Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Currently in Savannah,GA
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Embarrasing Question, what in definition is a charter?
To "Charter" a boat basically means to rent it. It could be chartered with a skipper (Captain) or (bare-boated) without one. I''m not sure where the term charter came from, but I''ve always imagined it had something to do with the multi-page legal document that you sign to get the boat. It''s full of fine print.I''ve never read all of it, but I''m sure there is probably something in there about giving up your first born to the owners if you should wreck the boat.You mention that you and your girlfriend want to live on the water.As a sailor,and dreamer, I would be the last to shoot down your dream, but I think you need take into consideration a few things. First,have either you or your girfriend ever been on a boat? If not, I think you should save some money and take a trip on one to see if that is what you really want.There are all kinds of ways to do that.Windjammer cruises, working as crew for others, etc.Before you sell the farm and go for it, you need to understand that there''s a lot more to being out there when you''re own your own than sunsets and Margaritas.Running aground,storms,gear failure,1st mate whinning,and a whole multitude of other problems will create a "shaken,not stirred" life for you.Make sure that you and your girlfriend have a good understanding of that before you start,or you will probably loose the dream,and each other.