Originally Posted by tuskie
Ozsailor 's advice is spot on. So is Factor's.
If you want a boat in charter, buy one already in charter.
Perhaps have a very long chat with MSQ regarding getting your coxwain's ticket, likely licence restrictions, as well as the requirements, through AMSA and Queensland govt to maintain a boat in survey. There is a lot involved, ranging from safety equipment
inspections to Queensland Health inspection
Keep your dream alive, but maybe doing stints back at mines from time to time may be a better option for helping the kitty than operating charter boats?
Yeah, my origional idea was to work 3-4 months per year and sail the rest. Dealing with the QLD health dept for inspection of food prep areas really makes it look non appealing.
I think I have decided on a 40 foot production cat, 3 or 4 berth with no more than 2 heads - lagoon
, Robertson and Cain, Fountain Pajot, etc. The leopard 40
is looking good but I will be sure to charter one of each to decide myself...
Is it worth considering staying under 12 meters for mooring
costs or would people not bother going just over? I plan to be mostly on the hook in Aust, but maybe more moorings in S.E.A.
I might still do the coxswains licence for my own development.
a boat already in charter, or buying a privately owned boat and getting it surveyed, here are my thoughts:
Buying privately owned:
pro's - get one setup with heaps of cruising gear
already, and hopefully better cared for boat. Things like water
maker, auto pilot I would de-commision untill my use.
Cons - lot's of hassle getting it surveyed, then finding a charter company, getting first bookings, etc.
Buying an existing charter:
Pro's - simply pay the cash and have a boat sitting ready at the marina without the drama of the above including possible forward bookings. Rock up with beer
and food and cruise
off for a few weeks (forward bookings permitting) Customise the boat over a 1-2 year period as time permits.
Cons - I expect to spend about $50k on upgrades, most of which would unlikely be fitted to an existing charter - 1500rpm generator
maker, auto pilot, radar
upgrades. This does give me an excuse to tinker around the boat while it is in charter but not booked.
I think getting one already in charter would be much less hassle and stress, and I can get on and enjoy the boat sooner without having to stuff around 4-6 weeks+ for survey.