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stephen and estelle cockcroft are owners of catamaran guru

Being successful catamaran broker-consultants isn’t just business, it’s our lifestyle. We are Stephen & Estelle. 25+ years ago in a friend’s backyard in Cape Town, South Africa, we built our first boat then sailed the world. Discovering new places, meeting extraordinary people, and enjoying unique experiences was fun, not work! We've co-owned a catamaran manufacturer, consulted with catamaran manufacturers, managed charter companies, and taught sailing. These experiences and living aboard for 22+ years have taught us important lessons that we happily share with fellow sailors and yacht owners like you. 

Today, Catamaran Guru™ is the number one go-to company for catamaran buyers. As experienced yacht brokers and liveaboard catamaran owners ourselves, we help you realize your cruising dreams safely and comfortably while maintaining more of your investment. Whether you are a cruiser looking for a well priced, well-equipped catamaran or want to reduce cost of ownership by placing your catamaran in a charter fleet, we have the expertise to help you. Read More>>

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Buyer's Broker

Buyer's Broker

We are the nation's #1 independent catamaran broker with broad knowledge of catamarans. New or used, we represent YOU.

  • No cost to the buyer
  • Reduce risks
  • Be confident of the process
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Charter Yacht Management

Charter Yacht Management

We are the go-to experts for innovative charter yacht ownership programs. We helped create many of them!

  • Boat as a business
  • Tax-advantaged programs
  • Fractional / shared
  • Crewed & owner operator
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Seminars & Events

Take the drama out of the yacht selection and buying process. Be an educated, informed buyer. Learn liveaboard realities.

  • Boat shows and tours
  • In-person consultations
  • Boat ownership seminars
  • Liveaboard training.

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Charter Management: Worry-Free Yacht Ownership...or is it?

Charter companies lure prospective boat buyers into yacht charter management touting it as the most cost effective way to own the yacht of your dreams without worrying about the hassles and expenses of traditional yacht ownership. Well, we have tested this theory. We have personally owned several yachts in these charter programs, we have done the research, collected the data and have now made all this information available to you.

The purchase of a charter yacht is usually second only to buying a house in terms of cost. Yet prospective buyers spend on average far more time researching their home purchase than they do for a yacht. Catamaran Guru™'s experts offer consulting services to get to know you personally and learn which solutions are best suited for you and your family's desired lifestyle. With this information you can make an informed decision, avoid costly mistakes, plan your exit strategy and get the most enjoyment from owning your yacht.

Through our affiliation with Dream Yacht Charters and various other charter companies in the US, Caribbean, and Bahamas, we are able to offer a tailored selection from several different charter programs and a wide variety of yachts from the world's greatest shipyards. We offer you models from Lagoon, Fountaine Pajot, Bali, Nautitech, Catana, and many more. No cookie-cutter programs here!

We give you the tools to make the right choices! 

Your Charter Management Program. Your Choice of Catamaran. 


Not Sure How This will Work For You? Start Here 

Is Buying A Charter Yacht For You?

Preliminary "Soul Searching": You and your family and / or friends have done some chartering and love it! You've been dreaming for years about getting your own yacht in the Caribbean or Bahamas or some exotic location, you've checked your finances and you are ready to "take the plunge" but how should you go about this? There are six major issues to investigate before you make this decision. Let's analyze. Read More>>

Charter Management Programs Explained

Placing a yacht into charter management is a good way to reduce the cost of the boat and also offset the cost of ownership. There are different types of management programs offered by the charter industry. We will analyze and explain here the different options to ensure a good understanding for owners of what charter management really entails. The two most popular programs offered by most charter companies are the "Guaranteed Income Program" and the "Performance or Income Sharing Program" that, in all probability, are the two options that you will be presented with. We help you understand the nitty gritty of these programs and the all-important Exit Strategy! In this article we explain how the two most popular programs, Guaranteed Income Program and Performance or Income Sharing Charter Programs, is set up and what the pros and cons are of each program.

