Originally Posted by Fence Man
How crazy would it be to buy a catamaran
out of a charter
fleet that was seaworthyish enough to make it to the mainland, but in need of some work
with the intention of building some sweat equity?
I haven't bought a boat out of charter (but many on the board have). If the intention is Caribbean
sailing on the cheap
and doing it now, I have to ask what projects you're actually going to do to it?
Consider that the charter boats have been working in the Caribbean for 3-10 years as they are. They are probably able to continue doing so just as they are with appropriate plans made in advance for any bad weather
. If your intention is to cruise
the Caribbean, why not just use it as is and leave it down there in the off-season? Especially if you're buying
something in the 3-5 year old range.
I would think at most at the 10-year purchase
point, you may want to change the standing/running rigging
, possibly new sails
, some light engine
work on high hour diesels, adding solar
, and upgrading the backing plates
on the deck hardware
. Some of this might already have been done, you can request to have it done before purchase
, or it could be done down there in fairly short order. Most past threads recommend making the short hop from the BVI
to St Martin's and taking advantage of cheaper material and labor prices/more options there.
Might be worth a PM to boatman who bought his Beneteau
out of BVI
charter and then sailed it to the UK. I think MarkJ did something like the same thing but kept going around the world.