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Being successful catamaran broker-consultants isn’t just business, it’s our lifestyle. We are Stephen & Estelle. 25+ years ago in a friend’s backyard in Cape Town, South Africa, we built our first boat then sailed the world. Discovering new places, meeting extraordinary people, and enjoying unique experiences was fun, not work! We've co-owned a catamaran manufacturer, consulted with catamaran manufacturers, managed charter companies, and taught sailing. These experiences and living aboard for 22+ years have taught us important lessons that we happily share with fellow sailors and yacht owners like you.
Today, Catamaran Guru is the number one go-to company for catamaran buyers. As experienced yacht brokers and liveaboard catamaran owners ourselves, we help you realize your cruising dreams safely and comfortably while maintaining more of your investment. Whether you are a cruiser looking for a well priced, well-equipped catamaran or want to reduce cost of ownership by placing your catamaran in a charter fleet, we have the expertise to help you. Read More>>
Location: Charleston, SC / Price: $94,500
S/V Felix is for SALE – Rare opportunity for much sought after Catalac 10M in great shape, and ready to sail away, including all gear onboard! Designed and built in England by Tom Lack, the Catalac 10 is a true blue water cruising cat that is extremely well built, very sea kindly and a super comfortable live aboard.
The owners say this about their beloved boat: "We bought Felix in 2009 to do the Great Loop, East Coast, Keys, Bahamas and whatever else we might dream up. With her newish Twin 30 hp Yanmar Diesel engines, only 3’ draft, and enormous storage she proved to be the perfect boat! We have loved her and lovingly cared for her by adding many upgrades over the years."
If you want to go south this winter, north in the spring, or cross the Atlantic, she is ready to go. Hanging out here in Charleston, America’s favorite city, could be a fabulous beginning for your cruising on this GREAT BOAT! See the listing here>>
Lagoon Catamarans graciously invited our team and our clients for a private viewing of the Lagoon Seventy7 in Miami this week. The Seventy7 is everything and more that one would expect on a mega yacht. My video may not do it complete justice, so do take a moment at the Strictly Sail Miami Boat Show to view this magnificent yacht! (By appointment only).
In designing the Lagoon Seventy7, Lagoon managed to assembled a great team for its flagship: VPLP, Patrick Le Quément and Nauta Design. Together they have produced a luxuriously elegant and innovative sailing catamaran.
The main deck is on one level and flows from the aft cockpit, through the salon onto the forward cockpit and trampolines. The fly-bridge is huge with twin steering stations and entertainment areas, including wet bar, grill and fridges and they have a Jacuzzi as an option. The owner suite with opening balcony on the side hull is a very neat feature and is sure to draw attention! Engine upgrades, different sail plans and furniture are but a few of the specifications that are available to change to the owner’s specifications. They also offer various layout options, customized to owner’s specifications.
Confused about the boat business program? Does the guaranteed income program look enticing but you are unsure if it is right for you? Whatever your concerns about
buying a catamaran, we can help! Confidently confirm your choice of catamaran model and/or your ownership program!
Meet with STEPHEN COCKCROFT, the top yacht ownership and catamaran EXPERT. He can help you make an informed decision, avoid costly mistakes, plan your exit strategy, and get the most enjoyment from owning your yacht.
ONLY 5 APPOINTMENTS PER DAY AVAILABLE
WHERE: Strictly Sail Miami International Boat Show
WHEN: February 16th to 20th, 2017
BOOTH: Dream Yacht Charter- Pier C, Mia Marina at Bayside
Show Location: www.strictlysailmiami.com
Cruising World Magazine released their “Boat of The Year 2017” winners in early December 2016. The prestigious judging panel declared: “Catamarans, catamarans, catamarans: Never in the 22-year history of our annual Boat of the Year competition have we seen so many catamarans.” Yup, we had a big slew of great new catamaran designs hit the boat shows in 2016 and each of them found a niche!
Two of the award winners, the Xquisite X5 and the Leopard 45, are also on Catamaran Guru's list, 2016 Top 5 Cruising Catamarans Picks. Two more catamarans, the Balance 526 and the Lagoon 42, were also high on our list of considerations. We did not pick the Balance 526 because we simply have not been on the boat and do not know enough to give an informed opinion but we hope to meet up with Phil Berman to get an education. Any new owners of a Balance 526, we would love to hear from you!
Check out the new Fountaine Pajot 47 video! The new FP 47 is due to be launched in April 2017. Yet before the year began, the model sold out well into 2017. The new FP 47 has great living space including a huge open-plan cockpit designed for entertaining with integrated BBQ and an innovative new tender lift that doubles as a swimming platform. The swim platform / dinghy lift is THE biggest selling point for this catamaran!
Our top five catamaran picks for 2016 are exceptional catamarans each in their own right and it was difficult to pick them out amongst the too many good brands and models. We could have listed several more catamarans but the 5 we chose, seemed to have really done well with the general sailing public and with our clients in particular. Bearing in mind that the majority of our clients are long-term sailing cruisers and are primarily concerned with livability, comfort, quality, price and then performance. However, these five cats fare equally well in management in a charter fleet, which is how many of our clients at least partially pay for their future cruising catamarans.
These catamaran models are all modern, lightweight construction and fresh designs. There are no extensions added to the scoops to stretch the size of the cat or old technology and finishing like head liners and roll-on paint. These catamarans are well thought out and well designed. While our five catamaran picks meet most or all of the criteria for cruising couples, they are not racing catamarans but are also not slow. The goal is to get 160-180NM (6.5-7.5 knots average) in 24hours on a 40ft cat and 180-220NM (7.5-9 knots average) on a 45ft cat in good conditions. Easily achievable on these cats if sailed safely and at their optimum.
Yacht charter management is a good way to reduce the cost of a boat and also offset the cost of ownership. To make it a successful endeavor, the yacht owner has to be informed and involved. There are different types of management programs offered by the charter industry, but the two most popular programs offered by most charter companies are the "Guaranteed Income Program" and the "Performance or Income Sharing Program". Both these programs have their pros and cons and the boat owner has to figure out what will work best for their particular situation and plans.
The main aspects to consider for the boat buyer when choosing charter management programs are their risk tolerance and possible need for tax benefits. That will dictate, to a large degree, if a guaranteed monthly income with less risk, involvement, and liability vs the Performance Program with higher revenues, but more personal involvement, may be a better fit for you.
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