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Looking to buy.
Great that you want a significant boat, but I agree with Jeff and VIEXILE. Charter boats get a lot of hard use, sometimes from not to careful charterers. They also are designed and laid out differently than private owners boats. An example might be too many cabins. Great for the charter business, but maybe not right for you.
I have a real life example. I bought a 1989 Irwin 43 Mk III 2 years ago. This past season, I met an owner of a sistership. He bought his out of the charter industry. I bought mine from a private owner. His main engine had 6000+ hours on it. Mine had 600. My boat has many more options than his boat. Things that I wanted, like a generator, heat/AC, Radar and more (yeah more things to break). He had no holding tanks and has had to deal with that.
When you compare the price difference, you really should consider the wear and tear. Certainly consider the features that are not there, that you will have/want to add. Not that you couldn''t find yourself with major repairs (like an engine) that you weren''t expecting when buying a boat from a private owner. You can, and probably will. Not using and maintaining a diesel is sometimes worse that using it alot, but maintaining it well. But why look for trouble!
I don''t mean to discourage you. I just want to help open your eyes a litte wider. Looking at boats and buying one is fun. Enjoy it. Good luck.