I purchased a boat from Sunsail and I am also the third owner of an older C&C
The 5 year old Sunsail boat has more hours on the engine
than the 30 year old C&C
but which engine do I have more faith in? The higher time one. It has seen regular maintenance, injectors have been serviced, oil
changed regularly and engine run routinely. The Yanmar
in my C&C has only seen light duty use in fresh water
with a fraction of the run time and I would love to pull it out and rebuild
Another big thing about buying a used boat
from a private owner vs a charter fleet is dealing with all of the "DIY" repairs
and after market installations. A boat from the charter fleet is generally in the same configuration as when it left the factory. No funky GPS
installs where the power supply has been tapped or spliced into the 12volt line running the refrigeration
. No added deck hardware
that hasn't been bedded and is slowly flooding the core
in the deck
. Seriously, many owners are a boats worst nightmare IMO.
I have never purchased a used boat
where a pre-purchase survey came up with say 50 items and the vendor agreed to address each and every one. Sunsail did.
So the experience has been a good one but like anything else. You need to do due diligence.