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Re: Newbie to boat shares
Caleb's post was my first thought too... Charter companies aren't personally invested in their boats like most owners.. I think that's a long shot.
OTOH a formalized partnership ownership can make a lot of sense. All bills are essentially split, it's not usually too difficult to come up with a mutually agreeable usage schedule, the maintenance work is halved as well.
However just as you wouldn't (at least not immediately) marry someone based on a CL ad, getting into such a partnership is not something I'd advise with total strangers. We were involved in a very successful 15 year partnership with another family.. kids similar ages and a large, powerful boat that needed some crew. The people we partnered with had been sailing with us for several years already and we knew it would be a compatible situation.
It turned out for us that for the most part we cruised/raced together, often with up to 8 aboard during summer (adults and kids). Projects were more affordable and more easily accomplished, and all in all it worked very well for quite a long time. We had to dissolve it only because of a career change and relocation that made it inconvenient, and it was so much boat that neither of us wanted it just for ourselves (both handling wise and moorage bill wise) We've each gone to mid 30 footers and quite happy there - and still cruise together on occasion.
So the difficulty is going to be finding the 'right' situation.. tough to know/achieve with a 'looking for partner' ad. It is not that unusual for existing partnerships to go through changes and be looking for someone new to take a share over, so keep an eye for those ads, primarily in the marine mags etc.
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