Good words for Rubikoop and 2Hulls and others. It's a business and yes, you can blow through a lot of money
before you will know if you are doing it right. Landlubber ladies don't like monohulls. Sea going types, male and female, will go bareboat
, so no chance to show off the culinary skills. I've sailed monos all my life but I charter cats (and have owned a charter cat). It's supposed to be a vacation
, not a knock-down-drag-out epic sea voyage. Yes, you will need a Coast Guard master's ticket rated for the boat's Gross Registered Tons (not to be confused with its displacement). You will also need to be rated for both Power and Sail and you will also need an "Oceans" rating if you plan on visiting the BVI or any foreign destination
. There may be a waiver for this in the VI area, I don't know. The Jones Act waiver ($500 application fee) is not too difficult for a cat because, in my opinion, there are no suitable ones built in the US for charter cruising, at least for a reasonable price
Now having said all that, count me in. I'm looking for a Leopard
47 Power Cat or a Lagoon
500 Sailing Cat and reliable charter operator to put her with. Send me a message if you're interested. I've got the licenses. Jack PS: In the USVI they drive on the wrong side of the road with left-hand drive cars, or at least they did.