We thought it would be fun to check in with our sailing school "graduates" and yacht buyers periodically to see where they are and how their sailing careers are progressing. Here is where we can catch up, swap stories, give and receive advice and tips, and reminisce with a frou-frou drink in hand.
Please join us for loads of fun!
Cheryl and Bob Piccoli spent five years in the planning phase before they purchased their Lagoon catamaran from us. Big Dog II is in charter in the Bahamas and is doing great. They have become good friends and have advocated for us at several boat shows in Annapolis. In this article Bob and Cheryl answer all the questions that potential buyers might have and they share some tips, like:
1. Understand that this is a major financial investment: "If they tell you it's going to pay for itself in the first year, don't walk away, run," Bob says. Be certain you can handle miscellaneous startup costs.
2. Ask yourself what you ultimately want from this boat: "Do you want it to pay for itself and then sail away on it? Are you going to trade it in? You have to know what you want to do with the boat," Bob says.
Dave, a 20+ year veteran of the U.S. Coastguard and his wife Peggy did their ASA live-aboard sailing school course with us in the Bahamas in 2009. They fell in love with the lifestyle and made the decision to sell their house, buy a catamaran and do a sabbatical on their 42ft Fountaine Pajot catamaran upon their retirement.
After a wonderful adventure on the eastern seaboard and the Bahamas on board Simplicity, they sold her and moved to the west coast, closer to their family. They settled into the community and Dave took a job as a yacht broker. Dave and Peggy have since acquired Bellhaven Yacht Sales and Charters and have become local celebrities and their business is thriving!
Kanina, a Prout 45 has been in service for the last 4 years and she is ready to retire to Texas where her owners are eagerly awaiting her arrival. We set Kanina up in our "Yacht as a Business" program in the Bahamas with great results and they are ready to get Kanina back to het "home" in Texas where they now will be able to retire her as a business and use her as their personal yacht. This is what the owners say: "Stephen, I finished my taxes today as pulled the KANINA Inc & Exp into a summary spreadsheet, see attached FYI as I thought you may find it of interest. General observations are that you were pretty close with most of the expenses on a % basis...Pretty much as per the planned 4 year BP, good time to move the boat to TX!" Happy sailing!
Mackie and Kathy started out as two novices in the world of yacht chartering when they first bought their Lagoon 450 "Katlo" two years ago. They learned fast and very quickly as they built a wonderful reputation as one of the best crewed catamarans in the BVI. They loved Katlo and the experience so much that they decided to get a Lagoon 620 "Lady Katlo" for the ultimate in crewed charter luxury. They have an amazing 3-person crew with an experienced captain, award-winning chef and attentive steward. Lady Katlo sails the Virgin Islands, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and beyond. Lady Katlo is truly your tranquil home away from home. We had the privilege of spending a few days on board Lady Katlo and we can attest to her excellence!
If you are interested in setting up a crewed charter business for your catamaran, contact us for a consultation.
Mike and Micheala are originally from San Diego, California. They were referred to us by sailing friends of many years, Tony and Cleo who owns the most famous Houseboat business in Langebaan, South Africa (small world!). We found Mike and Micheala's dream catamaran, a Voyage 50, in the BVI and before long they sold everrything and permanently moved to the BVI to charter their own boat called "Feel The Magic". These two are super talented, love the sailing lifestyle and no other crewed yacht is better suited charter and no other crew is more fun than these guys on "Feel The Magic". Micheala is a certified sommelier and a terrific chef and has earned: First Place in the 2012 and 2013 St. Thomas Broker Yacht Show Culinary Contest and the have been featured in USA Today's article "10 Best romantic getaways in the Caribbean" and in All at Sea Magazine.
Contact us for more information on how to set up your owner operator charter business.
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