Originally Posted by bljones
Also, European charter customers have a bias towards Euro boats a) because they are familiar and b ) because of a perceived quality bias over American boats.
I don't think that is the point. Some American boats are very popular in Europe in their segment: J boats is an example. They are even made in France.
The point is that Europeans like more modern designed boats and Americans have a more traditional taste. I din't think you can call that a Bias, more a tendency.
That of course can explain why American boats are not used to charter in Europe but would not explain why on the Caribbean almost all charters are European designed boats, many made in the USA.
Charter companies buy the boats that they can put at the better price on charter, boats that the customers what to sail and boats that give them a good durability and value when they sell them 5 or 6 years later. On other words, the boats that offer them a better profit.
I guess the reason you see a lot more Beneteaus than Catalinas doing charter in America is the same reason that gives a much bigger market share to Beneteaus sold in America to private customers compared to Catalina.
But there are some Catalinas doing charter:
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The reason there are not more is that their value on charter for week is about the same as Beneteaus, meaning that people want to sail as much on a Catalina as on a Beneteau and as a Beneteau are less expensive....the profit is bigger.