So, I've been kicking the idea around of picking up a Roamer in the next couple years. But I really have a tough time justifying a $400-500K boat just for pleasure.
I would probably only use it 15 times a summer or so realistically, and in addition, recouping some expenses the tax write offs would be advantageous as well.
I have no desire to personally run a six pack charter though - but what do you think is the feasibility of finding a captain to lease your "personal" boat from to make a buck and offset the expense of your toys?
The two biggest downsides I could see are scheduling - sometimes you just can't schedule good weather, but the charter would HAVE to be able to plan in advance for bookings. Then when a gorgeous weekend came along, you can't even use your own boat because some yuppies from Philly are trying to hook a 'but and knocking back some cold ones on YOUR deck.
Second is just equipment wear and tear, however, if you captain is close to as anal as you are, I don't think this would be a huge issue.
As to the Roamer, there's really no other Fiberglass boats out there as nice. With the twin D6 - 370's, empty I could hit 60mph. I'd also put a 1200lb davit on the stern for loading and unloading toys/building materials from the deck. And my wife would like the interior amenities - no other small boat is able to incorporate the quarter berth stateroom under the dinette.
But I'm getting off track - any feedback would appreciated as to ways to earn some income from personal toys.