I have a slightly different need than most on this forum, but think I can find lots of help here. I am going to buy a boat and lease
it to the local sailing school
. The school
and I will use the boat to teach, charter
, and have even tossed the idea around about a boat-tel (floating hotel). So here is whats needed.
1.) Size - 36' - 40' with 38' being the optimal size.
2.) Fairly rugged (you know new boaters and renters)
3.) As low maintenance
4.) Room - Will have up to 6 people and captain
at anytime for day sail and maybe 2 couples + captain
on crewed charters.
5.) Desirable - Need something someone is going to want to rent.
point $50,000ish +/-
7.) Shape - I do not want to do a lot of work getting it ready for service
8.) Needs A/C the boat will be in central FL.
- Once again FL/Keys/Bahamas so max 5' 6"
10.) Needs to have good sailing characteristics (gonna teach people how to sail).
11.) Going to be used by me and my family
for trips to keys and bahamas
about once a year.
I have looked at most production boats and like the mid 80's pearson's (385 and 386). - None available for sell that I have found. Only two and one is pending and the other is in Victoria CN.
Endevour 's - I like the endevor's but they have the fuel tank
issue, and if I am going to buy anything, I prefer there not be a know engineering flaw.
Not crazy about the idea of Hunter
So here are the questions.
What boat would you have an interest in renting/chartering?
What boats am I overlooking?