Charter Business For Sale in Fiji

Successful high-end charter business for sale in the most highly sought-after Pacific location.

UNIQUE CHARTERS LIMITED is a Fijian registered company which includes a Fijian flagged luxury catamaran launched in 2012 and equipped for fully crewed cruising charters for groups of up to 8 people overnight, or 16 day passengers.

Owning a business in Fiji offers many advantages, including Fijian residency and work permits for the owners. As an additional incentive, significant income tax reduction have just taken place, offering a higher return. Local demand for charters is extremely high, with quality charter operations often booked out up to 18 months ahead.

UNIQUE CHARTERS represents a rare opportunity to invest in the thriving Fijian tourism industry for an owner operator or as a fully managed offshore investment.

The yacht presents in immaculate condition and ready to receive guests today.

MORE ABOUT UNIQUE CHARTERS LIMITED

Unique has been chartering successfully in Fiji from 2013 through until mid 2016 before she was taken out of charter as a private vessel for a family trip. The vessel had rave reviews with many repeat customers. For the first year and a half the owners chartered with up to 8 guests and 2 crew. However, to improve the customer experience and to assist the crew, they later reduced to 6 guests and three crew. The safe manning certificate for Unique requires just two crew – one with a Deck Watch Rating or equivalent and one with a Class 6 commercial.

Unique won the 2013 Aon Fiji Tourism Award in the category of Unique Accomodation.

Over the three years of charter activities, the company saw revenue of FJ$1.4 million.

With 6 guests the vessel charters for FJ$6,500 per day including all meals, soft drink, juices and water. Alcohol is provided at the guests expense, which is purchased wholesale and sold to the guests at retail. Sales tax on the above rate is VAT only at 9%.

The company comes with full compliance paperwork, tax registration and Investment Fiji approvals and will allow any purchaser to move to Fiji under an investors permit to work immediately.

In addition the purchaser will receive all marketing and back of house collateral including the following:

  • Unique Charters Domain including website and email
  • Charter Agreements
  • Contact list of all past charterers
  • Introduction to all international booking agents • Logo and logo package
  • Booking forms
  • Marketing material
  • Photos and Videos 
  • Introduction to local crew and regulators
  • Introduction to doing business in Fiji
  • Unique Charters Facebook and Instagram Accounts

UNIQUE CATAMARAN SHORT DESCRIPTION

S/Y Unique
Gavin Cooke (New Zealand) Custom Sailing Catamaran
LOA: 16.3m, LWL: 15.3m, Beam: 8.6m, Draft: 1.2m, Net Tonnage: 7.3 Year:Launched May 2012
Registration number: Fiji Registration 001204 (No 140 of 2014)
Asking price: US$1.5 million
Hull material: GRP Core (Built to NZ Survey Specifications)
Engines short description: 2 x 15kw Oceanvolt Electric Engines

LAYOUT

The catamaran Unique is custom designed. The hulls are round bilge with an inbuilt spray chine on each side of the hull. The vessel features good boarding access from the stern of each hull and has a very large socialising cockpit complete with drinks fridge and ice maker. Cockpit Table can seat 10. The cabin structure is very stylish with large windows which give great views from inside the cabin. Unique has 4 double cabins (2 in each hull) with two large bathrooms for guests. There are 2 single crew cabins in the bow with crew head and shower.

Water: 2 x 450litres (total 900litres)

Accommodations:

  • 4 x Double guests cabins and 2 x single crew cabin with external access.

  • 2 x Guest bathrooms with electric toilets and showers, 1 x crew manual toilet. 3 x holding tanks – 2 x 250litre guest tanks and 1 x 60litre crew tank. All salt water flushed.

  • Air-conditioning: 2 x Feel Cool Fast 16,000 BTU 230v and 2 x Feel Cool Fast 5,000BTU 230v with Softstarts

  • Hot water:2 x LPG Gas Califont Systems

  • Watermaker: Spectra Newport 400 Watermaker with Z-Brane system.

CONSTRUCTION

  • The hull and deck and cabin structures are composite GRP using epoxy composite below the waterline and orthothelic polyester for most of the other laminates.

  • Core materials are high-density foam and cedar below the waterline.

  • Carbon fibre and Kevlar have been used in high load areas.

  • The hulls are stiffened with Kevlar and carbon fibre stringers, ring frames and plywood bulkheads.

  • Watertight bulkheads are fitted fore and aft of each hull.

  • Exterior surfaces have been fitted and faired to a high standard and are finished in 2 pack products.

UNIQUE'S HISTORY

Built by Gavin Cooke in Christchurch, NZ as a personal vessel, he sold to Graeme and Nigel Skeggs in 2011 where the vessel was completed and rigged at Dickson Boatbuilders in Nelson, NZ.