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Available Charter Programs Overview

In this article we explore the different programs and how we can tailor a program to your personal needs. Read More>>

Pros & Cons of Yacht Charter Management

The one question we get a lot is: "Should I buy a new boat and place it into charter management or buy a 5-year old boat that was phased out of charter management when I am ready to go cruising". That is a fair question and can be easily explained. Read More>>

How To Proceed With Buying A Charter Yacht

The buying process often seems like a daunting task to first time buyers with so many parties involved, documents to generate and decisions to make. We have compiled an easy to follow time line checklist to help you make this a smooth transaction. Once you have decided on the yacht and charter yacht management company, choose an experienced yacht broker to help you navigate the process and keep this checklist handy for your own peace of mind. Read More>>

Charter Yacht Management Contract Issues

Our experience as charter boat owners in charter fleets has shown some areas in the management of your yacht that are important to all of us, regardless of the charter company we choose. These 6 major issues in the contract are to be addressed before you make any decisions: Level of maintenance, builder / manufacturer warranty issues, insurance, hurricane plan, the sale of owner time and yacht phase-out procedure. Discuss your options and know the consequences of your decisions. Read More>>

End of Program: Yacht Phase-Out & Checklist

This article is mostly geared toward boat owners who have placed a new yacht in a large charter company, like Dream Yacht Charter, Moorings, Horizon, or Sunsail. So, you're almost reaching the end of your Management Contract with your Charter Company and you have decided to keep your boat, either for your personal use or to place her in the hands of a Yacht Broker to sell her. We have put together a list of procedures of how to manage the phase-out of your yacht. Know that the majority of owners who follow this procedure properly are handed a boat in very decent shape. So assuming you have negotiated adequate provisions in your Management Contract, if you follow our guidelines, you should be in good shape. Read More>>

Bareboat vs. Crewed Yacht Ownership

A bareboat is a unit that is chartered with no crew at all. The charterers are entirely in charge of the yacht, including provisioning, for the duration of the cruise. A crewed yacht operates only with a professional live-aboard crew, a skipper and a cook or chef, usually a couple, and, typically, has many more creature comfort than an equivalent bareboat. This section will help you define the main pros and cons of each option, both being in the configuration of a managed charter fleet, and within a range of 45 to 70 ft. boats. This section does not debate ownership of a privately managed crewed vessel. Read more>> 

Guaranteed Income Program 

The Guaranteed Program is the option offered by most of the large, well-established companies and is very popular for owners who want to have a "no hassle" ownership experience. Here we discuss what you can expect as an owner with a yacht in this program and if the the numbers actually work as advertised.

Guaranteed Income Program


Business Yacht Ownership Program

Catamaran Guru™™ has been at the forefront of developing and operating the "Yacht As A Business", or for us, "Catamaran As A Business" concept. We have not only advocated it to our yacht-buying clients, but have personally benefitted from this program. We found that most yacht owners use this program as an avenue to acquire the cruising catamaran of their dreams for retirement at a huge discount. Others, like ourselves, use the yacht charter revenue together with the business tax deductions to reduce the costs of owning a very nice yacht that we enjoy now. 

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Crewed Yacht Programs

The current trend in catamaran ownership is to go bigger! We have in recent years consulted with several clients to buy flagship catamarans like Lagoon 77, Fountaine Pajot Alegria 67, Bali 5.4 etc. into crewed charter all over the world. But these catamarans are expensive to buy and maintain. All of our large catamaran buyers look for a way to offset the cost of ownership. Learn here how to set up a Crewed Catamaran Business with you as owner operators or employ a professional crew to run the boat.

Crewed Yacht Programs

Boat Partnerships

There are risks to partnerships, even a partnership with family or your best friends. A good contract is the secret to enjoying the boat and a long and happy friendship and partnership!



Fractional Ownership Programs

Shared Catamaran Ownership is Appealing But...People have been forming partnerships to co-own expensive assets for a long time, but until now they have had to figure out the logistics themselves. The benefits of shared ownership are very appealing, but it’s been too cumbersome for most to set up. Finding the right partners, setting up partnerships, and managing the logistics of owning a shared asset can be time consuming and difficult. We have created a program that makes the entire process easier and makes shared ownership available to everyone.

Fractional Programs


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