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).
Tan 66 Catamaran: The Answer To The Gunboat?
The Tan 66 Catamaran born in the desert of Dubai, is designed by VPLP and will be built in France, at Marsaudon Composites. The yard is famous for its unique know-how and excellent workmanship in carbon composite material. The Tan 66 is an innovative catamaran built entirely of carbon fiber making it a very light performance catamaran. The deck plan was uniquely designed for short-handed sailing, quite a feat for a 66ft catamaran. Each of these cats is highly customizable but their interiors already have very a "designer" look and feel. It's a stylish and lightning fast catamaran and it may the answer to the Gunboat. Specifications and Brochure>>
Stay Tuned For The Bali 4.0 And Bali 4.3 SPECIFICATIONS AND PRICE
COMING SOON: See how the Bali comparares to some of the most popular 40ft catamarans!
Featured Articles By Catamaran Guru Experts
Maine Cat Catamarans, a family run business on the coast of Maine, has been building high performance composite sailing and power catamarans since 1993. This is a most impressive feat considering that most American boat builders have failed in this very competitive industry. With owner Dick Vermeulen at the helm and some dedicated and talented craftsman who have been with the company for over 15 years, Maine Cat has cemented its place in the performance catamaran category. Their pride and dedication to excellence is evident in every phase of the production process. Dick says: “We build strong, well-engineered boats and in the past 20 years we have spent less than $19k on warranty claims”; yet another feat in catamaran manufacturing!
Their unique “open design” catamaran was thought to be revolutionary nearly two decades ago. It is now widely emulated by some of the biggest names in catamarans, like Catana and Nautitech. This signature characteristic makes these catamarans appear a lot bigger than it actually is. The layout on the bridgedeck is open with 360-degree visibility from a centralized helm and a hardtop bimini overhead. It is surrounded with roll-down soft sides (acrylic windows) that can instantly transform the bridgedeck from an open patio to an enclosed room, or what Vermuelen calls the “great room.” In 2005 their new Maine Cat 41 was awarded "Boat of the Year" by a panel of judges from Cruising World Magazine, a very proud moment for the company.
We have launched our "Proudly American" section this week to celebrate America's Indepence Day. We have lived and worked in the USA for the last 15 years and have been part of the marine industry in one way or another since. We have been able to make a living here as imigrants and have been embraced by many Americans in their homes and communities. America has been good to us. We would like to give back in some small way.
So, even though we are not isolationists and we believe that every country has something good to offer, we have decided to use our Catamaran Guru website to catalog as many great American products related to sailing and travel as we possibly can. We are not paid to promote these products. It's our gift to a generous people. Help us support our manufacturers and make the American industry stronger – We do! And we hope you will share the information you see here with your friends in social media or recommend a product for us to feature!
Q:What is the first thing a prospective buyer should look for when buying a catamaran out of a charter fleet?
A: First look for a boat just phased out of a fleet by either a large charter company (Dream Yacht and Moorings do excellent phase outs) OR by a smaller reputable charter company (I like CYOA, BVI Yacht Charters). Next, make sure the boat has no accident history. ESPECIALLY if the accident has triggered an insurance claim, not that such boats would necessarily be poorly repaired. But more simply, there are enough boats on the market, so buyers should eliminate the doubtful ones. Look preferably for boats that are sold by their owners, not by the charter companies. The latter are usually boats that have been taken in trade against a new boat; therefore, they have not necessarily been through the phase-out process described above. The Charter Company might have taken the boat in trade and simply put her up for sale.
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.
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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
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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>>