Originally Posted by jzk
To anyone considering doing the charter
deal, run the numbers first. Look the cost of purchasing
the boat in the charter
program and the value of your using it over the charter period.
Compare that to just chartering a boat when you want to sail over the years. Then look at the cost of purchasing
a boat out of charter when you are ready to own a boat full time. I suspect you will be ahead doing the latter.
Don't forget the cost of finding the boat you want and the soft cost of perhaps not getting the boat you really desire. Then add in the cost of getting the boat to where you want to start and when you want to start your cruise
Now put a number to the value of the peace of mind knowing you will have your boat exactly when and where you want it.
Also factor into the equation the discount you can get if you are lucky enough to lock into a preproduction boat at reduced cost.
These all have to be factored into a decision like this.
jzk - you are right if these none of these additional things apply to you. I cannot argue.
In my case, these additional factors matter a lot and they add up to some rather large numbers. They easily tip the balance in favour of chartering for a period of time until I'm ready to move aboard.