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Maybe I missunderstoof his post. If so, I apologize.
I thought it meant should he buy a boat outright or buy a boat with frac ownership or charter ownership.
I this was your question, outright. IN MY OPINION, the charter business is really tough on boats. I realize they go through them with a fine tooth comb before you get them back, but it is not the things they see that concerns me - it is the ones they dont.
If you are contemplating buying a 38 without any previous boat ownership, it would do you well to try and crew a bit first. Maybe charter a bit. Find a friend with a boat. Boats, in general, are easy to buy and hard to sell. THere are a lot of things you can learn before making the plunge. However, my family and I cannot imagine any other life. I am 36, been sailing large boats for about 12 years - one designs before that. Speaking of one designs, that is a great way to learn how to sail and really enjoy it.
Just some thoughts. Hang around sailnet and ask questions. You will get a good feel. Buy Chapmans Piloting and Annapolis Book of Seamanship. THey are great introductions and should be a part of every boat. I still enjoy reading them.
All the best.