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Old 01-08-2011, 09:10   #1
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Newer Ex-Charter vs Older Private

Which do you reckon would be the better long term buy?

Thinking some things wear through use and some through time.

I reckon the newer ex charter boat would be the better buy, assuming the charter company looks after its boats, just because a boats been private certainly does not mean to say its been looked after, just in general has less use.
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Old 01-08-2011, 10:41   #2
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Re: Newer Ex-Charter vs Older Private

I bought an ex-Sunsail charter boat and was very happy with what I got for the money I paid, but knew that it would have cosmetic issues and need some TLC
Then I bought a secondhand private-never-been-chartered sailboat and was very happy with that as well, the premium I paid was worth the nicer interior and exterior.

The used charter market is pretty big for a limited amount of boat models, so the pricing is as close as you are going to get to a "market value" and the owners (often the charter companies themselves if the previous owner trades up to a new charter boat) are motivated to sell. That is not the case in the private market and many owners place prices on their "babies" that are not realistic. Some private boats are in worse shape through neglect than the charter boats are through heavier use.
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Old 02-08-2011, 05:09   #3
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Re: Newer Ex-Charter vs Older Private

With the down economy USA charter boats have been coming out with less use these days. Engine hours is a good measurement of use. Another key is how on top of things the charter owner has been. Squeaky wheel idea.
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