for the owners.
At the end of the initial charter the boat is often "demoted" to the 2nd tier charter companies who use boats up to around 10 years in age. The splits the owner gets and the cost of maintenance and repairs
is also often split per contract
making it less desirable for the owner. A boat out of a completed 2nd tour of charter may be a problem but still one you could evaluate with a good marine surveyor
if the price were right. This scares many charter owner's into feeling they need to move on and not have a possible high maintenance bill hit them when they are not ready for it if the go for the 2nd stage charter.
The "key" to purchasing
an ex-charter boat is knowing the type service
it has been in, knowing the locations it has been in service
, how long it has been in service and the engine hours and a good marine survey of all hardware
, engine and rigging
If you target your purchase
toward a boat at the end of the charter season... the start of hurricane
season in the Carib for instance.... and target boats just about to come out of the initial charter agreements (under 5 years) from one of the better charter companies... you can get a really great deal.
Most of these upper level companies have new boats coming in each year and have to move out older boats to make room for them. Not that anything is specifically wrong with the boats but they make money
on the sale
of the new boats to new owners.
Visit lots of boats, know what you want and select the one you feel best about then consider an offer. You still need to have a full marine survey and sea trial (make it a condition of sale) with you attending... bring a cooler with cold drinks... its was a hot ordeal for me.
While the number of days a boat is in service may be important, the engine hours is usually the key. Most charter companies do not actually have every boat out every day.... they are like hotel
rooms and in season the turn around may be near "full occupancy" but that is only in high season... in the mid and off season most just set around but are far better cared for than the typical boat you see in a US marina in the off season growing mold
inside and collecting salt
I have a 2001 Beneteau 361 that was coming out of Moorings initial service and she had only minor hits on the marine survey and sea trials and Mooring
made all the repairs
and actually went over the requested ones and replaces some lines and even house ware items that were part of their contract
and I've had over 2000 hours on her since with no problems at all and fixing to spend over 1600 more starting in just a couple of days.
Getting a boat is like getting married... select well, get one that isn't too expensive but still looks great, handles well, and treats you right.
MMmmm should have thought of those specifications before I got married..... either time!!!