Owner, Private Use. The
most ideal situation for those individuals and/or corporations with
the financial resources to afford it. Hopefully this owner will
be able to allocate the time to fully utilize one of these expedition
yachts to its fullest capabilities.
Sole Owner, Charter.
On some occasions a private owner may wish to place his vessel into
charter for any number of reasons; i.e., seek a profit, supplement
its upkeep, maintain its readiness, personal or business associate's
entertainment, etc. Likewise there would be quite a few charter
operators who would be pleased to have such a vessel on their roster.
RunningTideYachts, Ltd would be glad to brokerage a deal between
a private owner and a charter broker.
Sole Owner, Foundation Placement.
There exist an alternative to the private use or charter scenarios
mentioned above. It would require an owner/investor(s) who could
take advantage of certain tax deductions presented under such a
plan. One scenario would have the owner donate his/her/their vessel
to a nonprofit, scholastic foundation whose purpose would be to
make the vessel available to a consortium of colleges involved
in ocean research projects. I'm sure the patriarchal donor
would always be welcomed back aboard in between scholastic projects.
For longer excursions I'm sure the foundation could arrange very
favorable charter rates.
Having always had a keen interest
in oceanography myself, I can't think of a better scenario for one
of our gamefishing cats to alternatively be involved in fisheries
research. I would personally make all efforts to see this project
Shared Ownership. You
don't have to be a multi-millionaire to own and enjoy one of these
larger vessels. While there are many partnership scenarios, we just
want to touch on one general idea here. A really nice size group
of partners would be 4 to 6 persons total. One's individual share
might then be as little as 200K in acquisition and another ~50K
yearly operating expenses. And with this operating expense comes
a professional captain, one crew, and maintenance. That means you
can be a partner in this adventure without having need of prior
knowledge, experience, etc. of operating and/or maintaining such
For this relatively small amount,
you can be a proud owner of a very fine yacht of distinction,
capable of greatly extending your exploration of the world.
In the next couple of years you could be visiting Bora Bora, Hong
Kong, the King's Cup in Thailand, fishing the Great Barrier Reef
in Australia, attending the America's Cup races in New Zealand,
then back to France for the start of the next RACE around the world.
Now, there's an adventure!
substantial portion of those partnership fees could be recoverable
were the vessel chartered out during periods that the partners were
not using the vessel. The captain is already aboard and paid for,
so lets keep him busy. The charter fees we seek are on the premium
scale as described briefly in the 3 examples that follow. This vessel
could return a profit! And this boat with its 4 double staterooms
is charterable in any of these great locations.
We might suggest that this group of
partners be made up of several groups of 2 good friends. Why? The
catamaran configuration, with its large and separate staterooms
in two hulls, can readily accommodate two couples and/or families
on any singular adventure. This fosters deeper friendships between
the partners and frees up even more time for the vessel to be chartered
CEO Retreat. The basis
of the idea is that numerous surveys have shown that many CEO types
are either involved with yachting, or would like to be so involved.
Whether or not they have their own vessel, most would be thrilled
with an invitation to spend a brief, adventure filled, 6
day jaunt onboard a private yacht in some special locale. Many
would pay to charter such a vessel for that special meeting and/or
enhance the camaraderie among a select group of clients.
The vessel proposed for this service
is an expedition style 65' catamaran originally designed for gamefishing
the world. Its a highly efficient sailing and motoring vessel with
just the right size accommodation (not too large or small), reasonably
private arrangement, and with enough toys and versatility to keep
the guest aboard fully entertained for a condensed week. A sample
itinerary might be:
settle aboard, explore the local marina, introductions,
under way, experience sailing, break out the fishing gear,
anchor out, sample our catch.
introductory snorkeling, lunch, serious gamefishing
day of snorkeling over a reef with both tenders, gather conch,
lobster, and do some spear fishing
vote, snorkeling, fishing, exploring outer keys
back/or to a departure port, explore ashore, farewell dinner
Its surprising the amount of communication
that will occur, interspersed with these activities out under
the sun and stars, away from the distractions of TV, phones, computers,
traffic, family, etc. There is also a much-needed element of physical
exercise;i.e., rigging and deploying the fishing lines, cranking
the winches, launching the tenders, and snorkeling with fins and
The CEO retreat boat is really geared
toward providing those individuals with a brief de-pressurization
time from the everyday burdens of business and family, and to hopefully
foster some free-thinking, brain-storming time in the company
of one's peers. Three to six individuals is thought to be the correct
formula. Company incentive programs for executives with their families
could also be accommodated.
