Long time reader, first time poster in Australia
I've come across a vessel. Mid 90's Fontaine Tobago
35 at the right price
, or at least what I believe to be the right price
I'm pretty much sold on the galley
up and all of the features that this boat has.
I'm interested in performance amongst other things.
What kind of speeds could you expect say in a 15 knot wind
? I've been on a 10m Seawind
and seen 5.5 knots in 12 knots easily close hauled but was told the FP's are a bit of a slug in comparison....
Has anyone had success with "loaning" their boat to others on a per day cost type basis to friends an colleagues? I see charter
boats getting a minimum of $700+ It would only take a couple of weeks a year on one of these arrangements at even less than half that price to make the boat far more affordable. I want to not have to sell the house and this boat is achievable in that regard.
Who polices "chartering" to friends in Australia
? I mean, with an aircraft for example, you need it to be a commercial
operation of sorts, but who polices boats here? Do you get caught and go to jail like in aircraft circles?
Finally, I'm being warned over and over about things going wrong with the boat. What might be a guestimate figure per month or per-annum on what i might expect to have to shell out assuming it's supposedly in very good order with everything working? (I know I know how long is a piece of string...)