Originally Posted by speciald@ocens.
Not a good tome to start a charter business. Charters are way down, boats are sitting unrented in most islands. Even Moorings is hurting.
Well - although its true that everyone in this industry is hurting, it might actually be a good
time to start.....things will turn around eventually and someone with all his ducks in a row might be in a good position for a start-up.
One thing, Matteo: Not exactly sure if you want to start a charter company (of crewed yachts? of bareboats? or just one crewed yacht?) because, assuming that you are European, you may find, as did ATM, Stardust, and many other French charter operations, that you are denying yourself a large part of the market by basing yourself in the French islands. Americans need a great deal of persuasion to start a charter with a "foreign company" in a non English
This, actually is what brought me to the Virgin Islands
20 years ago when I opened a new base for a French Company. So successful was this that we were bought out by Sunsail.....and I lost
my job!!! Tony