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Old 10-07-2013, 02:09 AM   #1
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Charter anyone?

I was a sailboat (40ft) owner for over 10 years and cruised all over the Gulf and San Juan Islands. I sold it to take care of family, work etc etc. Now, 15 years later I am retiring and my wife and I are considering returning to the boating life we loved so much. We both believe a trawler is a wise choice for us but we have never spent any time on one. Would anyone consider chartering their 34-44 foot boat for a weekend or perhaps a week so that we could be certain instead of hoping we are making the right decision before we spend many thousands of dollars ? We would not venture very far from your home base, just tie up at a few local marinas and marine park bouys. We would respect your boat and would return it in as good or better condition than when we took it.
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Old 10-07-2013, 07:13 AM   #2
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I was a sailboat (40ft) owner for over 10 years and cruised all over the Gulf and San Juan Islands. I sold it to take care of family, work etc etc. Now, 15 years later I am retiring and my wife and I are considering returning to the boating life we loved so much. We both believe a trawler is a wise choice for us but we have never spent any time on one. Would anyone consider chartering their 34-44 foot boat for a weekend or perhaps a week so that we could be certain instead of hoping we are making the right decision before we spend many thousands of dollars ? We would not venture very far from your home base, just tie up at a few local marinas and marine park bouys. We would respect your boat and would return it in as good or better condition than when we took it.
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Stan, unfortunately, insurance on a private pleasure vessel would not cover a charter, as that is deemed a commercial risk. Folks have done it, and gotten away wit it, to be sure- but, if there is a loss, coverage would be null and void, and both parties may have to lawyer up and get litigious....

There are a few charter operations in Anacortes that meet your requirements:
  • Anacortes Yacht Charters
  • Ship Harbor Charters
  • ABC Yacht charters
  • Crown Yacht Charters

Alternatively, perhaps a friend with a trawler style vessel could take you and your wife out for a few days.

Hope this helps!
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Old 10-07-2013, 08:17 AM   #3
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I was a sailboat (40ft) owner for over 10 years and cruised all over the Gulf and San Juan Islands. I sold it to take care of family, work etc etc. Now, 15 years later I am retiring and my wife and I are considering returning to the boating life we loved so much. We both believe a trawler is a wise choice for us but we have never spent any time on one. Would anyone consider chartering their 34-44 foot boat for a weekend or perhaps a week so that we could be certain instead of hoping we are making the right decision before we spend many thousands of dollars ? We would not venture very far from your home base, just tie up at a few local marinas and marine park bouys. We would respect your boat and would return it in as good or better condition than when we took it.
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Stan,
Not sure in what part of Canada you are, but assume eastern. Anyway NC stays pretty warm most of the year (hot by Canadian standards), there is a good in-water boat show in Oriental NC in April and also in other places later in the year. A good number of trawlers in our area that have sat in either fresh or brackish water.
Good luck.
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Old 10-07-2013, 08:44 AM   #4
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Stan is in Langley, that's BC I believe, there should be plenty of charter companies out that way who could set you up with a boat for a few days.
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Old 10-07-2013, 11:34 AM   #5
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Great Harbour Trawlers has a couple they charter. Just go to their website to get the info.
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Old 10-07-2013, 11:35 AM   #6
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We keep our Nordic Tug 37 in charter with San Juan Yachting in Bellingham. They are a first-class outfit as is NW Explorations which is also based in Bellingham.
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