Originally Posted by gedaggett
The investment for me to be in a boat that I can cruise here in Chicago would be a $4000.00 per year minimum on top of my initial investment.
This is why we went for a "large" (26') trailerable boat that we can keep at our local small lake's sailing club on a slip for less than $800 per year rather than a larger boat up on Lake Michigan. We could have afforded a bigger boat (not ridiculously bigger..just bigger..) but the $4000 or so a year to store it plus the two hour drive to get to it soured us on that idea. We can always throw it on the trailer and tow it to destinations behind our F250 for long weekend to weeklong excursions! (not worth it to take it down for just a weekend though...sacrifices of having a "large" trailerable.)