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I'm not a big fan of putting boats into charter. The wear and tear on the boat, the loss of gear through theft and negligence, and having complete strangers using/walking through my boat on a regular basis would bother me. Also, in many cases, an older boat such as a Pearson 33, isn't going to be really charterable... most charter operations are looking for more modern, beamy, spacious boats.
The Pearson 33 is a pretty decent boat, and sounds like it is capable of what you're looking to do. However, if making the drive and spending the time maintaining the boat is a problem, maybe you should reconsider owning a boat. Boat maintenance, done properly, takes a fair bit of time if you do it yourself, or a lot of money, if you pay someone to do it.
It might make more sense to get a smaller boat, that you could trailer, and then you could use it both near your home and for doing what you're looking at doing on the Great Lakes. That's one reason I got the boat I did... it is trailerable, yet capable of doing longer trips as well.
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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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