Making some assumptions about many people who are not yet cruising but want to:
You are a retired a couple and want to cruise
oceans while you still can.
You don’t want to sacrifice your creature comforts entirely.
In your dreams you have absorbed all of the positives – freedom and adventure going where the wind
blows, warm sunshine, sparking beaches, rum
cocktails at sunset. So why are you hesitating?
Because besides dreams there are also the nightmares – having to sail and dock
with just two people, exhausting night watches with just two people. What happens if one of you gets sick offshore
? Yachts are expensive to buy and maintain – are the costs depleting your nest egg? Separation from friends and family
, having to leave your house unattended, or conversely having to leave the boat
unattended if you go to visit family
, or not having a house at all other than your boat
. Storms, Pirates, Boredom.
Could it be that sharing the yacht with another couple alleviates most of the issues?
For boats that just do day trips and sit mostly in marinas
like 90% of boats – sharing means divvying up who has the yacht on which weekends. Occasionally partying together on the boat.
For cruisers – that cannot work
. The boat is not coming “home” after the weekend. The boat has to have a single captain
. So perhaps the Captain/Owner can lease
part of the boat to another couple.
If for example you take a 50 foot catamaran
out and have shared communal areas and charge for example $4K a month and share provisioning
You have covered $48K annually in costs without adding costs. You would have your fuel
bills and maintenance
bills and marina bill anyway.
You have in effect crew to assist on night watches, anchoring docking
. You have people to share the experiences with. You have people to help when there are medical
issues, man overboard
, mechanical breakdowns. People who can stay with the boat while you leave for a month to visit family.
Of course – compatibility would be the big issue. Would this count as a commercial
enterprise requiring that the owner be a licensed captain
? What effect would this have on insurance
and liability? – plus 1001 other things. But would possibly the benefits make it worthwhile?
Anyone on the forum ever done something like this not counting family members? Anyone think such an arrangement would have merit? Anyone see insurmountable problems with the idea?