Thanks for some reality checking everyone!!!
They are good points though and I'll have to think through some more. I can't get a boat right now anyway, this is a long term plan. It is prudent to get the research
done early!! We wouldn't be leaving on the long cruise
until the kids
are older (only 4,3 & 1 at moment) and we have enough sailing experience.
I guess the main plus points for me is that I am buying
on the strong Aussie dollar, as opposed to in 6 years time when the Euro/US dollar may have recovered (or maybe not!!
The other BIG plus point is the free (almost) use of the boat in many worldwide destinations. That has to be factored in. I just got some quotes back for 2 weeks on a Lipari
41 in Greece
in July. Ranging from £8-10k GBP depending on age of boat. So that is roughly £50k GBP of usage for just 2 weeks/year over the 6 year charter period. I could get extra usage in low season as well. I probably wouldn't spend that in the real world, but thats just it isn't it! I get a taste of luxury for 2 weeks a year that I wouldn't otherwise have. And I get boat at the end of it.
Nautical62 - Were Moorings pretty good at Phase out? Did you pick up on many faults and were they happy to rectify them? What sort of condition boat did you get at the end of the charter period?