Catamaran Guru™ boats for sale

We thought it would be fun to check in with our sailing school "graduates" and yacht buyers periodically to see where they are and how their sailing careers are progressing. Here is where we can catch up, swap stories, give and receive advice and tips, and reminisce with a frou-frou drink in hand.

Please join us for loads of fun!

Black Tortuga: doTERRA Wellness Sailing Experience

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One of our boat owners, Dr. Darin Upchurch and Heather Klepfer, owners of the Black Tortuga, have incorporated their passion for sailing with one of their many businesses in health and wellness. They are able to work anywhere in the world doing what they love: helping people transform their life to live the happiest and healthiest version of themselves!

The Black Tortuga provides the platform for a luxury sailing and wellness retreat experience on board a Fountaine Pajot Saona 47. Read more about their unique business below.

Kristiann & Graham's Catamaran Charter Business

the grahams are the crew and owners of sail allende that is a crewed yacht charter business in the virgin isladsSeveral of our yacht buyers bought catamarans to use in a crewed charter business. Establishing and running your own crewed yacht charter business is one of the most cost-effective ways to own a big luxury catamaran. Since the boat is operated as a business, you, as the owner, can use available tax advantages as well as charter income to significantly offset the cost of yacht ownership. This makes it a very attractive proposition for couples who love sailing and adventure and are ready for a lifestyle change. 

Kristiann and Graham, a couple from Texas, came to us with their dream of buying a catamaran. Their ultimate goal was to buy a catamaran and place it in a crewed charter program with them as owner operators. They had already done their research, but engaged us to help facilitate the purchase of their catamaran from Fountaine Pajot in France. They also wanted help navigating the catamaran buying process. To ensure their path to success, we also guided them through the process of setting up their crewed charter business in the Caribbean.

Read more about the Grahams' charter yacht ownership dream and their transformation to full-time liveaboard sailors.



Cruising World Interview With Our Catamaran Owners

Catamaran Guru™ sailing catamaran buyers run a yacht charter in the bahamasCheryl 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:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Catamaran Guru™ Sailing School Students Made Good

Sailing SchoolsDave, a 20+ year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and his wife, Peggy, did their ASA live-aboard sailing school course with us in the Bahamas in 2009. They fell in love with the lifestyle and made the decision to sell their house, buy a catamaran, and do a sabbatical on their 42ft Fountaine Pajot catamaran upon retirement.

After a wonderful adventure on the eastern seaboard around Chesapeake Bay and then through the Bahamas on board Simplicity, they sold her and moved to the Pacific Northwest coast, closer to family. Though family duty called, the call of sailing soon pulled them back as Dave took a job as a yacht broker. A short time later, Dave and Peggy acquired Bellhaven Yacht Sales and Charters and have become local celebrities and their yacht brokerage business is thriving!

Kanina Sailing School Business

catamaran guru helped the owners of the kanina sailing school business find and purchase their catamaran and put it into business

Kanina, a Prout 45, was in yacht charter management service for 4 years prior to retiring to Texas where her owners eagerly awaited her arrival.Catamaran sailing school

Deon & Janine came to us with a plan to buy a catamaran, place it in a charter business to offset the Catamaran sailing schoolcost of ownership and at least partially pay for the boat while they get ready to retire in 5 years’ time. We helped them with a business plan, charter contracts, and information about avoiding potential pitfalls of using the Section 179 tax advantages as we guided them through setting up Kanina in our "Yacht as a Business" program in the Bahamas. 

They operated their boat in a charter fleet, attended boat shows, and generally got to know their boat and the business for five years while they got their retirement plans in order.

Deon emailed, "Stephen, I finished my taxes today and I pulled the KANINA Income & Expense into a summary spreadsheet. General observations are that you were pretty close with most of the expenses on a % basis...Pretty much as per the planned 4-year business plan. Good time to move the business to TX!" Happy sailing!"

After the program ended, Kanina came to retire with her owners in Texas and transitioned from a business yacht to their personal yacht. Kanina was phased out, refurbished (she did have some wear and tear of course) and was appointed with all the equipment and gadgets for their personal pleasure. They have invested cash and elbow grease into getting Kanina ship shape. Now they are ready for a life of adventure! 

For more information on how to set up a sailing school business, contact us and see the website.



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