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While you can get a pretty steep discount on a former charter boat, I wouldn't recommend buying a boat that way. Most charter boats are in significantly worse shape and have significantly more abuse and use than a privately owned boat of the same age. Also, many times, the equipment on a charter boat is the minimum that you'd want on a boat that size and generally needs to be upgraded a bit for personal use. Finally, the cabin layout and such is often optimized for the charter business, and not as well suited to personal ownership. For instance, many will have a three cabin layout, with two aft cabins that are relatively small compared to the non-charter version of the boat which has a single, much more spacious aft cabin instead.
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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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