Crewed Charter Ownership
I'm kicking around the idea of starting a crewed charter business.
My preliminary thought is to buy an older cat (2000 or newer), perhaps one coming out of charter - voyage 450, lagoon 44. Spend some money on a refit and load her out with great equipment and excellent interior appointments. I'd like to base the boat in St. Thomas as I think it is easier destination as opposed to Tortola from a customers point of view. Market the trips for one or two couples and keep the costs low so it is affordable. Less people, more space/privacy.
Breakfast and lunch provisioning only - encourage guests to dine ashore.
No chef or cook, again adding space and reducing cost. Aiming for a charter cost of around 5k - 7k per week.
I have my masters license + sail endorsement but I've heard that there might be issues with owning the boat and also operating it as the charter captain?
Any thoughts positive/negative on purchasing a boat that is coming out of a charter fleet? The brokers seem to push the excellent maintenance programs as a selling point. I can't decide if that outweighs the heavy use.
Thanks in advance for any information you can contribute.