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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>>
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Catamarans have become so popular that the demand far outweighs the supply. This is both good and bad. Catamarans retain their value far better and for much longer than monohulls because we just don't have enough of them. The bad thing is that new catamarans are becoming more and more expensive. We therefore are constantly trying to find ways to reduce the cost of ownership for our clients. This article is a guide for people to explore new avenues to help pay for the cost of their catamarans.
Join Catamaran Guru at the 2016 Annapolis Boat Show in October. Make an appointment us to talk about catamarans, liveaboard lifestyle, and yacht ownership options!
The US Sailboat Show is a sailor's mecca, internationally acclaimed and recognized as the largest, most prestigious, and oldest in-water sailboat show in the world. No matter if you are a catamaran fan like us or prefer monohulls, you will find the boat of your dreams here as well as tons of convenient and helpful equipment and accessories you "need" for your boat!
More than fifty multihulls will be presented at this show, creating the largest collection of catamarans and trimarans in the world including Bali, Lagoon, Fountaine Pajot, Xquisite Yachts, Leopard, Voyage, Seawind, Outremer, Nautitech, Mainecat, among others.
Confused about which catamaran will be best for your and your family's needs? Not sure if charter management is right for you? Can you legitimately offset the cost of yacht ownership by using the "boat-as-a-business" ownership program? If you need answers to any of these questions, come and see us. We have answers!
Come on out one or more days from Thursday, October 6th through Monday, October 10th from 10:00am - 5:00pm. Among the many exciting events and boats, you will see the world premier reveal of the Leopard 45 (sneak peak in video at right).
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Catamaran builders have really focused on the 40ft “entry-level” catamaran models of late. It has a broader appeal for families and cruising couples because with these modern, more voluminous cats, you get a lot more boat at a very affordable price. The new range of 40ft catamaran models on the market today, has the same comfort and luxury appeal of that of a 50ft catamaran without the “luxury price tag”.
While the new 40-footers have the space and comfort of a much bigger boat and can easily and comfortably accommodate a family living aboard, the cost involved in maintenance, insurance, dockage etc. is still that of a 40-footer and the Fountaine Pajot’s new Lucia 40 is a great contender. With a base price around $290,000 ($450,000 fully loaded) the Fountaine Pajot Lucia 40 puts a well equipped sailing catamaran within reach of a lot more cruising couples and families.
We first reported here on July 19th, that a NEW Leopard model was launched in Cape Town and now we have confirmation! Leopard Catamarans announced today that the new model 45 would be unveiled at the Annapolis boat show in October 2016. As we have mentioned before, the new Leopard 45 is probably going to replace the Leopard 44 (not confirmed) and is no doubt a model to compete with the very popular Fountaine Pajot Helia 44.
The exterior styling for this new model is more angular than the current line of Leopard catamarans. They have added a new sleek hardtop bimini, which extends all the way from the forward cockpit to the aft cockpit. Yes, they kept their signature forward cockpit with the opening door into the salon, one of the most popular features of the Leopard catamaran range. They also have kept the semi-raised helm station, another very popular feature for cruising couples.
While selling catamarans is our business and we obviously would like to sell as many catamarans as we can, we sometimes have to advise people against buying a boat. One thing we will NOT do, is tell a buyer what they want to hear to make a sale. If a boat is not a good fit for the buyer or their choice of boat does not fit their budget or sailing application, we will try to steer them right. It is quite simply the right thing to do, even if that means not selling the boat at all.
Last week we had a client who came to us for advice, expecting to be sold on one of the ownership solutions that we tout on the website. However, after Brian and his wife relayed their situation to us, we knew that they needed to go a different way. Brian will retire in 3-5 years and he and his wife want to buy a boat to liveaboard on and go cruising after retirement.
Read on by clicking "read more" at the left to hear exactly how serious we are about being buyers' brokers...on the catamaran buyers' side even when it means not making a sale.
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We have 2016 Lagoon 620 catamarans & Fountaine Pajot Ipanema 58 catamarans available for luxury crewed charter management. The program GUARANTEES an 8.5% ANNUAL INCOME of the delivered price of the boat. The program runs for 72 months and all boats are professionally crewed.
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