How To: 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. This is a guide to explore all the avenues.
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.
New Fast Cruising Catamarans
McConaghy and Catamara Guru are developing a fast blue water passagemaking mega catamaran with specific attention paid to hull design, aerodynamics, high-tech composites and innovation. Build and Design by award winning McConaghy Yachts.
See the Bali4.5 and FP SABA 50 at 2015 Strictly Sail Miami Boat Show
BALI 4.5 by Catana
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 mounted steering is new for Catana.
- No daggerboards. This makes it much easier to sail for a bigger market of cruisers.
- Solid foredeck provides the biggest and most comfortable cockpit area of any of it's competition.
Take a 360 Tour of the Bali 4.5 (click on the green dots on the inset photo to tour different areas).
Fountaine Pajot SABA 50 Sailing Catamaran Review
The SABA 50 is the biggest sailing catamaran of the Fountaine Pajot core sailing range before the flagship range, the Sanya 57 and the Victoria 67. Designed by the naval architect Olivier Racoupeau, the Saba 50 has the same excellent optimization of space and weight as the highly successful sistership, Helia 44. The designers also paid the same special attention to comfort, elegance and performance and the result is quite simply a beautiful sailing catamaran that sails remarkably well and is priced at +/- 593,000 Euro base price, well below the main competitors.
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During the 2015 Miami Boat Show we had the pleasure of spending time on the Bali 4.5 with Catana's Sales Director, Cyrille Tricot. He pointed out some of the ingenious and innovative new ideas on the Bali and the reasoning behind all the new design ideas. After the show we delivered the Bali back to Fort Lauderdale to be outfitted for her charter obligations in the Bahamas. Sailing the Bali was a fun experience and we got to test out this latest design by Catana. Here is what we learned:
The Catana Group, lead by Olivier Poncin, decided to cast a wider net and attract the cruising sailor as well as their usual high performance clientele. However, because of the high level of customization and very high-tech building materials and building processes that Catana use in their performance catamaran range, it is usually fairly expensive and out of the reach of the average sailor. So, to mark their 30th anniversary, they designed a catamaran that would not only appeal to the cruising market but would come in at a reasonable price point. The Bali 4.5 catamaran was conceived, Olivier Poncin's vision of a Catana-built cruising catamaran.
Batteries keep all the systems running on board your boat and yet, boat owners seem to know very little about batteries, their functions and maintenance. They are the life blood of a boat and do one of two basic tasks, starting an engine and running electrical loads like lights and electronics for longer periods of time. They are pricey and if not maintained well, may have to be replaced. So it's worth your time and effort to keep your marine batteries in tip top shape. Like everything else, batteries require periodic servicing, so a proper maintenance program will help ensure extended life for your batteries.
Before choosing a battery, first determine the battery's application. There are four battery chemistries: Flooded, Gel, AGM or Lithium. Each type of battery has a specific purpose, i.e. starter, deep-cycle or dual purpose and they have limitations. For example, a starting battery is designed to provide a high, one-time discharge required to power up a starter motor. However, it is not as good as deep-cycle batteries for the long, steady discharge needed for the house systems. Deep-cycle batteries can be discharged from 50 to 80 percent and recover easily, while starting batteries should not be discharged more than 50%. Below are a few tips to keep your batteries in good shape and links to great articles about selecting a battery, battery maintenance and charging.
We are very excited to announce that the Bali 4.5 catamaran was voted BEST NEW PRODUCT at Strictly Sail Miami 2015. This innovative new catamaran design by Catana Catamarans has impressed the sailing community as well as the industry. Look out for our full review and sailing video after the test sail this week. we will point out all the features and unique construction and building methods that Catana used in the new BALI design. See the Video here.
Congratulations Catana! Stephen and Scott with Cyril, the sales manager of Catana.
While choosing the right catamaran is a very personal thing, you can avoid a costly blunder or bad experience if you pay attention to certain catamaran buying trends. For example, with the Euro being so low right now, buying a new French-built catamaran really makes sense. People have caught on to the fact that the French manufacturered catamarans like Catana, Lagoon and Fountaine Pajot are very affordable with the favourable exchange rate. You can literally save tens of thousands of dollars on a brand new catamaran. This is very unusual and not exactly a steady and reliable buying trend but certainly a welcome anomaly for buyers. As prodcution sells out, the French manufacturers will definitely hike up the prices, so it certainly is a great reason to buy a catamaran now.
That brings me to the five easy and simple ways to save money on a catamaran purchase. When and where you buy a catamaran can make a big difference in the price you will ultimately pay. Saving on luxury catamarans for sale is very dependent on the time of year and the region you find the boat in. These catamaran buying tips are obviously general but can save you thousands of dollars! Read More>>>
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DrSails Adhesive is a two-component epoxy adhesive ideal for fast, flexible and underwater curing and is especially designed to repair sails. DrSails, being a flexible glue that will work with wet substrates and sail material is a simple solution for sail repair. It has a fast cure time (8 min) and can be applied on wet surfaces. Once cured, DrSails is pliable and flexible. The glue can be used on sailcloth, fiberglass, carbon, Kevlar, metal, wood and neoprene. Its easy to apply with the supplied mixing nozzle. We have repaired sails while underway with a sewing machine and it was not easy. This glue changes everything! Video
MagicEzy Chip Fix: This innovative product was developed by MagicEzy CEO Warwick David Lindsay, It is designed to easily fix scratches in gelcoat with little skill or effort. This makes repairs as simple as filling the damage, smooth the area, and letting it dry. The result is an effective, water-resistant, permanent surface repair that can be sanded and drilled. “Repairing cosmetic damage to fiberglass boat surfaces has traditionally been a difficult, messy and time consuming job — and the results were often poor,” said Lindsay. “My 30 years refining automotive touch-up systems told me that there had to be a better way.” MagicEzy was born. More favorite Stuff>>
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.
View all the NauticEd Sailing Courses now, two free online courses are waiting for you. At Catamaran Guru, we believe the NauticEd Catamaran Sailing Confidence Course online or via iPad is a must take.
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>>
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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>>
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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>>