Well, after doing a bunch of research
, looking at contracts, talking to others, we decided to pull the trigger with Navigare and purchased a Saba
50 that will be put into service
in the BVI
until our children
finish their school
and we can move aboard. In the meantime, we are sailing every chance we get...
We did have the opportunity to charter a Saba
in the Greek Islands
just two weeks ago. The boat was clean, well maintained, and operated great. We were very impressed with both Navigare and the Saba itself. It confirmed that we made the right choice for us.
I know some people say they will never buy a boat that was chartered. I understand that sentiment. Personally, we look at it as we are pre-negotiating the price
of a used boat
, and know that we will spend another $50K-$100K to change/repair the boat for our personal use once it’s charter time is up. Still, with that in mind, the numbers seem to work
In the Greek islands
, the Saba had some outstanding maintenance
items, but what boat doesn’t. The were all minor and were known by Navigare before hand. We didn’t find anything that needed repair during our week that wasn’t already known. The boat was spotlessly clean. In fact, if I had any critique, we didn’t get the boat turned over to us until later in the afternoon because of the cleaning
crew being backed up. In total, there was an inside cleaning
crew, an outside cleaning crew, and then a cleaning supervisor came through for an inspection
, and cleaned a few minor areas that he wasn’t happy with (he opened up the sole compartments and didn’t like what he saw, so he got on his knees and scrubed them out until they were spotless), and then the management came by with final paperwork and a final boat walkthrough.
So far, we have been very happy with Navigare and hope that we retain that feeling forever. We’ll keep you informed. We are sailing in the BVI
As I said above, we have ordered the Saba. Fountaine Pajot
is behind on the Saba line and we are looking at delivery
sometime in the autumn of 2020. The name of the boat will be “Habibi-Dah”.
“Habibi-Dah” means “The one that I love” in Egyptian Arabic. While waiting for the boat, we even created a logo that has the name both in English
and in a stylized Arabic script. Here it is…