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Re: Purchasing a Charter Catamaran from the Moorings

Ex-charter boats can be really good buys. It is important to do your due diligence and work with a marine surveyor you can trust, and someone who has an intimate knowledge of the entire process from phaseout to closing. If you need any help, or want any advice on buying an ex-charter boat please don't hesitate to PM me.
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Re: Purchasing a Charter Catamaran from the Moorings

As someone once said of the vehicle I was driving through a 3rd world part of Africa:

"It's only a rental, don't be gentle."

I *guess* there are some deals to be had out there w/ charter cats, but I'd be very cautious. Hell, a co-worker once bragged to me how they had all the sails flying on a IP they chartered on the Bay when it was blowing 35 and how they were screaming down the Bay. Made a mental note to self to never charter to him.
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Re: Purchasing a Charter Catamaran from the Moorings

Actually, there are some very good Surveyors in Tortola. However like anywhere else, there are a couple that I would not recommend to anyone.
Sure, the charter vessels see a lot of use, but see a lot of regular maintenance also, which I feel is more important. Occasionally there is the idiot that thinks it's OK to abuse them because it's a 'rental' - but in reality this is rare in that area. It's mostly respectful sailors on vacation that are racing, anchoring, and docking on other peoples property. And fortunately the models in the Moorings fleet are of high quality and can handle most anything anyway.
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Re: Purchasing a Charter Catamaran from the Moorings

Well, we just made and accepted an offer on a 2008 Lagoon 380 coming out of Sunsail Charters! I will be heading over to the Bahamas to check it out in couple of weeks! Gary Fretz has assisted us as a buyer's broker and has been an excellent source of information and guidance. We hope to accept the boat and bring it back to Florida for a refit, then start our cruising, sometime in August or September. I have high expectations of the refit out of Sunsail, based on the reputation that I am hearing. We will see how it all goes!
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Re: Purchasing a Charter Catamaran from the Moorings

Congrats on the accepted offer! Island Time is a great boat. I used to sail her all the time when I ran the Sunsail Abacos fleet. You'll love the Lagoon 380. If you need any info on the boat please don't hesitate to PM me!
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Re: Purchasing a Charter Catamaran from the Moorings

Well, I am back from my Bahama boat buying trip, without a boat . We had a signed offer and acceptance on a 2008 Lagoon 380, which was a very nice boat. The reason that we passed was for three reasons. 1). the headroom on the bimini was too short, as I constantly hit my head on the edge while moving in and out of the cockpit (I'm 6'2"). The boom clearance wasn't high enough to allow raising the bimini, so I would have to live with it as it was. It was possible to install a hardtop, but the costs were high. 2). I would have had to add a separate freezer, as the freezer section was only large enough for a couple of ice trays. 3). Kitchen cabinets and counter top was made of a thin laminate, which was peeling off the doors. The sailing of the Lagoon was very nice, as we spent a couple of hours in the Sea of Abaco. I then looked at a Leopard 40, which I really liked. It was higher in price, but had plenty of headroom and a seperate freezer. I also liked the layout and construction of the kitchen. Unfortuately, I was out bid on the boat, so I am still looking for a catamaran. At least the trip wasn't wasted, as I know which boat I like the best. Now we are searching for a Leopard 40.
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