Gavin is an experienced sailor so it was important for the vessel to have good sailing qualities. It also had to be a very liveable vessel and strong as Gavin’s plans included cruising the entire New Zealand coast. Being a “Southern Man” Gavin was very mindful of the foul weather that can be served up around New Zealand’s coast so the vessel had to be built to cope with whatever came. Plenty of deck space and in particular a generous after deck cockpit is devoted to alfresco entertaining.

The ability to charter the vessel also came into the planning. Ventilation throughout the vessel was important and being a boat builder’s own boat, the vessel was to be uncomplicated and easy to maintain with good access to all areas. Workmanship is without compromise and the finish is to superyacht standard. A tribute to a true craftsman.

Gavin has actively involved in boat design and building since 1964. Over this period, 30 of his innovative designs from his extensive portfolio have been successfully commercialised, including the 36 ft catamaran “Freedom Machine”, leading to the production of approximately 2000 vessels, a number of which have gone to offshore clients. Gavin can also add to his comprehensive abilities, New Zealand titleholder in yachting, and power boating in both Vee bottoms and tunnel hull catamarans. Gavin is the only New Zealander who has designed, built, driven and sailed both powerboats and yachts to achieve National titles.

Once launched in 2012, Unique sailed to Fiji where she was chartered extensively in the high end market by Nigel and Susan Skeggs who come from a superyacht background. The charter business is a Fiji Registered Company called Unique Charters Limited and the vessel is Duty paid and registered in Fiji.

Recently Unique was taken out of charter where Nigel and Susan lived on board for 10 months sailing 7000nm around the Pacific with their 5 and 7 year old daughters. The vessel has recently returned to Fiji where she is now lying and up for sale as boat only or as a going concern with the company and all marketing assets included. With the new electric drive, battery and solar system on board the family did this trip using only 3,000 litres of diesel.

Unique is set up for easy single handed sailing with all halyards, reefing lines and sail control lines led under the bridge deck to the 2 x electric cockpit winches.

A powerful and fun yacht to sail, Unique has proven to be very forgiving and strong in adverse weather conditions, a fast passage maker and an incredibly safe offshore vessel.

 

ENGINES

  • 2 x SD15kw Oceanvolt Electric Motors with 2 x 16.5 x 11SD Gori 3 Blade Folding Props.

  • 2 x SuperB 16kw, 48volt 320AH Lithium Primary Engine Battery Banks controlled by Victron Mult Colour Control with 2 x Victron Multiplus 48/5000/70 Charger/Inverters.

  • 1 x Whisperpower M-GV3 8,000w Generator with 2 x WP-DC 48v 80amp Power Cubes

  • 1 x Whisperpower M-GV4 Piccolo Generator (3kvA)

All above new as at December 2016 – total refit cost NZ$160,000.

Cruising Speed: 5 – 6 knots (Longterm with Main Generator Only) Max speed: 8 knots
Range: 1200nm at 5 knots
Fuel: Diesel Fuel – 2 x 180litres and 1 x 300 litres (total 660litres)

GALLEY AND HOUSEHOLD EQUIPMENT

  • Stove: 4 Burner Gas Hob

  • Oven: Stainless Steel Oven

  • Microwave:Yes 220v

  • Sink: Double Stainless Steel Sinks in Galley

  • Fridge / freezer: 2 x Isotherm CR100 100lt Fridges – Front Opening, 1 x Isotherm B192 Freezer Box 92lt, 1 x Isotherm CR36 Cockpit Drawer Fridge 35lt, 1 x Spray 230 Ice Maker.

  • BBQ:Magma SS LPG BBQ

  • Radio/Stereo:Sony Stereo with Bluetooth connection subwoofer, 2 x Saloon Speakers, 2 x Bow Speakers and 2 x Cockpit Speakers

  • TV and DVD Player

SAILS AND RIG

  • Mainsail: Doyle Crosscut Ply 13oz/Radial Patch/3 Reefs/6 full battens with Antal Batten Cars and Headboard – 120m2 - 2015

  • Genoa: Doyle 11.5 oz 2 Ply with Radial Patches – 54m2 - 2015

  • Code Zero: Doyle MCL 300 with Seldon CX40 Furling system – 143m2 - 2015

  • Gennaker: Lidgard 2 oz Nylon Gennaker with 18mt ATN Dousing Sock – 204m2 2010

  • Storm Jib: Orange 11oz Dacron – 15m2 - 2012

  • Bow sprit: Yes Fixed

  • Mast: Chris Mitchell Custom Design (Applied Engineering Services) Aluminium Mast Forespar 365mm x 200mm with Hammerstrand 316 Stainless Steel Rigging and Antal Mainsail Track Hardware.

