Buying a catamaran is a big decision, whether for live aboard, charter management or setting your boat up as a business. Buyers are often not educated about catamarans and the image of the "dream" boat sometimes overwhelms good reason. That's why we present you with this opportunity to get an in-depth look at the pros and cons of catamaran ownership.
We take the drama out of ownership and make you an educated consumer. During our 2-day, 2 night live-aboard seminar you will not only enjoy the lifestyle but learn one-on-one, everything you need to know about catamarans in general as well as the entire buying process.
This will help you make an informed decision, avoid costly mistakes, plan your exit strategy and get the most enjoyment from owning your yacht.
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Seminar Locations & Dates
We kick the 2016 season off from Port Annapolis Marina, just a few miles from historic downtown Annapolis. This is a great opportunity to see cruising yachts in the sailing capital of the U.S. and enjoy the best the Chesapeake has to offer!
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What Will You Learn?
Detailed Itinerary: Buyers Education Seminar
This is an active participation seminar. Attendees are expected to help with the operation of the boat, meal prep and generally be an active part of the crew. The boat is outfitted with modern electronic and communication technology, as well as different sail configurations and fully geared up for ocean crossings. See full specifications here>>
Friday afternoon / evening: Arrive Friday afternoon/evening for sleep aboard. Welcome briefing, orientation of the boat and accommodations. Cocktails onboard and dinner ashore.
09h30 – “Get to know you” introductions and discussion on what your “dream” boat or perfect boat would be.
10h45 - Discussion:
12h45 – Lunch
18h00 – Cocktail hour
20h00 – End of day one, stay at anchor for the night or marina if so desired
10h00 – Ownership options and offsetting the cost of ownership
12h00 - Lunch
Where Will You Stay?
You will live onboard with us for the two days on our personal 2016 Lagoon 450SporTop, in one of the two en-suite cabins. It is a 3 Cabin Layout, outfitted for bluewater sailing and long term cruising. Specs & Layout>> (We will post pictures of our own boat soon). See the Video here>>
What Is The Seminar Cost?
For an all inclusive price of $1,400/couple including accommodations, meals and Catamaran Guru swag bag, you get a full action packed weekend and be armed with the knowledge to buy the right catamaran that will suit you and your family. This includes:
*If you do decide to buy a boat with our help, we will refund a portion of the cost.
Bruce & Holly from Connecticut: "Thank you Estelle and Stephen for an outstanding weekend of education, delicious food and great company. Although we arrived skeptical but open minded about the program, the clear and realistic explanation about the pros and cons of performance charter yacht ownership persuades us of the feasibility of doing it. The quality of the construction and finish to your boat Zuri convinced us of the value in a Lagoon 450s even though you both went to great lengths to present an unbiased review of the currently new and used catamarans in the marketplace. The easy conversations with you both and our weekend shipmates, made the evenings fly by even as most (but not all) of us agreed that the future is "going to be great". Thank you again for the extensive resources you included with the weekend. Bruce & Holly
Jack & Reenie from Florida: We just want to write a quick note to thank you for a fantastic weekend at your Catamaran Ownership Seminar. Your warm, friendly atmosphere on board allowed us to relax with the other couple and thoroughly enjoy ourselves. The wine and meals were delicious and the preparation together was fun. Most importantly, we now have the support we need to move forward with our plans. Stephen was very honest and helpful regarding his suggestions for our boat options and we look forward to working with him soon. The material presented was comprehensive and the books we took home with usoffer a wealth of information. We left feeling we had made new friends and look forward to seeing them again. It's going to be great! Thanks, Jack and Reenie
Glenn & Kat from North Carolina: As a couple who have become interested in sailing later in life, we cannot recommend Stephen and Estelle Cockcroft’s Catamaran Ownership Seminar more highly. If you have not been around large catamaran sailboats all your life, the business of yacht purchase and ownership is a virtual black box made even more so by the few numbers of units bought and sold in a given year.
Stephen and Estelle graciously host workshop attendees on their beautiful Lagoon 450 and proceed to illuminate all aspects of the “business” while tailoring their lessons to the individual desires of the attendees. They cover the full gamut of topics including boat selection, ownership options, provisioning, financing and purchase while demonstrating the systems and capabilities on their own yacht and serving up non-stop gourmet meals and a healthy dose of the cruising lifestyle.
The materials they provide during the course are quantitative, comprehensive and followed up with any requested information like the recent asking and selling prices of desired catamaran models. Estelle and Stephen are the consummate professionals, great story tellers, fantastic hosts, accomplished sailors and sincere about helping others obtain the catamaran of their dreams. Try them you’ll like it.
Adam and Lee, Santa Monica CA: "We are looking to buy a bluewater catamaran and really needed to get a hands on sense of managing and living aboard a cruising cat. While researching charters, we came across Catamaranguru.com and spoke with Stephen and Estelle. It was quickly apparent that their depth of knowledge and experience owning, cruising, and living aboard would offer better education and exposure than any standard charter could. We took their weekend catamaran intensive and felt it was an extremely valuable (and fun) experience that helped refine our plan and also established a long term relationship with open, friendly, trusted advisors."