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Boat Timeshares - A Unique Vacationing Experience
by: Dana Sanders
If youíve dreamed of sailing the seven seas, but donít necessarily have the bank
account to buy a luxury vessel, donít despair. There are ways to make that dream
happen without breaking your bank.
Boat timeshares offer a unique vacationing experience for almost any budget. By
getting involved in a timeshare, you have the right to use that luxury vessel to
make your dreams come true, but you alone are not solely responsible for all the
expenses. Timeshares provide an excellent way for someone not willing or able to
take on the expense of purchasing a great vacationing boat themselves to still
experience the adventure of life on the water.
A variety of companies offer would-be Captain Ahabís the ability to take to the
sea without shelling out a lot of cash. Boat timeshare companies and programs
are readily available and accessible across the Internet. Boating timeshare
companies are active all over the world with even some finding their homes on
Americaís Great Lakes.
Basically, a boat timeshare offers a sailor a chance to buy into a piece of a
boat for a season. Similar to a yacht club, but without all the expenses of
owning your own yacht, these programs lets sailors sail minus the headaches.
Some programs allow members to purchase blocks of time over the course of a
sailing season to use a boat. Many programs work by giving several ďskippersĒ
the same boat during the sailing season. These skippers book multiple sail
times, show up, sail, have a blast and return the boat for the next skipper to
While boat timeshares provide everything needed to sail, members still are
responsible for making sure the boat is in good condition when itís returned.
Swabbing the deck isnít out of the question. However, many timeshare programs
will even go as far as to include maintenance, fuel and so on in the initial
price. This leaves the member responsible for simply safely piloting the vessel,
keeping it clean and enjoying their high seas adventure with their family and
friends for a fraction of the price of owning a yacht themselves. The insurance,
boat licensing and other worries are generally handled by the timeshare company
For those who lack the skills to man their own vessels, many boat timeshares
will provide a crew including a captain, instructor, and/or cook at a small
additional cost. One company in particular, Trade Winds Cruise Club, offers
all-inclusive cabin rentals and is RCIís (Resorts Condominiums International)
only Caribbean yachting affiliate. As an RCI Member, you have the option of
exchanging your timeshare week for a cabin space onboard crewed catamaran
So, what is pricing like for these nautical adventures? Not bad considering a
luxury boat can cost thousands and thousands of dollars. And even better when
you consider buying your own boat doesnít include fuel, maintenance, licensing
and insurance costs and so on! A timeshare that covers an entire boating season
can cost upwards of $7,000, a reasonable expense considering the headaches
removed by taking part in such a venture.
To learn more about boat timeshares and the unique vacation opportunities they
provide, just log on to the Internet and visit locations such as http://www.atimesharesz.com/boattimeshare
to do a thorough search. A variety of companies with different programs and
options are operating in a bevy of locations around the world.
© Copyright 2004 by Dana Sanders. All rights reserved.
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