Enjoy the Abacos. I trade
time there often. Some images
on my webpage below if you need any ideas.
The one disadvantage I can think of regarding purchasing
ex charter boats is that most are in the Caribbean
. If you are looking in the 70K range, you need to ask yourself if the costs of trips there - flights, lodging, etc is worth it.
The Footloose fleet is made up mostly of boats whose Moorings or Sunsail contract
have expired - many of which are or will soon be for sale
. You may be able to find out which ones are for sale
and charter it for a week. If you charter anyways, you are at least sharing the cost of a cruising vacation
with boat research
that way. I wish I had the opporunity to actually sail the boats I've purchased for more than a short sea trial prior to purchasing
I'd think damage to groundings would likely be uncovered by a survey
. What you might consider as well is an engine evaluation. I'm sure many charter guests run them too hard and many surveyors only check engine basics.
Also, I don't know what your time frame is, but I'll be selling my 32.5 Beneteau
at the end of charter in 2 years. I could arrange a very cheap
week "charter" for you to evaluate it.
Also, I'm down here in Tortola every summer this time, so if you ever want me to give a Footloose boat for sale
a quick once over, I'd most likely be happy to do so I'm about 100 yards from their marina now.