I have spent the last several years researching, planning and preparing to live-aboard. Now it is time. We are finishing up on a few projects around the house before we put it up for sell. My wife has put in her retirement
letter, and I have made arrangements to transition into a consulting role for a firm that I have had a working relationship with for the last 10 yrs.
The only thing we haven't figured out is what boat
we are going to live on. We're waiting to purchase
it with the money
we will make on the sell of the house. This will allow us to buy something outright and not have to worry about that one payment.
Which brings me to my questions: Is buying
a used charter boat
a good choice for a live aboard? Am I being naive in thinking that these boats although used more than most boats would also be better maintained since they would have paying customers aboard? I realize that they will have wear and tear on them that a similar boat that wasn't chartered doesn't, but because they have a maintenance
crew to support them would this be a non issue or less of an issue? I know that one thing they won't likely have is a lot of add-ons these boats are pretty bare, but as I see it this is a bonus, because most electronics
become outdated quickly, and as I have bought smaller used boats before I've come to realize there are a lot of wrong ways to install just about anything.
What I am looking for is a 40' or less 2000 or newer monohull
that is less than a $100k. I know there are boats out there that fit this bill, but what I am looking for is what I am sure everyone is looking for, the best bang for my buck.
I'd love to hear from someone that has purchased an ex charter
boat to hear what to look out for, and to tell me if I am on the right track or out in left field.