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Join Date: Feb 2010
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Re: Couple Seeks Long Term Bareboat Charter
I had a skipper all set up for this deal. He delivers my boat from RI to the Caribbean in the Fall and back in the Spring for zero. If he has to pay crew, it's on him. He gets to live aboard all winter, in exchange for keeping her clean and maintained. Effectively, he and his wife boat sits.
I come use the boat for about 3 to 4 weeks and he needs to find somewhere else to live during those periods, or just fly home, at his expense. I was going to pay all marina fees and the hard cost of repairs. His labor was free or he paid someone else if he didn't want to do the work.
I think it was a good deal for both of us. His cost to live aboard for most of the winter was minimal compared to chartering. He likely was going to need crew for the two passages, which could be thousands, plus a few airline tickets. Although, I would have agreed to allow crew to play aboard down south for a week or so in exchange.
For me, marina costs to keep her in the water seemed reasonable. I can't justify $30-$40k in delivery expenses, just to use the boat for a few weeks.
This was all drafted up over a few beers one afternoon. In the end, we never did it. First, after I sobered up, I wasn't convinced I would even get away for the 3-4 weeks. I spend a lot of time aboard over the summer (typing from anchorage right now) and try to keep my nose to the grindstone in the winter. Second, the boat would unquestionably suffer notable wear and tear.
I have bareboat chartered myself several times since. It's cheaper and easier.
You may, however, sell the above concept to someone. Some just want their own boat down there. I was very close.
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