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    Default Starting a boat rental business

    Hi, My fiancees brother (a dominican commercial fishing boat captain) wants to ship a boat here to rent around the Cabarete area. He asked me if he could make money doing this. I did not have a clue.

    His boat is a 19 foot "regular" Maco or Mako- I do not know this type of boat. It has twin 60 hp 4 strokes.

    He would rent it out for fishing, diving, sightseeing, whatever. Anybody have ideas as to whether this would be worth the effort?? thanks, tom

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    A lot depends on where the boat is now.

    Talk to Ken here on DR1 about anything nautical....he knows about the taxes and the stumbling blocks.

    Don't you go putting money into it until you know a lot more about it...

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    How many people will it hold and will it go as far as Puerto Rico

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    I'd love to know the answers to this one also. I have a lovely 27' Nimble Kodiak yawl sitting on her trailer in Maryland. Holding only 5-6 people at the most and traveling at 5-6 kts on an 18 hp diesel engine she surely would not be thought of as a candidate for the people or drug trade but with a draft of 2'8" she will go damm near anywhere.


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    Wish I could get a post to stay!
    WTF?????
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    Quote Originally Posted by karlheinz View Post
    I have a lovely 27' Nimble Kodiak yawl sitting on her trailer in Maryland.
    How do you plan on getting that from MD to RD?

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    Get a "Yola" Captain!
    They are fearless!
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    Is the brother a Dominican citizen living in the DR. If so, he knows who he must see and what permissions will be required for him to use the boat in the proposed way. Among those who must be consulted is the Port Commander. The Marina de Guerra controls the ports and enforces the rules which are strict. Unlike the US and most countries in the Caribbean, you can't just leave the harbor whenever you want. You must get permission, which might be required every trip or some other arrangement might be worked out with the Port Commander

    There is a catamaran type power boat in Sosua that takes people out fishing. I think the owner/captain has an arrangement with hotels. I have no idea how much business it has. I understand there are fishing boats that go out of Puerto Plata, but don't know about the boats or their success.

    The problem with going off shore on the North Coast is that during the winter tourist season the sea is often quite rough. When the fronts pass that bring us rain they also kick up big wave. I would not want to be out in the sort of boat you mention.

    The sea off the south coast is better for a small boat, but I don't know any thing about the demand, etc.

    But wherever he goes with the boat in the DR, you can be sure he will have to deal with the Comandante del Puerto.

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    Hey Ken, Thanks for the post. Very informative. Rosa's brother Edward is a Dominican citizen.

    I do agree that it is probably too rough for a smaller (tourist) boat and it seems that there is not all that much tourist boat traffic even during high season. Well, not really much boat traffic of any type at all around Cabarete unless you count kitesurfers!!

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    Is the brother a Dominican citizen living in the DR. If so, he knows who he must see and what permissions will be required for him to use the boat in the proposed way. Among those who must be consulted is the Port Commander. The Marina de Guerra controls the ports and enforces the rules which are strict. Unlike the US and most countries in the Caribbean, you can't just leave the harbor whenever you want. You must get permission, which might be required every trip or some other arrangement might be worked out with the Port Commander

    There is a catamaran type power boat in Sosua that takes people out fishing. I think the owner/captain has an arrangement with hotels. I have no idea how much business it has. I understand there are fishing boats that go out of Puerto Plata, but don't know about the boats or their success.

    The problem with going off shore on the North Coast is that during the winter tourist season the sea is often quite rough. When the fronts pass that bring us rain they also kick up big wave. I would not want to be out in the sort of boat you mention.

    The sea off the south coast is better for a small boat, but I don't know any thing about the demand, etc.

    But wherever he goes with the boat in the DR, you can be sure he will have to deal with the Comandante del Puerto.

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    very good question !! - I have been thinking of having it shipped to PR and then sailing across the Mona Passage.

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