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MokaKat 04-25-2013 11:40 AM

Purchasing a Charter Catamaran from the Moorings
 
Is there anyone out there that has had some experience in purchasing a charter catamaran from the Moorings or any other charter company? I am currently considering several Leopard 40 cats that have come out of charter and have been reconditioned. Just curious is anyone has had good or bad experience in purchasing an ex-charter cat. I am looking for a 35 to 42 foot catamaran for a 1 or 2 year sabbatical cruising in the Caribbean.

Dale

celenoglu 04-25-2013 11:46 AM

Re: Purchasing a Charter Catamaran from the Moorings
 
An engine survey is recommended. Make sure you check the engine hours and hire a good mechanic to check the engine(s).

MokaKat 04-25-2013 12:57 PM

Re: Purchasing a Charter Catamaran from the Moorings
 
Celenoglu,
Thanks for the advice! Any other comments???

jsaronson 04-25-2013 03:12 PM

Re: Purchasing a Charter Catamaran from the Moorings
 
This topic has been beat to death here and at cruisersforum.com. My analogy - its not like buying a used car from a dealer - its like buying one from Hertz. To make matters worse, from what I have read it is hard to find a good surveyor in the islands. If you are knowledgeable and realistic you may find the perfect boat. Sails, engines all have a lot more use than a private boat of the same age. Good luck!

TQA 04-27-2013 04:20 PM

Re: Purchasing a Charter Catamaran from the Moorings
 
Yeah I would go for it. $200 -220K SEEMS TO BE REASONABLE TO ME AND Moorings do a good job of sprucing them up.

Usual caveat check carefully for evidence of grounding damage, even Moorings charter to some right numpties.

2 years crusing in the Caribbean will be a wonderfull experience.

MokaKat 04-29-2013 01:06 PM

Re: Purchasing a Charter Catamaran from the Moorings
 
TQA,
Thanks! There are several on the market and I just need a trip to see them for myself. It looks like Tortola has several from several brokerages, so it may be the best option to see several boats on the same trip.

Dale

TropicCat 05-03-2013 11:44 AM

Re: Purchasing a Charter Catamaran from the Moorings
 
A suggestion... There are folks who have walked this path, bought the Moorings boat, spent the cash refitting her and a year or 2 later are trying to get out of the boat. I would have a look here

Catamarans for sale by owner

Before taking the plunge.

Just a thought.

TQA 05-03-2013 11:56 AM

Re: Purchasing a Charter Catamaran from the Moorings
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by TropicCat (Post 1025109)
A suggestion... There are folks who have walked this path, bought the Moorings boat, spent the cash refitting her and a year or 2 later are trying to get out of the boat. I would have a look here

Catamarans for sale by owner

Before taking the plunge.

Just a thought.

I am curious, what refitting do you think would need doing before you go sailing for a couple of years around the Caribbean?

Bearing in mind that Moorings do give them a good going over as it leaves charter. The sails will not be new but have two years + left in them and the engines will have a fair number of hours but again have two years + left in them.

MokaKat 05-03-2013 02:56 PM

Re: Purchasing a Charter Catamaran from the Moorings
 
TropicCat,
Thanks for the link! It seems to be a nicely run site, and I receive an email each time a new boat is added. There has been some good boats show up, but I wasn't ready to buy at that time. Actually, I think that I have been all over the internet looking, and need to see a few in person. The next step is to plan some trips to look at a few of my top choices before I take the plunge.

Dale

TropicCat 05-03-2013 04:02 PM

Re: Purchasing a Charter Catamaran from the Moorings
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by MokaKat (Post 1025245)
TropicCat,
Thanks for the link! It seems to be a nicely run site, and I receive an email each time a new boat is added. There has been some good boats show up, but I wasn't ready to buy at that time....
Dale

Make sure you stay on the mailing list.

There will be a newly listed Leopard 40 (Moorings) up on the site this weekend. Currently in Spain. You'll probably receive that listing notice by Sunday Evening.

And thanks for the compliment on catamaransite.com. Lots of folks visit the site every day, but I almost never receive feedback. It's good to hear it's useful.

Good Luck


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