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Old 21-04-2015, 13:09   #1
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My son (16) and I are moving aboard a (probably) 34' Catalina in the coming months. He's all for it! I'm ready to get rid of all the STUFF and begin the life.
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Old 28-04-2015, 13:50   #2
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No responses? Fine!

Here's some other plans:

Obtain USCG six-pack license and begin a charter service. My brother suggested ecological and nature tours to our beautiful barrier islands. I'm a teacher and summers of would afford me the freedom to take on such a challenge. Anyone run a charter on a boat where they live?

I need to dig around the boat I'm considering to get a better idea of storage space. We're probably going to use the fore cabin for storage with my son living in the aft cabin. I'll live in the middle.

Also looking at Nature's Head. Holding tank is only 13 gallons.

Dumb question: does shower and sink water go to the ocean or to the holding tank?

Thanks!
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Old 28-04-2015, 14:40   #3
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shower and sink go to the ocean.
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Old 28-04-2015, 16:03   #4
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Hello iSaint- I wish you well, I am working on the plan myself. Just bought a boat- which needs work but that's ok. question- You're planning to charter for just day sails, correct?
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Hello iSaint- I wish you well, I am working on the plan myself. Just bought a boat- which needs work but that's ok. question- You're planning to charter for just day sails, correct?
As I gain experience I would like to offer overnight stays at the barrier islands. My brother suggested I focus on ecological and nature tours given our resources, and how Ocean Springs draws such tourists. It's a ways off, but I'm going to work on my USCG license soon.
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Hi iSaint.

So are planning to use the Catalina 34 for your charters? That could be a bit small for overnights with paying customers, yourself and your son or were you planning to camp on the islands and use the boat just for transportation and support?
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Don't expect paying customers to be enthusiastic about composting their poo in cramped quarters.
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Some of the most profitable tours I know of are short dolphin tours with an open catamaran.


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Hi iSaint.

So are planning to use the Catalina 34 for your charters? That could be a bit small for overnights with paying customers, yourself and your son or were you planning to camp on the islands and use the boat just for transportation and support?
Yes, the Catalina will be my charter boat as well as our home.

Camping on the islands would be the first preference. All things to consider in time. Thanks!
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Some of the most profitable tours I know of are short dolphin tours with an open catamaran.
Catamarans...meh
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I think you have a good idea, just throwing out things to think about and not meant to be negative.
1. overnight stays will require a larger boat- if it starts to rain camping out will not look good when there's a dry boat near by.
2. composting potty might work- teach about the process and why you are going that route. But check and see if one composting unit is enough for groups of 4-6 on a weekly basis.
3. is the cockpit large enough to hold the number of people you hope to have a board.
4. Is there enough room for food and drinks for the group.
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The USCG Six Pack license is for chartering a vessel with six paid passengers. The Catalina cockpit is fine for such a group, with room for snacks and drinks below.

I appreciate the comments, no offense taken to any suggestion. Thank you!
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The USCG Six Pack license is for chartering a vessel with six paid passengers. The Catalina cockpit is fine for such a group, with room for snacks and drinks below.

I appreciate the comments, no offense taken to any suggestion. Thank you!
Earlier you mention the forecabin being used for stowage, the aft cabin for your son and that you would be staying in the middle.
Will you be able to keep the boat tidy enough for customers?
Will you or your son have boxers hanging to dry in the head?
Will there be enough stowage for your personal "household" living quarters and to have 6 more customers aboard for a total of 8 people aboard a 36 foot boat?
Will you be offering snorkling? Enough room for gear if you are?
Will there be room for camping equipment as you plan to do camping?
If rain sets in will you be able to fit all 8 people on board below decks if they decide camping isn't cutting it in a downpour (I know CA is in a drought but hopefully that will soon go away)

Just a few more things to think about. Personally I think that the boat you can afford and make suit your needs is the boat for you. Write a list of what you want to accomplish, what you need to accomplish it, what boats fit that list and on that list what boats can you afford.
I'm sure you've probably already done that but as we throw more questions your way your list might change.

Also if you plan to camp is draft an issue? I never sailed when I was in CA- dove and surfed- but I have no idea of the depth or lack of you'll be dealing with. Also is there enough room for proper ground tackle.
Speaking of tackle if you want to do any fishing where will the poles be stored?
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The best characteristic of your chartering plan, in my opinion, is your freedom to experiment with it and not depend upon it for survival. With your teaching income and option to charter during the summer, you can adapt your plan by trial and error.
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