An Investment in Your Peace of Mind To our way of thinking, vacationing — especially under sail — is a necessary component of a healthy lifestyle. Why? Because taking occasional breaks from your normal routine allows you to slow down, recharge your batteries, and have some fun, often while reconnecting with loved ones or longtime friends. So when we hear people say they "can't afford" to go on a vacation, we think, "Funny, we can't afford not to," even when our wallet is feeling thin. If we didn't get away from the stress of modern urban living once in a while, we might eventually just implode. Of course, not every sailor can spare the cash to take sailing vacations once or twice a year, but that doesn't mean they should abandon the idea altogether. If you think of a charter vacay as an 'investment' in your physical health and peace of mind, it will be easier to rationalize tucking away a few bucks into a special fun-in-the-sun fund each month. Before you know it, you'll have enough dough to lock in a deposit on a charter yacht in some dreamy location,
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Smokin' across Banderas Bay on a typical afternoon: sunny skies, ﬂat water and moderate breeze — in the middle of winter.
and from that point onward just thinking about your upcoming trip will likely put a little spring in your step. The concept of 'investing in your peace of mind' is also a key consideration for folks who put boats into bareboat charter programs. Any honest broker will admit that doing so may not yield the same financial payoff as a more traditional Wall Street investment. But putting a boat in charter management is an investment in a healthy lifestyle. Knowing that in some exotic destination there is a sweet, well-maintained sailboat waiting for you to show up and put her through her paces might just be the impetus you need to get away from the rat race more often. We were reminded of all this last month as we checked out the stunning Jeanneau 54 Edwina at the Paradise Village Resort in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, which is located along the shore of Banderas Bay. She's the first of what may become a fleet of 20 charter boats based there — both power and sail — managed by San Francisco Baybased Club Nautique. A long-established J-World operation is located there also, and we understand that the two companies have vowed to work together cooperatively. As we often explain elsewhere in the magazine, Banderas Bay offers some of the best sailing conditions in Mexico, featuring flat water and reliable afternoon breeze. This month, in fact, three major sailing events will be staged here: MEXORC, the Banderas Bay Regatta and WesMex. Additionally, the San Diego to PV Race will end here. So it's a particularly good place to base a sailing school or charter base. For short cruises, the bay offers a variety of overnight anchorages, and the possibility of customized surf-and-turf packages would seem to be a natural also — that is, splitting your vacation time between the resort and the boat. We should mention also that big international charter outfits with multiple bases such as The Moor-
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his month we discuss the upside of Putting a Boat in a Charter Management Program, and give a Status Report on Post-Irma Recovery in the Caribbean.
ings, Sunsail and Dream Yacht Charters offer attractive personal-use benefits to boat owners who enter into management contracts with them, including multiple weeks of sailing at any of their international bases, plus financial incentives. Annual assessments of the North American sailing industry indicate that many sectors are shrinking — fewer new boats being sold, etc. — but membership in sailing clubs and participation in chartering are on the upswing. We have to assume that part of the explanation for this trend is that work and family obligations these days leave many sailors with little time to look after a boat of their own. They just want to go sailing! So we expect both local and international bareboat charter operations to have a healthy bottom line for the foreseeable future. — andy Post-Irma Recovery Continues in St. Maarten & the Virgins According to a variety of sources, including friends who've recently sailed in Northern Caribbean waters, many
The March 2018 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.