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Charter Boat Owners Win IRS Challenge

People interested in becoming charter boat owners often come to us with a concern regarding meeting the requirements to quality for tax advantages for running their boat as a charter business. The number one objection from their CPAs is that the business yacht management program is a passive activity and will not be deemed active participation which is the key requirement for qualifying for small business and Section 179 tax deductions. Professional accountants often contend that a boat owner may find it difficult to prove active participation in a boat business. However, in 2015, a couple who owned a boat charter business under a yacht management program won their case in Tax Court. They proved active participation validating the yacht charter ownership model that Catamaran Guru™ uses when advising boat buyers. Contact Us to get an overview of the case and find out what it is that helped win the case for this couple.

Annapolis Sailboat Show 2015

"The Largest In-Water Boat Show in the Nation"

zuri annapolis boat show 2012It is again time for the biggest event in the Chesapeake Bay, the Annapolis Boat Show! Close to 150,000 attendees from around the world attend this show annually with every major sailboat manufacturer in attendance. The show features premieres new boats and boasts the world's largest collection of multihulls and catamarans. The show features an exciting high performance racing section and you can grab a glimpse of the Americas' Cup!

There are acres of on-land exhibitors and a fun "vacation basin" with all the charter companies in attendance. The vacation basin is dedicated to chartering, travel, and vacations. Here you can also learn all you need to know about charter boat ownership in the Chesapeake Bay or exotic island locations. The cruisers university and "take the wheel" workshops are very popular activities at the show, presented by the Chesapeake Bay Magazine, Annapolis School of Seamanship, and Cruising World Magazine. 

Join Us! Below are details about WHERE TO FIND US the BALI CATAMARAN DISPLAY, seminar shedules, and ticket details.

Two New Bali Catamarans For Sale: Unbeatable Deals!

Bali43 catamaranDream Yacht Charter has released two of their Bali Catamarans for sale at really great prices to be placed into their Dream Easy Program in the Caribbean. These Bali catamarans are brand new and destined for the Dream Yacht fleet in Grenada in December. If you are in the market for a new Bali, jump on this deal for one of the hottest new catamarans on the market!

Imagine this: With 35% down payment, there is NO finance required, NO mortgage or interest payments for the duration of the program AND enjoy worldwide sailing up to 8 weeks per year! What is not to like about this deal?

Check it out.

Catamaran Guru™ Testimonial

The boysThis testimonial is fairly special to us, not only because we consider the Allison family our friends, but also because they have done some tremendous work for us and our clients. We first met Craig when he refurbished our catamaran. He has since helped countless of our clients with both minor issues and major refurbishments on their catamarans. We never hesitated recommending his company, Maz Ocean, to sailing friends and clients. As small business owners in the marine industry, Craig and his wife, Hannah, take great pride in taking care of their clients.  Their charter base in Fort Lauderdale is small, but well run.

Craign and Hannah consulted us when they decided to realize their dream to buy a boat. We were delighted to help them figure out how to cost effectively own a yacht. They bought a Jeanneau 37 monohull. Though we teased that It is only "half a boat", we were happy to help set them up on the road to being fellow cruisers and happy boat owners. They have since taken two extended trips with their family and sent us this wonderful testimonial and pictures of their latest vacation to the Bahamas as "crusing yachties".

Exceptional Sailing School Instructors: Andy & Lisa Batchelor

SeaschoolWe have known Andy and Lisa Batchelor for a while and have the highest regard for their skills as experienced sailors and sailing instructors. Andy Batchelor, a retired wing commander from the Royal Air Force has received the “Outstanding Instructors” award five times. He is a USCG captain and ASA Instructor Evaluator. His lovely wife, Lisa Batchelor Frailey has had a successful career in the US Navy as a navigator, meteorologist and oceanographer. She too, is a USCG captain and has received the “Outstanding Instructors” award four times.

Founders of an award-winning ASA sailing school, they are a formidable team and together they have launched their new company, Kinetic Sailing. We highly recommend them as sailing school instructors. These two are also the authors of the brand new textbook “Bareboat Cruising Made Easy” – ASA course 104 - for the American Sailing Association (ASA).

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