A pleasure to meet everyone. I'm a frequent sailor on SF Bay
(Lagoon 380 & Beneteau
430) and am heading to the Caribbean
next Feb/Mar to buy a boat
and begin living my life a new way. I'm excited! As you know, much to think about and learn. Background info:
- Early 50s / Male / good health
- Experience sailing (SF Bay/some BVIs) / very social (do numerous theme events
on my boats just for fun (i.e. luaus, wine tastings, etc.
<$100k (I can pay more/but only if needed to support plan; paying cash (no monthly pymt))
- Working on certs to offer paid charters/services
--> My initial question (it influences budget, revenue & boat choice):
1) Initial game plan in BVIs? Do I just cruise the area for awhile (i.e. no revenue), take on paid crew for short or longer trips, or do weekly charter service?
My first thought was to do the usual Cat charter service
in BVIs, Bahamas
or perhaps St. Martin. Since that plan requires a Cat (in my view), my research
suggested a $150k outlay (min) to get a decent boat (i.e. less than 15 years old, etc.). Since I don't know if that's really what I want to do, my thought then shifted to getting a nice monohull
for under $100k, get to the know the area (BVIs/Caribbean), talk to locals sailors, and then decide if I focus on a paid crew model w/the monohull
(for shorter or greater distance trips) or sell it after a year only if I'm very clear on pursuing a Cat and starting a charter business. Thoughts very much appreciated!