I lived aboard and cruised my 44 footer for several years, and then started doing some day charters. It required that we be in one local to get known by the booking agent, and being ready at very short notice. I also am not a real neat person, so I had to rent a storage
locker ashore to keep the boat neat enough(too many projects). You have to expect to clean up other peoples vomit, and scrub head
walls from men
that insist on standing to pee when underway. I was licensed but out of the U.S. so it didnt matter, but in some locals the other charter
boats will go out of their way to cut you out as competition. Some people really love the business, and some hate it, but having a background in a service
industry is a good idea. If you are going to buy a cruising boat and have to depend on charters to keep it maintained, then I suggest that you spend less on a boat and keep a cruising kitty set aside. Just my 2 cents worth. ____Grant.