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.
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.
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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Catamaran Guru has EXCLUSIVE access to more than 100 pased-out charter boats from all over the world. These boats are maintained throughout the life of the charter management contract and are often extremely good value for money. With a little TLC and elbow grease, one of these "ex-charter" yachts will make the ideal cruising yacht for a fraction of the cost of a new yacht. All makes of catamarans and monohulls are available in various parts of the world, so check it out and find one of these yachts that will suit your needs. With Catamaran Guru in your corner as negotiator and a good marine surveyor, you can pick up a gem! This is a good article to help you determine if a pre-owned charter yacht is right for you: Charter Boats: Good or Bad Deal.
We have received this question from a reader recently: "I had to replace the raw water pumps on my engines. Both had failed at nearly the exact same time (1450 hrs) and after some research discovered that 1500 hrs usage is about the life of these pumps. I was wondering what the typical life of other things like the starter, alternator, injectors and fuel pump would be?"
We are not diesel engine specialists but we have maintained and repaired our own engines in our various boats over the years and have dealt with most issues. These parts certainly have a life span however, the life can be prolonged with proper maintenance and care. Diesel engines are built to finer tolerances and are usually reliable, durable and will accept much more abuse than gasoline engines. If well maintained, it will deliver 8000hrs to 10,000hrs before it needs a major overhaul. Problems with diesel engines are usually relatively simple and with a little regular preventative maintenance one can avoid the need for repairs at sea. Diesel engines require clean fuel, clean oil, fresh air and a good supply of cooling water.
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.
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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>>
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>>