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post #8 of Old 04-09-2013
SVAuspicious
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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 S/V Auspicious

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