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Question Boat partnerships

Could anyone give me information about how I could connect with other sailors who might be interested in some sort of sharing arrangement either buying together or chartering a boat -- we would like to have access to a daysailer for a month in Maine (e.g. Alerion, J/100). Wonder if anyone has ideas about how or where you connect with others who might be interested in this kind of arrangement. We own a Sabre 362 for cruising, but would like to have access to a simpler daysailer. Any suggestions appreciated.

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Re: Boat partnerships

We had a long standing partnership with friends we had been sailing with prior to making it 'official'.. and ended up running two boats within the partnership arrangement. A 40 foot 'cruiser' and a 24 foot daysailer/racer. It was the best of both worlds, though we did have the fortunate combination of inexpensive/available moorage for both.

We cruised in comfort, raced without big bills, kept our preteen and teenage children interested and happy to 'race with the parents' through their highschool years. Towards the end we took both boats cruising... the youngsters invited friends and brought the small boat along too. That meant we didn't need to worry about leaving them 'home alone' for weeks on end, they had the pleasure of initiating their friends into our world, and we adults had much more 'space' on the 'big boat'.

The partnership lasted 15 years or so.. broken up only by our decision to relocate with a career change. Half the bills, half the work, lots of crew, all good!!

Arranging a short term deal at a distant location is going to be logistically more difficult.
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Re: Boat partnerships

Thanks for your very helpful encouraging message. The trick, as you say is finding the right partner and dealing with logistics. We live in Atlanta GA but spend summers in Maine so we are looking for partners in Maine, could be difficult as you say, but it is great to know that despite all the complexities and risks that people like you have had good experiences. Thanks again, pleasant sailing! Rick
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