Opportunities for the Entrepreneur
It must be remembered that boats can be viewed as simply holes in the water into which much money must be thrown to maintain and operate any boat. This fact can be used to advantage by an outside entrepreneur. A case in point is that of a Captain of a car ferry that operates between Lymington and Yarmouth, two towns on the South Coast of England. He observed that the majority of the yachts moored in the Lymington Yacht Haven were left in the Haven for months, in which time they were not used. Of course, the owners were wealthy but their wealth came about through being shrewd about money. He set out to offer, to interested yacht owners, the opportunity to cover the costs that they were incurring through mooring, operating and depreciation of their asset, their yacht. He offered to operate a boat chartering service to none boat owners on the basis that the chartered boat would be chartered to only experienced yachtsmen and that the boat would be returned to the owner in the same state as first chartered out. The person chartering the boat would pay for the charter an amount of money which would be shared between the boat owner and the charter company. The Captain of the ferry was soon able to terminate his job on the ferry and to concentrate on building up his new chartering business. He now owns four boats in his own right and charters 20 plus boats on a regular basis.
Yachts based in the Eastern Caribbean
In the Eastern Caribbean there are many islands on which sailing businesses have grown and are flourishing. A group of islands, known as the Virgin Islands, are home to major international sailing businesses. As these businesses have grown there is an ever expanding number of yachts located there which are chartered by a growing number of sailing tourists which I shall refer to as Tour-sailors. However, the disadvantage of locating Yachts in the Virgin Islands and other islands in the Eastern Caribbean is the impact that occurs on businesses in the hurricane season.
The Hurricane Season
As a young Merchant Navy Engineer in the 1960’s I was always intrigued when sailing off the coast of West Africa in areas were the sea was completely calm. In such circumstances, I witnessed what appeared to be “magic” mini water spouts hovering to a height of about one metre above the surface of the water. These mini-spouts, I believe, are the seeds of the majestic cloud formations that grow as the seeds move westwards towards the South American coast. Their apparent movement occurs as the earth turns below them carrying them westwards. However, as they grow in strength another factor comes into play. Heated air at the equator rises vertically and then laterally away for the equator. This factor influences the growing mass of circulating cloud to deviate the centre of the rotating cloud to the North. Hence as the mass of hot rising and circulating air carries moisture higher and higher the energy rapidly increases and it is deemed a Hurricane by the US Observers.
Hurricanes are generated from June to November each year and their course takes them on a curving trajectory, after they have crossed from mid Atlantic, from the North East land fall of the South Americas to land falls between the Gulf of Mexico to the South Coast of North America, Florida etc. Occasionally, they may be so deviated to travel up the West Coast Of North America doing significant damage along the coast line, before continuing onwards whilst deviating in eastward direction until making landfall in Europe.
Hurricanes, whilst crossing the Caribbean cause significant and costly damage to anything in their path, this includes expensive yachts. Further, the actual path of a hurricane can not easily be predicted and therefore much planning has to occur across the possible hurricane paths to either secure or remove all moveables,including yachts. Accordingly, the major yacht chartering companies of the World who do business in the Eastern Caribbean have to protect there assets from July to November every year. It can be understood therefore that for six months of the year their business of yacht chartering is suspended and they at the same time the yachts have to be protected.
Protection of assets has to be contemplated and executed across the wide swath of the Caribbean through which the are of a specific hurricane may travel. However, this infers that much work of protection may be in areas that, at the end of the hurricane season, have not experienced a hurricane. Accordingly, there may have been a lot of money invested in protecting assets which cannot be recuperated and which need not have been spent.
Yacht owners take three basic courses of action, at this time, to protect their yachts
a) sailing to the nearest protected landfall North outside of the hurricane belt
b) sailing to the nearest protected landfall South outside of the hurricane belt
c) taking them out of the water and place in protected zones
Action (c) has some interesting but expensive variation including placing them in cellars in the ground.
The question I raise is has the relocation of the yachts to the South Eastern end of the Caribbean been considered in the period June to November. Note that the South East of the Caribbean is not within the Hurricane belt The port of Cartagena des Indias would be a location that offers services to maintain and repair yachts whilst being a point from which the chartering of the yachts could continue during the hurricane season. This I would say is action(d) and has distinct possibilities.
In the sheltered waters of Cartagena des Indias there is boat maintenance and repair business that has an excellent reputation for workmanship. This reputation attracts boat owners that live near the business but also who live many thousands of miles away from the business.
In the last two years I have had discussions with UK Sailing organisations and when the South Western corner of the Caribbean is mooted as a destination the response is that they are not prepared to place there vessel in that area. The question what risk to they perceive over the possible risk that is to be anticipated by having there vessel operate in the South Western area of the Caribbean
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I want to learn to sail = Quiero aprender a navegar.
I want to learn English = Quiero aprender Inglés,
Cheapest english schools in London = Escuelas Inglés baratos en londres,
How to get a job on a ship = Cómo conseguir un trabajo en un barco,
How to get a job on a cruise ship = Cómo conseguir un trabajo en un crucer,
Travel the world = Viajar por el mundo,
Applying for a visa = Solicitar una visa,
Exchanges for English = Intercambios para Inglés
Sailing in England = Vela en Inglaterra
Exchanges for English and sailing lessons = Intercambios de clases de inglés y de vela
On the coast = Sur la costa