Neo's points are well taken. I knew two skippers who had partners in two different boats. One guy (John #1 - see below) was always happy 'cuz he did all the work, the other partner just sailed the boat. I thought John was crazy, but he was happy because it reduced his costs. Mind you, though, this was the same guy who told me he was going to move his boat from his well protected slip into a wind
tunnel slip a few miles away. I cautioned against it. Only a week after he moved, he got on another boating
forum asking how he could dock
and un-dock his boat in those high winds!!!
The other guy?
4. Who will do all the DYI work? and there will be lots
Just to be really silly but reflecting reality, the two partners were Jon (my friend) and John (the partner)! Go figure...
Jon wanted new sails
, John #2 didn't. Jon wanted a cabin
heater since he used the boat to sleep on during the week, John couldn't care less, he only sailed on nice-weather weekends.
You startin' to get the drift?
5. What if one of you wants a new chart plotter and the other wants to have the keel dropped and re-bedded?
These are maintenance
vs. "nice-to-have" issues that need to be addressed up front.
Here's another example: Jon wanted an inverter
since he anchored out a lot and they had a microwave on board. John could care less, he'd eat PB&J all year!
The issues are endless.
There are some good partnership
agreements out there if you look and do you homework to find them. In fact, a search on "boat partnerships" on Google
and this or any other boating
forum will give you enough reading for years.
Good luck, whatever you choose to do.
Me? We're keeping our boat in the family!