Join Date: Mar 2009
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That depends on the nature of the "considerable experience". A 5 couple boat is a lot of boat.
OTOH, our first charter without an instructor on board was a Moorings 4000 (Leopard 40) Catamaran with 4 couples, and we did fine with it. But that was tight with 8 people--you'd probably want a bigger one.
Our biggest issue was dinghy size. We had to make too trips everywhere. Two boats would give you two dinghies. Not only could you take everyone in one trip, you get more flexibility if your group splits up for shore trips.
Have you looked into flotillas? Or maybe a hired captain would be willing to act as a mini-flotilla leader?
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Lewisville Lake, TX