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Success does not happen overnight — it is earned. Becoming successful catamaran broker-consultants isn’t just business; it’s our lifestyle. Discovering new places, meeting extraordinary people and enjoying unique experiences feels more like fun than work! We are Stephen and Estelle. Over 25 years ago in a friend’s backyard in Cape Town, South Africa, we built our first boat. Then we sailed around the world. Today, sailing is our life and our passion. And life aboard has taught us important lessons that we happily share with others.
Today Catamaran Guru is the number one go-to company for catamaran buyers. As experienced yacht brokers and liveaboard catamaran owners ourselves, we can help you realize your cruising dreams safely and comfortably while maintaining as much of your investment as possible. Whether you are a cruiser looking for a well priced, well-equipped catamaran or want to reduce the cost of ownership by placing your catamaran in a charter fleet, we have the expertise to help you.
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This boat has been maintained by a professional crew with attention to detail and an owner who did not cut any corners when it comes to the quality of the vessel. Lady Katlo is in better than new condition with many upgrades and additional equipment. This is a turn key opportunity to get into the best Lagoon 620 on the market for either private use or charter operations at $1,350,000. Click to see the Listing here>>
We got our very first look at the NEW Leopard 45, recently launched in Cape Town. This picture of the two Leopards in Cape Town harbor was posted on the cruisers forum yesterday amid much speculation. We unfortunately don’t know the source and cannot confirm that the 45 will definitely replace the 44, but that is the rumour. Looking at the similar size, I guess that goes without saying.
At first blush the 45 looks much like a Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 with the vertical wrap around windows in the salon. Upon closer inspection, one can see that the hull shape and size is very similar in both cats. The Leopard signature front “porch/lounge” with direct access from the salon through the opening front door is still a prominent feature and they kept the semi-raised helm station (a very popular option with cruisers), rather than a fly-bridge.
Through our relationship with Dream Yacht, we are pleased to announce that we have TWO Lagoon 450 catamarans and TWO Lagoon 52 catamarans available for service in the BVI and the Bahamas in the “Dream Easy” program. This program is unique to Dream Yacht and is perfect for the owner who does not want to have a mortgage after the five years in service, which is standard for most charter companies. It is one of Dream Yacht's most sought-after programs, and with good reason.
Unlike all the other programs that are available in the industry, which result in the owner having a mortgage payment to make well after the boat leaves service, this program is designed to allow the owner to walk away free and clear after five years of service at a 40% discount. It is the "Dream Easy" way to get into the yacht of your choice and enjoy significant priveleges.
Over the last five years we have represented a number of buyers who have purchased large catamarans for personal use and who have placed their yachts into different charter programs. It seems the current trend in catamaran ownership is to go bigger! Most of our owners of catamarans over 50ft, place these catamarans into one of several crewed charter programs. The basic idea is that the boat is operated as a business, which enables the owner to reduce the cost of ownership through the use of available tax advantages and income from charter to pay for the boat.
We have sold large catamarans of different brands, of which the more popular ones are Lagoon 620, Fountaine Pajot 57 (and now the Ipanema 58), Lagoon 52, Fountaine Pajot 50 and Voyage 500. All our owners in these programs have successfully created small businesses and achieved their ultimate goals.
If you are a Lagoon catamaran owner, you can now use the Beneteau USA spare parts catalogue. For many years, sourcing spare parts for your Lagoon catamaran, or for any French-built catamaran for that matter, has been a real sticking point for a lot of owners. It is the one thing that we hear the most complaints about from boat owners. Well, no more! Lagoon has opened up a conduit for the Lagoon owner to order their spare parts directly from the factory using the Beneteau USA spare parts website.
American and Canadian owners of Beneteau-built Lagoon catamarans can order directy from the Beneteau USA spare parts service website for these models:
We have seen many yacht businesses operated in charter programs very successfully around the world as small businesses by our clients. Offsetting the cost of ownership is a sound strategy especially in the yacht charter business. However, there are many regulatory challenges to a yacht charter program, including complex tax laws, IRS regulations, active participation rules, profit motive, and other business considerations.
Your endeavor may be considered a "business" by the IRS if you can show ability and show a legitimate effort to make a profit. Learn more about Section 179 tax deductions for yacht charter businesses. This allows you to deduct all expenses relating to the business operation from the business income tax report. Losses shown in the early years of ownership can be used to offset other income such as income from other trade or business, investment earnings, or wages from another job.
In the last three months, we have completed 3 blue water sailing trips, totaling 2400+ NM, on our Lagoon 450S catamaran. We are ready to share our thoughts about its performance, as well as our likes and dislikes about the catamaran overall. When we first saw the drawings of the Lagoon 450S, we really liked the design. It had many of the features we wanted in a cruising catamaran, the most important feature being the semi-raised helm station. This was always a non-negotiable point for us and the Sportop fit the
bill perfectly. The other catamaran choice offering a semi-raised helm would have been the Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 (review and pictures). The FP Helia is a nice boat, but we didn't like the interior as much (purely personal preference) and it is substantially smaller than the Lagoon in volume (click on the picture below to see the comparison).
Bob Bell is as enthusiastic as his legendary Atomic Tape is versatile. We met up with him at last year’s Annapolis Boat Show and have a video to share with you in which Bob explains in his rapid-fire manner, all the ways this flexible (in more ways than one!) silicone tape can be used on the boat and off. This amazing product made in Delaware has many marine and other uses, but was originally developed in the 1960s for wire-bundling on fighter jets.
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Why Choose Us As Brokers?
...because we practice what we preach!
Our "Dream Job" is also our "Dream Life"
We have sailed 50,000+ blue water miles
Live-aboards for the past 22yrs and counting
Built our own boat and sailed to 46+ countries
Part-owned a catamaran manufacturing facility
Consulting with major catamaran manufacturers
We are the experts in our field
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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>>
Testimonials From Our Clients
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friends and fellow sailors! -Stephen & Estelle
Alan R. Lagoon 400 "Rendezvous"
With Stephen's expert and patient assistance, I was able to move rapidly from just considering charter yacht purchase to now eagerly awaiting the imminent delivery to BVI of a new 2014 Lagoon 400 S2. His advice has been impeccable... Read More>>
Mackie & Kathy C. Lagoon 450 "Katlo"
Please let the email serve as a professional reference of the highest caliber for Stephen Cockcroft while functioning in the capacity of a yacht broker. My wife, Kathy, and I just recently purchased a new Lagoon 450 and were very impressed how Stephen managed the entire process. Read more>>