Buying a boat and making money: mirage or reality? We’ve discussed it with Barcando Charter
Barcando Charter : management solutions in focus
The world of recreational boating is constantly changing and many are the new solutions offered to buy a boat without having to lose sleep over the purchase. After all, innovations in terms of holidays and mobility are a daily occurrence and it is unavoidable that boating, too, evolves in order to keep up with times.
Moreover, boats are a commodity that, by definition, is used only for a very little percentage of the time you have and it is therefore easy to think that some costs can be recovered when they are not in use.
Today, many societies offer this type of service but there is one in particular that has caught our attention and that we have decided to analyze. Yes, because this company has developed an innovative management solution that seems to solve the dilemma of not having the possibility to use the boat in summer in order to make it work and therefore to maximize its return and that of using it while sacrificing most of profits.
We’re talking about Barcando Charter that, unlike many other operators, seems to have found the definitive solution because it not only guarantees a sufficiently long vacation time on board your boat in high season but it also guarantees profits that are higher than the cost required if the boat is purchased through them.
For this reason, we visited their headquarters located within Darsena San Marco, in Grado, Italy. There, we were welcomed by Antonio Palermiti, the responsible for the management solutions and the holiday booking of the group; having established that the company exists and is also strong, we have literally bothered him with a lot of questions, giving him a sort of third degree.
LDA (Luca D’Ambrosio): Antonio, is it really true that, if I buy a boat from you, I can use it during my holidays and make money? Excuse my skepticism but, in this case, it is imperative.
AP (Antonio Palermiti): We are born from the 30-year nautical experience of Adria Ship that, together with two other partners, founded Barcando Charter a few years ago. Today, the society has many nautical bases, both in the Adriatic and in the Tyrrhenian Sea, all with a strategical position to visit Croatia, Corsica, Sardinia, islands, Sicily, Greece and even Caribbean. This gives us the possibility to guarantee our customers that boats will work throughout the year and this is the first ingredient to guarantee boat owners the return of their investments.
LDA: Investment? Boats are an expense, not an investment, aren’t they?
AP: Not with us. We have managed to improve our way of working and, now, we can reimburse the owner, for example in the case of a catamaran, up to 70% of what we earn for holidays. Moreover, we are able to guarantee, according to the formula selected by the boat owner himself, also a minimum annual return that not only cover the leasing cost of the boat but can also generate an excellent margin.
AP: We have a special formula called “ Carefree” where we pay all the boat expenses and guarantee a minimum two-digit return on the purchase value of the boat. However, our strength is represented by our custom solutions, we are very flexible and we create special solutions that are able to meet the specific needs of our customers so that they can have their boat whenever they want.
LDA: Which shipyards do you work with? Can the boat owner choose the boat he wants?
AP: We work with all the major Europe’s boat manufacturers, so we have no limits even if, with some brands like Bali and Catana for catamarans and Elan and Beneteau for sailboats, we have some particularly favourable conditions.
LDA: Antonio, what you are telling us today is very interesting. What’s the secret of your success?
AP: We’re constantly growing, without excesses, and we manage fewer boats than those that are directly owned by the society itself. This way, boats always work a lot and profits are interesting. In short: we don’t sell more boats than those that we can make work.
Well, after having listened to these words, it is easy to end up dreaming of a new boat or a bigger, more modern one. I’m starting to love these new purchasing solutions.
If you don’t believe that, you can contact Barcando Charter and ask it yourself as we did.
Barcando Charter – Darsena San Marco – Grado