Charter Income & Tax Advantages
Because yacht ownership could be very be expensive, we are always looking for ways to offset the cost of yacht ownership. We have helped many of our owners, reduce the cost of ownership with charter income and tax advantages. Explore all the avenues here.
Catamarans: The Future Of Sailing?
This 137-year old concept, revived by the 2013 America's Cup and accelerated by limitless budgets and rapid innovation and technology, is propelling catamaran popularity into the general sailing community with spectacular speed. Nothing beats their comfort, speed and safety.
How To Buy Your Catamaran
Our website is loaded with tips, guides and useful information for anyone looking to buy a catamaran. We offer expert analysis of the yacht's value based on configuration, location, cosmetics and overall current supply/demand for similar models.
BALI 4.5 by Catana: The "New-New" In Catamarans
The BALI 4.5 by Catana will be featured at the Miami Sailboat Show in February 2015. We have received the latest pictures from Catana and sailors are very impressed with this new addition to the company. With the arrival of the new BALI Catamarans, the Catana Group is positioning itself as a front-row player in the cruising catamaran market. Here are a few of the high points to look out for: SLIDESHOW & FULL REVIEW by Multihulls World Magazine
- No more unprotected stern mounted steering. The bulkhead steering is new.
- No daggerboards - much easier to sail for a bigger market of cruisers.
- Solid foredeck provides the biggest and most comfortable cockpit area of any catamaran.
Take a 360 Tour of the Bali 4.5 (click on the green dots on the inset photo to tour different areas).
BALI 4.3: Unique RETRACTABLE DOOR For Indoor/Outdoor Living
The BALI 4.3 has a single cockpit /saloon area with a totally flush deck, entirely free of bulkheads and accessed by a huge retractable glass door on electric struts. This is a truly unique arrangement allowing for bigger living space without compromising safety.
Featured Articles By Catamaran Guru Experts
The Helia 44 is a very successful catamaran in the size range with more than 130 boats sold since the launch in 2012. However popular, Fountaine Pajot have done a range of improvements on the original design. Mostly everything stays the same as far as dimensions and specifications. Mainly the changes are cosmetic that adds comforst and luxury. A few of the changes are:
Which sailing catamaran is right for me? Which catamaran is the best value? Lagoon 450, Fountaine Pajot Helia 44, Bali 4.5 or Leopard 44? That is the question! These sailing catamarans are four of the most popular production catamarans on the market today. They are similar in length but there are significant differences between these catamarans in profile, styling, power to weight ratios, volume, and comfort. We have done a price and specifications comparison of these four sailing catamaran models and you be the judge.
This is Part 2 of a great article on LED lights by our good friend and genius tech guy, Michael Blake at Palladium Technologies.
In my previous article I discussed the Facts and Myths of LED lights, which brings us to the stage of revealing the magic to selecting the correct fixtures. I use the word magic only because there seems to be so much confusion regarding what constitutes a good LED fixture, it must be either luck or magic when there is a successful implementation of LED lights. Much of my discussion will center on the traditional down light of which hundreds can be found on our today’s yachts. These can be used for general illumination, lighting specific artwork on the yacht, or special purposes, such as night illumination on the bridge. I will now unveil those items from my magic cape, which I feel are critical to achieving an acceptable, LED upgrade or new build installation. For ease of comprehension, I have broken these items into categories, in general order of importance, but as you will read all can be quite important.
There is so much uncertainty about how a yacht can qualify as a small business and legitemately take tax deductions that will benefit you directly. The fact is that if you are a US tax payer and want to own your own yacht at a substantially reduced cost, this program will work for you and it is completely legal. There are many misconceptions about this program of yacht ownership, i.e. some people mistakenly believe that predominant use of the vessel has to be in the U.S. to qualify for tax advantages. That is incorrect.
A U.S. flagged vessel is considered to be substantially part of the U.S. economy even if the vessel operates in foreign waters like BVI and the corporation that owns the vessel is a U.S. entity and therefor a U.S. taxpayer and can be eligible for tax advantages. We have compiled a list of FAQ's about this "Yacht As A Business" program and charter yacht management but feel free to contact us with any additional questions.
Lagoon Catamarans announced two new models for Fall 2015. The enormously popular Lagoon 450 and 52 Flybridge versions are still available. But Lagoon acknowledged that they needed to fill a need in the market for a non-flybridge option like is available from their competitors with Fountaine Pajot's Helia 44.
Lagoon needed a catamaran for a short-handed crew and designed the 450 and 52 Sport Tops to fit the bill. Many of the same good characteristics Lagoon fans appreciate remain. The sail areas are the same. However, the lower mast and boom reduces pitching and makes the boom easier to access. Unlike the Flybridge versions, the fitted steering position fixed on the cabin-top aft bulkhead allows easy access to the cockpit area and is secured with an opening safety gate, allowing easy access to the deck while being secure during bad weather. The interior layouts have changed with larger galley areas and more storage.
For cruisers, these catamarans are really nice upgrades. Lagoon will release photographs and specifications for these models at the Cannes boat show, so stay tuned. In the meantime, check out this video of the Lagoon 450S.
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...because we practice what we preach!
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We have sailed 50,000+ blue water miles
Live-aboards for the past 22yrs and counting
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Learning Center & Seamanship
We Don't Only Teach You Sailing Techniques.
We Teach You The Sailing Lifestyle!
We have been involved in sail training for ASA since 1996. Many of our graduates have successfully moved on to owning their own boats and are long term cruisers or charter boat owners, like Reg & Rita in this picture on their Prout 50 called R&R.
The ASA sail training courses provide a good grounding for all new sailors and the weeklong live-aboard courses are invaluable for anyone who plan to own their own boat. We work with some of the best training facilities in the USA, Bahamas and Caribbean to provide top notch training. Learn to Sail>>
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Alan R. Lagoon 400 "Rendezvous"
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