Re: Starting a business?
Look at the Woodwind site. That's your competition. Check the prices. You have to beat that number with better service and quality experience.
You cannot compete single-handed, even with an autopilot. You have to have someone tending to clients.
You have to have a captain's license, at least a six-pack.
If you had a really nice boat you could pick up the edges of the market, like marriage proposals, some anniversaries, the odd family outing. Something like a Beneteau 42CC might get some traction in the middle Bay. Maybe.
You have to pump out good food and drink, have a soft and comfortable but exhilarating ride.
If you can't do food prep yourself (remember nice service - more capital into plates, tableware, and glassware) you're going to spend a lot at Ken's Kitchen, Main Ingredient, Leeward Market, or one of the other "boaty" caterers around town. Another reason to have a good chef/mate.
I suggest as gently as I can that you stop reading about boats and start doing a competitive analysis. I suspect you'll conclude that this nifty idea of yours doesn't have the potential you think it does. Sorry.
sail fast and eat well, dave
beware "cut and paste" sailors.
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