I don't know of any, however, depends on your needs, but if you just want to go for a sail and get a feel for the boat, I have one on the Great Lakes. Not for charter but always happy to help out a fellow sailor.Does anybody know of a charter company that has Pacific Seacraft sailboats in their fleet ?
Agreed, the PSC group is fairly active and sure someone will be glad to help ya out (we own one as well). Not sure your location. Also agreed that most folks interested in chartering are gunna want "more" creature comforts and space that PSC provide. In addition a person interested in a charter/purchase program would have to spend well over $700k for a new PSC 40 lets say vs $250k for a new Beneteau 40. Heck, most charter sailboats don't even raise their sails when going from point A to B. Another reason power CATs are becoming the choice for chartering. PSC's are purpose built boats for their seaworthy and sea kindly motions along with the construction and equipment to get you there safely. They are pricey even used. They do hold their value and are sill made.boy I'd be surprised. all charter fleets I've seen are mass production boats. If you just want to try one find their users forum and see if someone is close by. Pretty boats!
Yes I think that’s definitely one of the reasons however there are nice charters of boats other than benetaus jeaneus, and Catamarans. , which I would consider chartering before a PSC. Tartans, Calipers, HR, for instance.
I like the PSC as a good small ocean worth cruiser if you want a narrow, footprint. The are average speed wise with quality workmanship. Great for sea kindliness and easily singlehanded.
It definitely has a niche of owners like you who are loyal to their brand, just like any other brand. It’s isn’t really any more spendy than many other well made brands of similar length. I have never used price as a criterion for which boat is necessarily better. Besides it’s what you are looking for in a boat. Charters are more about volume.
Understand I am not disparaging them , my good friend has a 37.
You are Probably only looking at large charter companies here. Which is fine if you want to sail with the herd and don’t want to venture to places away from the crowds. We prefer chartering in WORLD areas where we will see more than a myriad of moorings off a touristy Carribean Island . No put down here just a different style and more adventuresome. If you want to sample other boats you have to get away from the big charter companies.I have personally never know a charter company to offer Tartans, sure some maybe do but don't know of any. HR's maybe but only heard of them in Europe which makes sense given they are based there. Sure there are others but the bulk of the charter fleets are especially configured Bene's, Jeanneau, Hunter, etc. for the charter market so that they can accommodate many incarnations of charter parties. Even a new Tartan 395 is about $450k which is $250k less than the new PSC 40. Let's face it, no one is gunna pay more in a charter for a narrower, less goodie filled boat designed to circumnavigate the world so they can island hop for a week in the Caribbean. I wouldn't. The poor owner who is out $700k for the PSC can never begin to recoup costs. Ain't gunna happen, not that you are guaranteed to with a less expensive boat either.
PSC has chosen to keep the designs unchanged, for as we know, the demands of the sea remain unchanged. They are purpose built and if you are not inclined to appreciate that purpose, they are, in spite of looks, quality, whatever, the wrong boat. The major design shifts have been in response to creature comfort, such as more spacious cockpits, wider transoms for larger lockers for the extra "stuff" and more spacious aft staterooms, plumb bows for more LWL enhancing marketability and comfort but not necessarily better sea handling or worthiness. The real emerging dominant force for charters is the catamaran, and in particular power cats. Let's face it, no matter how you weigh in on it, Cats have better livability, comfort at anchor, space to luxuriate in the sun, shallower draft, private quarters, yada yada. I guarantee if we charter in the islands it's gunna be a Cat. You're only island hopping anyway cuz ya gotta stay within the reach of the charter company. Remember we have a 31 foot Pacific Seacraft. We clearly didn't get it because of her accommodations or price per pound of displacement. We could have owned a much newer, much larger boat for the same price. I didn't say better. It just fits our needs. I single hand much or just two of us and 31 is just fine by me! We actually looked at 34's and 37's and liked the layout better on the 31. Did look at a 40 as well...but we are mortal human beings! Plus we weren't really fans of the canoe stern on the larger models as it already limits space aft on already relatively short on space boats! Gotta love they way they look though.
....so hope the OP can find his way onto one, they do sail themselves (as any proper design should). If we have Interlude trimmed well she will hold course without a hand on the wheel or auto pilot engaged, though we do like having Ray aboard, uh Ray Marine!
oh... a final note about speed, little bits add up and clearly if you are hoping to make time on a passage even a 1 knot difference in speed adds up. If this is a consideration then speedier boats may be better suited for you than PSC's. However sometimes speed comes with the price of discomfort and stress on a rig. We are in no hurry. Rather finish rested than first! Many other boats fit this description as well. Good luck.