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Old 20-01-2011, 22:54   #31
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Similarly, it seems like most of the boats in the "charter fleets" are stripped down, underpowered, nearly new, generic models with as many bedrooms and bathrooms as possible stuffed in.
Thats more of a false statement then a true one. Ex-charter can be a good buy of you know what to look for. They certainly arnt underpowered or generic. Yes in some models they can stuffcabins in, but this is actually a common problem in owners boats as well. I m not sure what your budget is , but they are worth a consideration. ( The other thing is that if youre going to do a lot of electronics upgrades, they dont tend to come with too much in that area and thats a good thing.

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Thats more of a false statement then a true one. Ex-charter can be a good buy of you know what to look for. They certainly arnt underpowered or generic.
The "underpowered" is relaying the opinion of my friends who work at the boatyard here. Specifically referring to the charter catamarans found in the Virgin Islands, the opinion here is that they are almost all lacking in sail area to prevent the renters from getting into trouble - and thus the normal speed advantage of catamarans is completely lost.

Reading the forum archives here, I've seen the same thing said about charter cats as well.

That said - comfort trumps speed for us, so certainly we intend to look at former charter boats.

As for the "generic" - uhm, yes... The charter fleet boats we've seen (particularly at the Miami Boat Show) had (relatively) cheap and generic interiors, with little details like cabinets and doors and faucets feeling more "motel" than "home" style. But those are all little details, not a big deal to us.

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