Do I get half the fo'c'sle and most of the poop deck?
January 17, 2008 12:41 PM Subscribe
Is fractional boat ownership
all it's cracked up to be? If you have first- or second-hand experience with it, would you recommend it?
posted by HE Amb. T. S. L. DuVal to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (6 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Specifically, I'm wondering if it is truly cost-effective vs. outright ownership and chartering. Assume one sails once or twice a month on average. The OCSC outfit
in Berkeley touts their program for buying a yacht that they maintain and charter for the owner. SailTime
does essentially the same thing all over the country and beyond. These programs are similar to timeshares, except that they suggest that the owner actually makes money off of the arrangement. SailTime goes so far as to guarantee it
. (Ok, they only guarantee that you'll cover your costs, but still.) Which leaves me wondering; if it's so profitable, why don't they just do it for themselves? Is it possibly a good investment or only a way to sail cheaply?