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11-10-2013 09:48 AM
Re: Purchasing a Charter Catamaran from the Moorings

Originally Posted by Fllcatsailor View Post
Ex-charter boats can be really good buys. It is important to do your due diligence and work with a marine surveyor you can trust, and someone who has an intimate knowledge of the entire process from phaseout to closing. If you need any help, or want any advice on buying an ex-charter boat please don't hesitate to PM me.
Fllcatsailor, saw your post but can't pm yet. I just entered into a purchase agreement for one of the 2008 Jeanneau SO 36i's from the Moorings/Sunsail at Abaco. She will be my first sailboat. I saw your post to ask you about phase-out refits. What should I expect from them? What should I push for? I will be at the Abaco base this week for sea trial and survey.
Thanks for your time,
08-17-2013 03:49 PM
Re: Purchasing a Charter Catamaran from the Moorings

Mokakat, Congrats on the new boat! I have been following your saga and thrilled to hear it all worked out in the end.

08-17-2013 02:13 PM
Re: Purchasing a Charter Catamaran from the Moorings

We ended up buying a 2008 Roberts and Caine Leopard 400 coming out of the Moorings charter. It was an owners version with low hours. We have been on the boat for about a week, and have taken it offshore for a 3 day voyage to one of the local cays. The Moorings team has been very good with us, and have repaired all of the items noted on the survey. They even fixed a few issued that we found during our follow up sea trial. We plan on staying here in Belize and in Guatemala for the duration of the hurricane season, and then head on up to Florida for a refit with solar, etc. So far we feel good about our purchase and the Moorings team here has been very helpful! You can follow our adventure at, as we travel on sabbatical for the next year or two.
06-19-2013 12:13 PM
Re: Purchasing a Charter Catamaran from the Moorings


I just saw your PM from a couple of weeks ago... I'm still a new member here, so I can't send PM's... I used to work in charter operations for moorings/sunsail and have worked on or sailed most of the boats that are coming onto the market...
06-19-2013 11:47 AM
Re: Purchasing a Charter Catamaran from the Moorings

Fllcatsailor, Yes, thank you! I also have been given that advice on the Yanmars! I am still looking for a 'good deal', as the current list of available boats seems to be getting smaller!
06-19-2013 11:43 AM
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Mokakat, there are some really good deals on Leopard 40's... I would highly recommend if you go after a Leopard 40 you go for one with yanmars versus the volvo's... In my time as an operations manager for the charter companies I had WAY more problems with volvo boats versus the yanmar boats...
06-19-2013 11:31 AM
Re: Purchasing a Charter Catamaran from the Moorings

Thanks TropicCat! I am a fan of this website! I sent a note to the Leopard 43 owner for some additional information. I haven't considered this cat due to the location on the Pacific side. We had focused on the Caribbean side for the past couple of months. The Leopard 40 that is for sale is in Spain, so at this time, it is too far from our targeted cruising area.

06-19-2013 10:31 AM
Re: Purchasing a Charter Catamaran from the Moorings

Leopard 40 for sale by owner
Leopard 43 for sale by owner
leopard 47 for sale by owner
06-19-2013 09:17 AM
Re: Purchasing a Charter Catamaran from the Moorings

Well, I am back from my Bahama boat buying trip, without a boat . We had a signed offer and acceptance on a 2008 Lagoon 380, which was a very nice boat. The reason that we passed was for three reasons. 1). the headroom on the bimini was too short, as I constantly hit my head on the edge while moving in and out of the cockpit (I'm 6'2"). The boom clearance wasn't high enough to allow raising the bimini, so I would have to live with it as it was. It was possible to install a hardtop, but the costs were high. 2). I would have had to add a separate freezer, as the freezer section was only large enough for a couple of ice trays. 3). Kitchen cabinets and counter top was made of a thin laminate, which was peeling off the doors. The sailing of the Lagoon was very nice, as we spent a couple of hours in the Sea of Abaco. I then looked at a Leopard 40, which I really liked. It was higher in price, but had plenty of headroom and a seperate freezer. I also liked the layout and construction of the kitchen. Unfortuately, I was out bid on the boat, so I am still looking for a catamaran. At least the trip wasn't wasted, as I know which boat I like the best. Now we are searching for a Leopard 40.
06-05-2013 11:17 AM
Re: Purchasing a Charter Catamaran from the Moorings

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