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Charter boats are often used hard, by inexperienced sailors, and have the gear that is often undersized for the boat's true needs. I would highly recommmend avoiding boats that are "rode hard and put away wet" like most charter boats are. Also, most charter boats come in a cabin layout that is preferred by the charter industry, with three cabins, instead of two cabin with the master cabin being larger and having more storage, etc. Most private owners, prefer the latter two-cabin layout.
Most privately owned boats, if used regularly, by an owner who actually sails, will have had far less abuse, and regular maintenance. Boats that were "dock queens" will generally have the worst maintenance record of the three, and often be in the worst shape, as neglected boats often have serious problems that haven't been attended to before the problem became serious.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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