As mentionied above the maintenance procedures will vary from company to company.
I currently have a boat in charter with the Moorings and am 2 years into a 5-year contract. I know some people feel that the larger boats are less likely to be as abused as they more frequently have a professional charter captain
With the Moorings, all maintenance and repair to my boat is provided as a part of the contract. At the end, everything needs to be functioning, but that doesn't mean not well worn. I image the contracts are timed so that the company doesn't have to pay for things that are getting near the end of their life, such as sails
. Certainly, things are likely to be used more frequently and harder than in normal non-charter ownership
However, what I do like is things need to be maintained well enough that the boats are appealing to charter peopel who are dropping a fair bit of money. I also like that things like the instruments, autopilots, etc. were all installed by people use to doing so and maintenance and repair is provided by people used to working on those specific boats.
My feeling with the charter management (specifically The Moorings/Footloose program) is this:
If your goal is to sail much like you would chartering, you plan to sail 4-8 weeks per year and you'd like to do it less expensively than chartering, you are likely to be happy with a boat in charter management. (In otherwords, you view purchasing
the boat as much as purchasing
a plan as a specific boat.)
If your goal is to get into a newer boat with less expense, I think you are better off shopping
around for slighly used boats. This gives you more options than comitting to a specific boat 5 years ahead of time.