TRENDS What about renting the boat on a long-term basis?

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The boat rented for long or very long term, just as more and more people are doing with cars. Heresy? Not so much, if you think about it for a moment. While it is undeniable that there is often a strong relationship between the owner and his or her boat, a love that is sometimes “irrational” and therefore priceless, it is also true that, like all material goods, a boat sooner or later grows old, needs constant (and expensive) maintenance, and declines in value.

Taking into account no small incidental expense (berth and moorings), long-term rental would bring a big advantage: that of being able to “enjoy just the beauty of the boat, i.e., sailing, vacationing, racing, without all the technical, economic, and bureaucratic burdens,” as noted by journalist David Ingiosi on the blog of Magellanostore, which prompted us to investigate a little more about what is already more than a trend. There are already a number of charter companies, Italian and otherwise, already offering long-term rentals (some can be found at the bottom of the article: thanks again to good Ingiosi).

An ideal formula for those who feel like dropping everything and setting off on long sailings, but don’t have time to prepare the boat in detail.Not surprisingly, it is already going strong in the Caribbean, where families of professionals who have decided to take a sailing sabbatical meet. Prices? For six months, we found proposals from 10 to 20,000 euros (for a 40-footer), depending on the boat models. As the rental term increases, costs decrease so on an annual basis the savings are greater.

Renting long-term, then, you can have the option of redemption: if you decide at the end of the charter to buy the boat you have sailed on for so long, you can buy it by paying the difference between the sale price, agreed at the beginning of the charter, and what you have already paid for the lease. What do you think?

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Here are some of the charter companies that offer the long-term rental formula (month and up):

www.progettoceano.com
www.zenasail.it
www.hi-performanceitalia.com
www.skippertech.it
http://noleggiobarchechioggia.it
www.longtermcharters.com
www.moonlightsailing.com
www.catamaran-polynesie.com
www.moorings.com
https://www.a2a-yachting.net/

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