Join Date: Jun 2011
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Re: help with acquistion of boat
Do you actually have any sailing experience? Chartering experience?
You cannot charter "over seas" in a country you are not a citizen of and your boat is not registered in (then you'll need a local captain's license as well), without work permits and only where you won't be in competition w/ the locals.
To charter in the Virgin Islands, you must have an agent or charter broker, charter management company and BVI certification if you want to take passengers into the BVIs.
How do you plan to get charters in any area that has established, experienced crews who have a great track record and years of satisfied clients?
rockDAWG is absolutely right; go cruising and enjoy your boat. As you travel you'll meet lots of charter boats and you can learn a bit more about the industry, first hand. A few weeks crewing on a term charter boat may open your eyes to the realities of chartering; it is long days and very hard work. When I operated charter boats in the Caribbean, though the pay was quite decent, I figure it worked out to about $6.00 an hour with room and board thrown in!