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Old 06-01-2019, 12:57   #1
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Charter Investment

Hi CF,

I am interested hearing about experiences from those who have put their boats into a charter program- and those in SF Bay Area are of particular interest.

I plan to purchase and have researched Beneteau- Bavaria- Jeanneau for a charter program 32-36 under ten years of ages 50K-65K range.

Plan is to stay on board 3 nights a week while in law school while boat is placed in charter and have access two full days and three nights mid week to capture 179 advantages and maintenance costs. A kind Pied--terre for the City.

Any feedback is much appreciated-

I've only found a couple of charter programs and would be interested in contacts as well.

Thanks!

Nicole.
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Old 06-01-2019, 13:25   #2
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Re: Charter Investment

Just a note on terminology. An "investment" is something that has the potential to earn a profit. This doesnt qualify.
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Old 06-01-2019, 16:26   #3
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Just a note on terminology. An "investment" is something that has the potential to earn a profit. This doesnt qualify.


Hi Belize Sailor,

I am definitely looking for passive income and there are some options out there for investment income.

I've only found two local charter clubs that would work so far- but if you've put a boat in charter- I'd be interested in your experience.

Thanks!
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Old 06-01-2019, 18:09   #4
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Re: Charter Investment

Ive been around the charter industry since the early 90s as a client, boat owner (2), charter captain, sailing instructor, etc. Ive been very involved in the operations of several charter companies.

There are also many threads here discussing the subject of putting boats in charter...good to take a look at those too.

Bottom line: if you are looking to actually make money, whether cash-on-cash income, or long term apprecaition...a boat is not the way to do it.

A typical outcome is that charter revenue can cover a lot of the cost of ownership, but there is always yet another unexpected expense to chew up any meager returns you make...especially on an older boat. In the end most break even more or less.

The charter companies that will be interested in an older boat are few and far between. They are mostly small mom & pop shops. That can be fun if its run as a club like environment, but often their maintenance procedures are not the best (though there are exceptions).

Also, trying to part-time live aboard a charter boat is going to be problematic for several reasons. Suff & systems: A charter boat should have nothing aboard it that does not relate to its charter service and its systems should be as basic as possible. So, personal items and additional creature comfort systems are not ideal on a charter boat. Revenue: the more an owner uses a boat the less revenue it produces...not good for the charter company or the owner. You may find a mom & pop whose charter traffic is primarily on the weekends which would make part time use during the week easier. Maintenance: if you do find a mostly weekend traffic charter co...guess when they will need to do maintenance.

If what you ultimately want is inexpensive part time lodging, then that might be feasible if you can find the right charter co fit. I used to have a boat with a mom & pop that I used frequently.
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Hi Belize Sailor,

All good info and matching what I've found on other posts. Definitely what I am looking for. Thanks!
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