There are thousands of boats around the globe available for charter. If you narrow your choices to bareboat or crewed charter, select the type of boat, size of boat and other extra features, choosing the destination and time of year, finding the right charter boat becomes easy. Large charter companies often have a fleet of charter boats from a few leading models and builders. They opt for the select models because their quality has been tested to withstand the test of time. The factors to consider when choosing a charter boat include:
· The power
Many people avoid extensive use of the boats and high engine hours. However, boats that just sit around and do nothing have as many problems. Therefore, when shopping for a charter boat, find out how often maintenance is performed. Some of the charter companies insist on the inspection of the prop, the system and the hull for every charter that returns, while other companies keep a maintenance log for every system on the boat. Nevertheless, it is important to get as much information as you can possibly get about the maintenance of the boat. Furthermore, find out about any serious damage to the structure and systems. A charter company should be able to disclose information where a particular boat has run up a reef and is now patched.
The phase-out is a very critical aspect in the life of any charter boat. This has to do with the systematic process of maintaining all the equipment and systems. It is obvious that a boat can never be made new. However, the necessary repairs and replacement can be performed on the boat during the phase-out in order to bring it back to a fair wear & tear condition. Any reputable company will be able to provide you with a copy of the phase-out maintenance. This will help you see all the areas that have been inspected and repaired.
· Contact the professionals
You can buy a charter boat from an individual or a charter company. If you contact an experienced yacht agent, he will be able to connect you to the right people. They will oversee the process of ensuring you get what you are looking for. He will provide references you can contact in order to find out their experience in the hands of the seller. However, regardless of whom you are buying from, it is advisable to hire the services of an independent surveyor who will be able to undertake a thorough inspection. He should be ready to check the engine, climb up the mast and be present for haul out.