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Beware of Used Charter Boats
By badriance - Published January 05, 2009 - Viewed 1545 times
Anyone looking to buy a used boat, especially a larger sailboat or trawler, will quickly discover that former
Is that because former owners have made a lot of money chartering and can afford to sell the boats for much less? Don’t be naïve. Charter boats lead hard lives. According to Jim Schofield, who manages the BoatU.S. Cooperating Marina Program, for every year a vessel spends in charter in the
For example, if a trawler spends 37 weeks a year in charter with the engine running about 15.5 hrs./week, it will quickly get you up to 500 hours. If the boat is in charter for five years, that’s 2500 hours -- a lot on a five year-old engine. But it’s not just the number of hours -- they are also hard hours. On some boats, diesel propulsion engines may be run at slow speeds to power an air conditioner. Running a diesel at idle speeds (low-load operation) builds up carbon that fouls valves, injectors and piston rings. It also glazes cylinders and forms harmful condensation inside the crankcase.
Salinity is high and the sun is more intense as you get closer to the equator. Metals and gel coats take a beating. Finally, Jim McCrory, a marine surveyor in
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