Chartering

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Here's how!The idea of cruising the Caribbean with paying guests aboard is an idea that appeals to many as either a first or second career. But, like any business, there's homework to do in order to make crewed yacht chartering a successful venture. This includes the choice of yacht, manning the vessel as owner/operator or hiring crew, and taking proper care of the commerce end of setting up a charter operation."It is generally better, and easier financially, to choose a boat that can accommodate four to six passengers," says Ed Hamilton, of Ed Hamilton...

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Recessionary world economies, stock market slides and the disappearing of personal wealth hasn’t put a dent in Caribbean charter yacht vacations. In fact, according to Dick Schoonover, who manages the clearinghouse, CharterPort BVI, in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, last season exemplified how bad weather in North America and Europe can really turn the tide for chartering in the Caribbean.“For example, says Schoonover, “January isn’t normally our busiest month, advance-bookings wise, but people clearly wanted a break from the cold and ice. This fi...

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The ancient land with a turquoise sea offers a perfect getaway for the bareboat charterer with an appetite for bigger adventures.The voice came out of a confusing swarm of line handlers. The words were familiar, but the overall effect was as different to my ears as the muezzin’s frequent call to prayer. We were in Turkey, and two tasks so familiar—docking and dinner—made me, an experienced charterer, confused, tense, and anxious.“Lady! Lady! You dine with us tonight!” the smartly uniformed marina worker called to me. “Your table is set. We have the best...

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