Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Annapolis, Md
Thanked 234 Times in 185 Posts
Rep Power: 10
Here is my understanding (from a very limited scientific sample) on why you don't see Catalinas in the charter fleet, years ago I posed the same question to one of a higher-ups from one of the the bigger charter companies who ended up in the chair next to me at a Cruising World function.
What this fellow said was that they had used Catalinas for a short period and that the Beneteaus held up better in the hard useage that they were being put through than the Catalina's they had used for a short while. (They also used Endeavours and Gulfstars for a short while if I remember right and still use Hunters in some locations)
One issue that he mentioned was that many of their boats were owned by private owners on 'lease-back' and that when they offered other brands the buyers tended to prefer the Beneteaus.
He also said that they got better warranty support from Beneteau, and that Beneteau was more willing to customize their models to meet the needs of the charter fleets. He also liked that Beneteau seemed to update their models more frequently giving the perception of a fresher fleet, but his reasoning on that seemed counter-intuitive. I asked if price played a role, and he seemed to suggest that it did not.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Curmudgeon at Large- and rhinestone in the rough, sailing my Farr 11.6 on the Chesapeake Bay