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03-29-2007 02:01 AM
sailaway21 Yeah, sorry-a general rule of thumb is to not rent out anything you care about, muchless are emotional about.
03-29-2007 12:38 AM

Thanks for the responses...brought up some interesting points I've not considered. Back to the drawing board.
03-28-2007 10:54 PM
Insails Hobbys...hmmmm they should stay just that..
I had a hobby one time ,decided I would make money with it..
Thats when I realized my hobby was no longer fun but work..
03-28-2007 10:11 PM
GregRiach Cliff

I have personal experience in owning a boat in charter service. Send me a PM me if you want to discuss this further.

03-28-2007 09:26 PM
sailingdog Giu-

I'm so insulted that you confused me for CD...
03-28-2007 07:43 PM
poopdeckpappy Uh, we have 6 charter boats in the next dock over and I see them daily headed out and coming do not want to buy a boat for your personal use and then put it in a charter me, if some of these clowns thought there was a chance to make the drive thru at Burger King, they'd go for it

The only way I would use a charter program would be if I had another primary boat for my personal use and used the program to offset the maintanence for it
03-28-2007 06:21 PM
ReverendMike Cliff
I had thought about the 'buy it and put it in charter' thing. Looked into the deal that the Moorings runs for them, etc. It was the only way i'd be able to buy a 35+ foot boat anytime soon. And then i went out on a charter for the first time. I personally (no really! ) didn't contribute to the premature aging of the boat i was on (honest, i was sooooo paranoid! ), but it wasn't that nice for only 6 months old. The first afternoon out we snorkeled around the keel counting dings. And the 3 year old boats at the charter base i wouldn't buy for parts! They'll make someone a nice floating condo somewhere after their 5 or so years in the charter fleet, but wouldn't be safe to take out of the harbor without putting more money into them than they probable cost when new. It's a hard life those boats have, used more in a year than many others are in their lifetime. I think PamlicoT said it best (and most graphically! ) I'll wait for the right 'girl' to come along and hope i can still get it up (the mainsail, that is...... )

(edit: also most of the designs they take for charter aren't what a cruising couple would want - ooops someone already pointed that out)
03-28-2007 06:07 PM
Giulietta CD right...

well..they are the blood of my blood....and they are so cute...I forgive them anything....

So...... kids excluded.....

I had a very collectible 1970 red Alfa Romeo Spider, (I never drove it so it woulnd't get damaged, 15000 Km imaculate, never painted etc.) and one day the door lock jammed...I took the panel appart and was fixing it...Fred was playing around in thr garage, he was maybe 1 1/2 years old maybe 2...I left for a while, and when I returned, Fred was hammering the door of the car with the sharp end of a hammer...he dented the door so much....

I remember smiling and picking him up....he said "dada I fix car"!!! and hugged me....

Never forget that...the car is gone...Fred is here....I love my family...more than my boat...

so family can break...
03-28-2007 05:57 PM
sailingdog Giu-

You know you'd let Fred break the boom on your long as he wasn't hurt doing it... A lot of tough talk, but you're a marshmallow when it comes to your kids... total pushover...
03-28-2007 05:48 PM
Giulietta I broke my boat, and kicked my own ass...imagine someone else breaking it...I'd murder......
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