Catamaran Guru Collaboration

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Catamaran GuruWe are very excited to announce that Sailonline has teamed up with Catamaran Guru as a contributor and partner. The team at Catamaran Guru is a very dynamic duo, are worldwide sailors, avid travelers and yacht industry professionals. Their website has a ton of information about the sailing and cruising lifestyle, fun travel stories as well as educational information. They have built their own boats, sailed all over the world, taught many people to sail, chartered their own boat and cruised places most of us only dream about. Their experiences place them in a unique position to consult with prospective yacht owners about the complexities of yacht ownership, yacht charter management, and potential tax benefits associated with this. Best of all, the people they meet through sailing and business become their fast friends because they really care and they are passionate about the sailing lifestyle. As they have told me more than once: "Sailing is the only real freedom left on this planet". Amen!

Sailonline will contribute to their special charter management section to educate even more people about the charter industry and the pros and cons of owning a charter boat. Check in with them at catamaranguru.com and follow our exciting collaboration in the months to come.

Active Yacht Ownership: FAQ and Common Misconceptions

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We have received many questions about Active Yacht Ownership in the last few months so we decided to present a FAQ section for AYO. I am sure that many of your doubts will be assuaged by these answers but if not, please feel free to give us a call or email us. Also read the article explaining Active Yacht Ownership in more detail.

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What To Pack For A Charter

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Have you ever seen charter newbies showing up at the dock with hard suitcases, only to find out there is nowhere to store them on the boat? Very often, simply because you did not know, or because you are a first timer, you really do not have the right stuff. Here is your guide of what to bring and not to bring on charter.

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Buying A Pre-Owned Charter Boat

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Why do we know this subject inside out?  

  • We have been owners of several charter boats, in several fleets. 
  • Michel, Sailonline's owner, founded and presided for 10 years the Moorings Owners' Group, the world largest charter yacht owners association. 
  • Michel and his partners (all with equal unmatched experience on charter yachts) have implemented  hundreds of transactions involving charter boat sales - new and pre-owned - all over the world.
  • We operate independently of charter companies and so we are free to write and say anything we need/want to - good and bad - in order to help charter boat buyers. So we are totally unbiased.

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Raising The Main Sail Another Way

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Source: catamaranguru.com

CAUTION: This is not politically correct seamanship!  biggrin

Most sailors mistakenly think that there is only one way to raise and lower sails. The standard procedure we have all learned is this: the helmsman uses the diesel engine to hold the bow into the wind while the mainsail is hoisted by another crew member. 

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