  • Boom: Forespar 254mm x 157mm aluminium boom.

  • Headsail Furler: Schaefer Manual Furler

  • All halyards and working lines Dyneema

  • Rigging: All rigging installed in 2012

HULL AND DECK EQUIPMENT

  • Primary anchor / chain: Delta Galvanised 20kg with 100m x 8mm DIN Chain

  • Secondary anchor: Delta Aluminium 10kg with 10m 8mm DIN Chain and 100m Warp

  • Electric windlass: Lewmar V3 with Remote Control

  • Genoa/Gennaker winches: 2 x Harken HBR 60.2 2 Speed Self Tailing Radial Winches - Manual

  • Halyard winches: 2 x Harken 53 2 Speed Self Tailing Winches – Electric

  • Harken 100mm Deck and Control Blocks, Maxi Rope Handling Cleats

  • Deck hatches renewed date: Custom Perspex replaced 2017

  • Covers: Sunbrella Mainsail Cover with Lazyjack System

  • Sprayhood/Dodger: Sunbrella

  • Trampoline: Dyneema Offshore Race Trampoline - 2012

  • UV window covers: Windows covered with Hanita Pacific Perspex PolyZone Silver 20 Film

  • Dock lines: 10 x 3 Strand 25mm lines of various length

  • Deck shower: Hot/Cold Deck Shower on Port Transom

  • Cockpit seating with table for how many pax: 10

  • Cockpit cushions: Sunbrella Outdoor Designer

MACHINERY

  • Engines: Full description: 2 x SD15kw Oceanvolt Electric Motors

  • Gear box: Nil

  • Prop type / drive type: 2 x 16.5 x 11SD Gori 3 Blade Folding Props.

ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS

  • 48volt: 2 x SuperB 16kw, 48volt 320AH Lithium Primary Engine Battery Banks controlled by Victron Mult Colour Control with 2 x Victron Multiplus 48/5000/70 Charger/Inverters.

  • 12volt House Services: 3 x 250 amp hour AGM Gel Batteries with 1 x Mastervolt 12/2000/100 Amp Charger/Inverter and 1 x Mastervolt 12/100 Amp
    Charger. 12volt Mastervolt Mastershunt Battery Management System with Easyview.

  • 12volt 70AH VHF Battery

  • 2 x 12volt 70AH Start Batteries with parallel switches to house batteries.

  • Electrical outlets: Multiple 220v 3 Pin Outlets and 12v charging outlets

GENERATORS AND CHARGING EQUIPMENT

  • 1 x Whisperpower M-GV3 8,000w Generator with 2 x WP-DC 48v 80amp Power Cubes

  • 1 x Whisperpower M-GV4 Piccolo Generator (3kvA)

  • Solar panels:8 x 250watt Trina Solid Solar Panels

  • Regulator: 2 x Victron MPPT 150/45 Solar Charge Controllers

ELECTRONICS AND NAVIGATION

  • Wind / depth / log / speed: Simrad with Seatalk System

  • Nav: Raymarine C172 with Navionics Chart Pack

  • Compass:Yes

  • VHF: Raymarine with cockpit speaker

  • Sat Phone: Cobham Sailor Fleet One on Inmarsat Fleet One Global

  • Autopilot: Raymarine SPX30 Smartpilot with Rotary Drive and Remote Control

  • Radar: Raymarine 4G Digital

  • AIS class B: Raymarine AIS650

  • Handheld VHF: 1 x Icom Waterproof Floating

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

  • EPIRB: 406-121.5 Mhz GPS EPIRB

  • Liferaft: RFD Pacific 10 Person Cat 1 Liferaft - Solid

  • Drogue: 1 x Seaclaw Drogue/Emergency Steering, 1 x Parachute Drogue

  • Life vests: 10 x Cat 1 Inflatable with Lanyards

  • Flares: 4 x Handheld, 6 x Parachute and 4 x Smoke

  • Medical kit: Extensive Category 1 Offshore

  • Electric bilge pumps: 8

  • Manual bilge pumps: 4

  • Other safety items: Floating Grab Bag, Jack Stays, 2 x 18m Throwing Lines, Mobri Radar Reflector, Ships Clock, Barometer, Bosuns Chair, Emergency Hydraulic Rigging Cutter, Sail Repair Kit

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Dinghy: AB Inflatable 13AL with Danforth Anchor, Anchor Locker and SS Boarding Ladder

  • Outboard engine: Yamaha F20BEHPL 4 Stroke with Electric Start/Tilt

  • Fenders: 8 Inflatable

  • Boathook:1

For more information on this UNIQUE opportunity please contact Anna at Nautilus Yacht Management Pty Ltd. or visit UNIQUE CHARTERS WEBSITE http://uniquechartersfiji.com/