Just thought I'd share my two cents...
There seems two different routes. A) Finding another person or small group and doing the sharing yourself. This all depends upon finding the right person, and as Sandy said having an agreement which spells it all out. This could work fine.
and placing the vessel in with a Charter company. I tried looking into that, there are a few companies who host the charters. Problem was getting anything on paper which spelled out the actual finances. Sure, they knew what money
they want from the buyer, but there seemed no way I could get anything in writting showing expected (or historical with other buyers) maintenance
/ repair costs as well as revenues. The idea is a good one, but I couldn't even find an actual owner who did this sort of thing and was pleased with it.
Couldn't tell you if the cost of ownership is decreased much, or if it is enough compensation for the additional wear and tear. Sure, there may be happy "Buyer/Owners" in the charter trade
. The only thing that I know for sure is that there wouldn't be any banks, or investment funds that would fund the inventory of a cat charter company, share in the operating costs, all for the priviledge of bearing the full brunt of depreciation.
A boat is a hole in the water
... the charter aspect seemed to me to make the boat age quicker while you personally hold more risk.
Normally I'd say put emotion aside and run the hard numbers taking depreciation etc. into account, I just couldn't get any numbers to run.