Originally Posted by Ron Cook
Hi Bill, Does the price
reflect the business as well that is a lot of money
for a csk
Ron, it is a lot of money and it is a business but not mine. What I mean is my business has two other dolphin viewing and swamp tour boats which I am not prepared to sell. I added this boat four years ago to make my job of entertaining tourists more enjoyable. Our tour boats are full 12 hours a day during summer months and I can no longer teach and entertain that much. The problem I had was with our location. The water
is two feet deep and the boat draws three feet (4' full). I had it professionally dredged the first year and 75% filled in by the end of the season. I bought a dredge and have done it myself each year since and I still get stuck canceling trips too often so I am done.
As far as the boat being a business, you can take it almost anywhere and park it behind a hotel
, put out flyers and make 100-500k a year. Because it is USCG certified for 40 passengers even at $30 a head
, $1,000 trips are not hard to do. I was filling the boat as an overflow for the dolphin cruises at $20 a head
for a two hour dolphin/sailing cruise
and running two a day. I swore I would not go cheaper than $30 since most boats like this charge $40-50 but I was making 1,600 in a half day and that's not bad considering I could still do my sunset cruise
for $30. If you can do that for three summer months and then do only one cruise a day for an additional four months you easily hit the $250k mark in a seven month season like we have. Take it further south and half a million year round in within grasp. Of course I have built the clientele over several years and you would need to do the same unless you put it here in Orange Beach in which case I would refer everyone to you.
As you can see it is a business and boats that do this are not common and cost 500,000-1,000,000. This vessel has been USCG approved for 22 years and I have done a major refit
over the last three years. It has Furuno Navnet
and a barrier coated hull
. She is an older boat that has been well maintained and is ready to make a lot of money. Before I bought it I had Barry Choy (Rudy's son the Naval Architect) check it thoroughly and he was very impressed. I have his full report which I have used to upgrade any weakness in the boat.
Honestly Ron if you are looking for a cruising boat this is too expensive, this is a business and should be used for that purpose. The new aluminum
railing and full decking are commercial
and would not be needed during cruising. We have sailed it to the southern Bahamas
during winter and had a blast but that was when it was not making money!
Hope that puts things into perspective for you. I have put over $150,000 into it since I bought it and no one would do that if it did not produce. Even as we speak it is in for a USCG inspection
and will receive a complete new paint
job with barrier coat below the waterline. That is the difference between buying
an investment and buying
I have not listed it yet because I have a few more things to do and I want a fresh 5 year COI from the Coast Guard possibly even a 49 passenger capacity before I do.
Take care, you can Email
or call if you have further questions
Send me a PM for my contact details.