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.
The BALI Catamaran Range is truly unique boats! Both the BALI 4.5 and the BALI 4.3 will be unveiled for the first time at the Annapolis Sailboat Show in October! We have been involved with BALI catamarans since its inception and we are very excited to see how these catamarans will be received here in the U.S. BALI catamaran's very unique features, coupled with the prestigious Catana name, makes this range of catamarans a force to be reckoned with. Judging by the enthusiastic response from the European boat shows, we are sure that it will be a hit here.
The BALI 4.5 catamaran by Catana interesting features:
• 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).
• SLIDESHOW & our Bali 4.5 FULL REVIEW & Test Sail
The BALI 4.3 Catamaran by Catana unique features:
• single cockpit /saloon area with a totally flush deck
• entirely free of bulkheads
• accessed by a huge retractable glass door on electric struts
• Read this Review of the Bali 4.3 >>
• Video of the retractable door, interior and deck layout>>
While there are many skeptics and detractors to operating a yacht as a small business, we feel that if it is done correctly with a sincere intent to create a small business, which will either be profitable in the short term or in the long term through a paid-off asset acquisition, it is the correct business strategy for a yacht owner to reduce the cost of ownership.
We have not only successfully helped many yacht owners to set up a yacht business, but we have done this ourselves with our own boats. It is not simple and you have to keep good records but the reward is great. Below are various arguments by nay sayers against yacht as a business, using the IRS rules as a scare tactic. While we have to be carefull about record keeping, we know that if you are diligent and follow the rules, there is no reason not to do this.
Many of the manufacturers are unveiling their 40ft catamaran models this Fall and it seems to be the hottest ticket in cruising catamarans right now. The more popular sailing catamarans in the 40ft range are Lagoon 400S2, Bali 4.0, Leopard 40, Nautitech Open40 and Fountaine Pajot NEW 40. We created a chart of each catamaran with a standard spec, ex-factory to compare the specifications and price of each boat. These catamarans compare very similarly on base price but there are a few differences.
It is again time for the biggest event in the Chesapeake Bay, the Annapolis Boat Show! Close to 150,000 attendees from around the world attend this show annually with every major sailboat manufacturer in attendance. The show features premieres new boats and boasts the world's largest collection of multihulls and catamarans. The show features an exciting high performance racing section and you can grab a glimpse of the Americas' Cup!
There are acres of on-land exhibitors and a fun "vacation basin" with all the charter companies in attendance. The vacation basin is dedicated to chartering, travel, and vacations. Here you can also learn all you need to know about charter boat ownership in the Chesapeake Bay or exotic island locations. The cruisers university and "take the wheel" workshops are very popular activities at the show, presented by the Chesapeake Bay Magazine, Annapolis School of Seamanship, and Cruising World Magazine.
Dream Yacht Charter has released two of their Bali Catamarans for sale at really great prices to be placed into their Dream Easy Program in the Caribbean. These Bali catamarans are brand new and destined for the Dream Yacht fleet in Grenada in December. If you are in the market for a new Bali, jump on this deal for one of the hottest new catamarans on the market!
Imagine this: With 35% down payment, there is NO finance required, NO mortgage or interest payments for the duration of the program AND enjoy worldwide sailing up to 8 weeks per year! What is not to like about this deal? Check it out.
For our upcoming ocean passage we are planning to use the IridiumGo. Crossing from the Canary Islands to Miami will take us about 20 days. During that time, we have to be in contact with our clients. Not only will we be selling boats, we will also be closing on some deals. So, communication is vital to us. We have done a lot of research for the best option and the IridiumGO unit sounds like the perfect choice for us. It’s designed for data and voice with an “unlimited data” plan, so high per-minute data charges should not be an issue.
Looking to spend less on internet data while sailing the world? Unlimited data and bandwidths that will stream video that most North American landlubbers enjoy on their computers and mobile phones are not a reality for seagoing cruisers. We have a mobile business and are fairly reliant on the Internet. We have done some homework and research to try and find the best way to stay connected, save on usage and expense and therefor be free to roam the world. We would like to share some of our tips…and hope you will let us know if you have a tip for reducing the cost of internet data usage while cruising.
This testimonial is fairly special to us, not only because we consider the Allison family our friends, but also because they have done some tremendous work for us and our clients. We first met Craig when he refurbished our catamaran and he has since helped countless of our clients with both minor issues and major refurbishments on their catamarans. We never hesitated recommending them to friends and clients. They are the owners of Mazocean and as small business owners in the marine industry, Craig and his wife Hannah, take great pride in taking care of their clients. Their charter base in Fort Lauderdale is small but well run and we will keep our new catamaran with them to be chartered from January 2016.
They consulted us when they decided to realize their dream to buy a boat. We were delighted to help them figure out how to do it cost effectively and they bought a Jeanneau 37 monohull. It is only "half a boat" but even so, we were happy to help set them up on the road to being fellow cruisers and happy boat owners. They have since taken two extended trips with their family and sent us this wonderful testimonial and pictures of their latest vacation to the Bahamas as "crusing yachties".
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Catamaran Guru has teamed up with NauticEd, the most innovative and best sailing education governing body in the USA, to bring you the newest, fastest, and easiest way to learn to sail and qualify for chartering a boat on your own. This is a revolutionary way to get the skill sets needed to be the safest, most competent sailor possible. Once the NauticEd courses/clinics and Catamaran Guru practical training are completed and passed, your certificate and accomplishments will be recognized and respected worldwide.
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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
We are passionate catamaran sailors, racers and voyagers. View Our Profiles>>
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
We take pride in our happy clients and now, good
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>>