Originally Posted by TacomaSailor
If your choice boat
is a Bavaria
- the FIRST question I would ask is
Has it been in a charter fleet or otherwise used as a charter boat?
If so How Long and who maintained it?
Are you looking for a boat to sail in the North Sea or in the Adriatic/Med?
Where do you plan to moor/dock/store the boat?
Originally Posted by teddythetwig
TacomaSailor, I've heard this advice
around different forums
online. I can only assume it's because they are generally not treated very well?
I'm looking to sail more tropical waters, starting in the Med and building confidence and miles until I feel comfortable making an Atlantic crossing
. It really depends on the timing for me. My plan is to transition to living full-time on a boat by July 2017 and then seeing where life takes me. I see this as the initial planning stage for that transition.
I think my biggest danger
is two-fold. Either picking a boat and moving on it too quickly, or being too cautious and waiting for ever to find the perfect boat. Realistically, I want something that will allow me to achieve the above goal. Gotta find the sweet spot.
The question about being in a charter fleet, along with who maintained them works like this. Boats in charter fleets get used a Lot, at times almost every day. As in out on the ocean sailing, & being the play toy of folks on vacation
. Where generally the level of seamanship may be lower, among the folks chartering her. Along with their being in new surroundings, often having cocktails throughout the day, & at times doing things with the boat to try & impress their friends. So gear
gets broken, & or, used hard.
is important, however the charter companies need to have the boats being in sailable condition as much as possible, so that they don't lose $. Which means that the maintenance may not get done in the kind of depth
that an owner would lavish TLC on her. And this kind of wear adds up quickly, as does the "cosmetic maintenance" designed to keep them pretty & running. But not necessarily in bristol fashion.
So the net result is that all of her systems see greatly accelerated wear & tear, to even include reef rash on the keel
, & overstressed rigging
bits. So that if you get a charter boat that's seen a lot of service
, she may need all of her major systems rebuilt. Sometimes even to include her structural bits.
End result, by the time you buy her, & then do all of the needed fixing, you could spend far more than you would on a well cared for, one owner boat, in premium condition.
And in fact there was a member
on here, who about a year ago went to Croatia
looking to inspect some charter boats, & find a deal on a good used one. However his report here on CF stated that after looking at a dozen boats, he hadn't seen one which was worth putting the $ into in order to shine it up, & make it cruise
worthy. Since they'd all been sailed hard, & not maintained to even a minimum standard, including structurally.