I really don't see how buying
an ex charter
boat is any different to buying
any secondhand boat as long as you go into it with your eyes wide open. Obviously, you must do all the due diligence with out of the water
surveys etc. Weigh up what its worth in the market place & in consideration with how much you might have to spend. Same would be the case for secondhand property!
The thing is you don't have to spend it all at once. It has taken us 18 months to get where we are with her, & in the mean time we have had 18 months of total enjoyment cruising our beautiful coastal waters, islands & the Great Barrier Reef
Sure you can get lucky (we believe we have), or get unlucky also. Its OK for those who have the money
to buy new or secondhand owners boats. Many people have all the gadgets on their boats, but that's not what we wanted. At this time we don't want air conditioning
maker, micro wave, big genset etc. If & when we do require these things then we can install to our liking.
Some not mentioned pluses for ex charter
* In our case we bought a boat that was owned by the Charter company (one of the largest world wide). It wasn't owned by a third party investor. So when we made an offer below the already low advertised price
, it just came down to dollars & cents for them .. no emotion involved. So haggle a price
, especially now.
* Similarly ALL issues found in the survey
were corrected by the company before final hand over. They have full time maintenance
staff on hand so no skin off their teeth.
* As it was a charter boat it was in current survey
here in Queensland
. In this state it is a 1F survey for bareboat
charter. This means that it has to comply to various safety
& construction requirements. In fact it is cheaper to continue to keep her in survey, thereby giving us the chance to return her to charter if ever we wanted, though this is highly unlikely. As she was sold in survey, she had all her various safety equipment
& certifications intact.
* She was also sold to us with all the extra equipment
that is necessary for charter operation eg all cutlery, utensils, fire extinguishers, life jackets, spare belts, filters, impelors, emergency
nav lights, etc etc.
* Yes the motors have done many hours, yet they still purr nicely & economically & as yet apart from normal maintenance
& upkeep, have not given us any surprises. It is in the Charter companies best interest to regularly maintain boats to avoid down time or interrupted charters. Not good for reputation.
Yes the windows were scratched & dull because of their cleaning
methods, but this only took a bit of elbow
grease to polish them back to "clear".
As to being knocked around. This can be the case for any secondhand boat. Have a friend who spent 8 years building his very large & immaculate catamaran
& launched it around the same time we got ours. Much to his dismay he has come to grief many times while docking
& now he is accepting of the "dings" he has put into the hulls.
Ours has no damage underwater what so ever.
I am not trying to justify our decisions to others, don't feel I have to. Just pointing out that ex charter makes sense to some (us) & can mean a way for some of us to "get out there". We bought her as a lifestyle investment as we intend to retire & live aboard & cruise
within 2 years.
I attach some photos of her taken 2 weeks ago when she was hauled out for antifouling, polishing & maintenance etc.