2x8m vs 1x10m for Tour
I already have the idea for a tour, and have been speaking to various manufacturers across the US and Europe, a few of which are on this board. This thread isn't about which is better, etc, just the concept.
I'm debating whether to do two 7.8-8m boats or one 10m boat.
The tour is about an hour, through protected waters and a bit outside, but if bad weather could stay on the inside.
In terms of financing, I think we can stretch it either way, as overall they'll be similar. The two 8m boats would be more than the single 10m.
Both would run off of Verado 300's, either a single or twins. Preferably a bench seat in the back, console, then dual pod seats forward.
The 10m could handle 16+2, where an 8m could handle 10+2 comfortably.
Obviously would have to hire 2x the crew for the 2 smaller boats vs the larger 10m.
The smaller boats would allow to run a single boat for less people on the tour. They would also allow for one boat to be down while the other one could still be in operation.
The single boat would have two engines, so if one went down it could still get home. It would also make it easier and more comforting to run to further destinations for charters or new tours.
Two boats would also allow for two separate tours to be running at similar times, whereas having just one boat would limit that option. Targeting cruise ships and hotels, so having two boats might be easier to schedule and keep running.
Any input would be greatly appreciated, especially in terms of tours you've been on...I have not been on one yet! But plan to in the next few weeks.