WHY GO ON A CHARTER
If you are reading this then you may be interested in the cost comparisons of having your own boat versus a few charters per year.
Lets start with your boat. Say you want one that won't sink and can take maybe a couple of mates (or even your wife) with you. I think you would at least want a 5m plus for down here. You could have something smaller if you were in sheltered waters like Auckland, Coromandel etc. But here it can get a little gnarly quickly so you don't want to get caught out in a small boat. (Although we see plenty of people out in areas in small craft where it is just plainly dumb to be). So for this out lay I am picking $35K for a reasonable second hander.
Then being a responsible person you need to make sure it is equipped with all the safety gear including a VHF, fire extinguishers, flares (up to date) first aid, spare petrol, life jackets, the list goes on. Once you have your boat set up on your tralier you have to have a wagon to tow it. But I won't allow for that in this excercise.
Running costs are quite high here especially if you have mates with short arms or given the benefit of the doubt don't understand the costs involved taking your boat out for the day and slip you $20 and thank you for letting them use your fishing gear of which $20 of sinkers are still on the bottom.
So here we go:
Costs based on 5.5m fibre glass boat running a 115HP 2 stroke.
Trailer rego $100
Boat insurance $380
Annual tune up $450
Petrol per trip 30L @ $2.20 including oil = $64 annual fuel 17 x 64 = $1088
Boat finance (assuming you have the cash) $35,000 @ 4% $1400 less tax say $980
Average engine hours per year 50
Average engine trip 3 hours (17 trips per year)
Plus bait and misc items for each trip @ $15 per trip = $255
Not including fishing gear and not catching fish.
Annual total $100 + $380 + $450 + $1088 + $980 + $255 = $3253
Trip cost @ 17 per annum = $191
Charter cost $150 per person.
This excercise is not taking into account the pleasure you have from owning and caring for your own boat and taking you friends out for a days fishing. If you have anything to add to this, drop me a line firstname.lastname@example.org
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