Unlike the global gamefisherman it's
not necessary that this vessel locate itself in really far away
and/or exotic locations. The CEO should be able to access the vessel
in a max half-day flight. We are blessed on the East coast with
the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Central America, Cuba, all meeting this
access requirement, and offering plenty to experience in our condensed
charter package. The vessel could even locate in the mid-Atlantic
area or New England/Maine in the summer months.
One thing I'm sure of, your clients, potential clients, executive
staff, business associates, etc. would never forget the experience.
Fishing in all of its forms is the singular largest participation
sport in the US. Many anglers have taken the next significant step
and entered the world of offshore fishing, and then tournaments,
etc. These gentlemen spend lots of money to go fishing. There's
a lure to making a world record catch, or to finding that
special fishing spot that's particularly prolific and/or maybe
undiscovered by other anglers.
Many sportsmen might find it hard
to resist at least one charter on our gamefishing boat in some remote
and/or exotic location of the world, unreachable by conventional
craft. Our expeditionary type vessel is designed to have that unlimited
range, free from the fuel requirements that preclude most vessels
from visiting those remote unexplored new fishing areas of the
world. And our catamaran's shallow draft permits us to fish
the deeper ocean upwellings, as well as the shallow lagoons and
banks, concurrently. Then again, they may not just visit us seeking
an exotic location, but rather simply another worldly location that
they know they will never visit in their own boat.
In today's digital world, a camera
on board linked to a satellite provides daily updates to the
vessel's website. Reports on the local fishing conditions, rumored
new hot spots, possible relocations of the vessel itself, connecting
sea ports and air flights, can all be instantly transmitted to the
potential charter client. This versatility was all but impossible
in the days of print media advertising only. And with the use of
a digital camera and scaling, its no longer necessary to keep the
catch, but rather tag-and-release for another sportsman, another
Express. The idea of a charter vessel based on an Asian
theme has long intrigued me, and particularly so after having spent
some time visiting and working throughout SE Asia. Could we capture
some of the romance, intrigue, mystery, and luxury, as was embellished
in Europe's famed Orient Express.
One embodiment might combine the cultures
of Thailand and Japan. Their foods are particular favorites of mine.
They emulate the French in their inventiveness and presentation,
while maintaining a simplicity and healthy (non-fat) quality. Both
cultures make much use of seafood. Fresh sushi on a gamefishing
boat, what a natural. And what if it was served up by a wonderfully
gracious, geisha, sushi chef. Or an afternoon ceviche snack from
fish, lobster, conch gathered by the guest on a dive guided by several
Asian hostesses. We went snorkeling everyday for our ceviche ingredients
while visiting Cuba. Great exercise, beautiful underwater vistas,
and that hunter/gatherer feeling of accomplishment. How about an
authentic Thai massage following this workout.
Our orient lady (the vessel) could
make use of some decorative themes of the orient. Many of their
decorations are quite lightly weighted physically, in keeping with
our lightweight vessel preferences. There are many beautiful nature
and sea design themes from Japan, Thailand, Bali, just to name a
An alternative embodiment might be
more South Seas oriented. The vessel might assume the role of a
mobile, floating Swiss Family Robinson tree house, wandering around
the islands of the world. Her crow's nest (the watch tower), her
expansive deck and trampoline areas (the beach), and any number
of places to hang hammocks, certainly help qualify her.
The Asian charter client will more
likely be attracted to the oriental theme'd vessel, while the American
or European could be equally attracted to either. I think all the
clients would be willing to pay a premium for this specialized service.
Let your imagination wander, then
contact us directly for individual requirements, or questions.
Hand Experience. Intrigued by any of those discussions above?
What you really should do is take a sample trip, a first hand experience.
We would recommend this particularly for those sportfishing gentleman
who question a sailing craft's capability to big-game fish, and/or
those who want to sort out their individual desires for such a custom