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Re: Purchasing a Charter Catamaran from the Moorings

While I haven't purchased a cat from Moorings, I did purchase an ex-charter monohull from Sunsail and the underlying principles are the same. The engines tend to be used hard but maintained very well, a thorough survey by a buyer's surveyor is necessary once you have gone through all the models of the cat you want with a notepad and a camera and have chosen the best-of-breed. I went through over 30 boats before choosing one and never regretted it. They are pre-depreciated and most of what I had to work on was purely cosmetic (scratched/abused interiors and the like). Do you plan on flying to the where the Leopards were phased out and inspecting them? Do any of them belong to Moorings or are all owned by individuals? Moorings will take possession of a cat if the previous owners upgrade or have the fixed-price sale contract and those models will often be priced more aggressively than their privately owned counterparts.


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