You're doing a great job attacking the problem of buying a boat. You have it right in identifying flaws, wear and tear, factoring in the cost of brining the boat to the desired level. You must have done a good deal of reading to get to this point. To me, it sounds like you are in the right mind frame to purchase
. Of course... one will come along and "steal your heart", but it happens to the best of us! ha ha ha
Anyway, I am not so sure you will be able to go out and specifically check out owner-chartered boats or crewed charter boats by looking online. You may ask some brokers, or you may look at finding charter businesses for sale
(I had mine up on the market at one time, but chose not to sell the boat - just closed up the business). If you find a charter business up for sale
with a boat you like, you can always make an offer to the owner for just the boat and see if he takes it. People sell for many reasons, but someone who is selling a boat they ran as a business is probably selling for personal reasons which are kind of urgent.
You may find yourself a deal on a boat that is in near perfect condition.
I would say the ratio of these boats vs. boats that were chartered in bareboat
fleets is probably 1:6? That's only a guess. That is 1 owner-chartered (crewed charter) boat, for every 6 you get from the Carib that has been in the charter program down there.
Hope this helps. Lots of hearsay, but in my experience, this is what I have heard and know first hand, having previously looked at selling my boat, which incidentally I ran as a crewed charter boat. (it's not for sale
I put a good $23K into it that many owners wouldn't even think about doing since it isn't their business and they don't have the responsibility of maintenance required to ensure passenger safety