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N most of the great sail­ing des­ti­na­tions in the world it is pos­si­ble for an ex­pe­ri­enced sailor to hire a ves­sel ‘bare­boat’ and go off and ex­plore some­one else’s ‘patch’. With the beauty, benev­o­lence and bounty of the Hau­raki Gulf and the North­land coast o

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From a boat owner’s per­spec­tive, it’s a use­ful propo­si­tion to gen­er­ate an in­come stream by char­ter­ing out a ves­sel; al­low­ing some care­ful­ly­con­trolled char­ter work can sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the cost of own­er­ship! But there are other mo­tives, too. Be­cause Char­ter­link has a free boat mon­i­tor­ing and man­age­ment ser­vice, it’s an ideal so­lu­tion if you live out of town, but want your ves­sel to be fully-main­tained, sub­sidised, and avail­able to you in the Gulf. The idea of hav­ing the ves­sel main­tained to sur­vey stan­dards and mak­ing suf­fi­cient in­come to cover her on­go­ing costs can make own­er­ship far more at­trac­tive than it might be oth­er­wise.

It’s not just like book-a-bach. There’s a strin­gent set of rules and op­er­a­tional pro­ce­dures which make it a safe propo­si­tion for all con­cerned – from vet­ting prospec­tive char­ters to pro­vid­ing thor­ough brief­ings, man­ag­ing the com­pli­ance of the ves­sels with Mar­itime New Zealand’s MOSS sys­tem, down to de­tails like pro­vid­ing linen and ves­sel groom­ing. That’s gen­er­ally way more than an owner can han­dle in his/her spare time; Char­ter­link does all that, pro­vid­ing a full ser­vice to own­ers and char­ter­ers alike.

As we ap­proach the new sea­son, de­mand is out­strip­ping sup­ply for the larger ves­sels, and there are op­por­tu­ni­ties for ‘pro­duc­tion’ yachts or power ves­sels less than 10 years old to join the fleet.

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