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Re: "Free boat" seaworthiness

Originally Posted by SloopJonB View Post
If $350 presents a problem for you at any time, you can't afford a sailboat of any kind.

Trust me.

There's a very good reason why $1000 is called a "Boat buck".

Here's a fresh, concrete example. On Tuesday two friends & I brought my 30' boat down from its berth to be hauled for the winter.

Out of pocket expenditures for me were as follows;

$20 - Food & drink for the trip.
$15 - Gas for the car for the trip.
$10 - Diesel for the boat.
$350 - Haul, pressure wash & block the boat.

And that's only the start - now the real expenses begin.
only $350 to haul, block, and wash? that's a lot better than the price I was quoted! they wanted $650.

I know, everyone says how expensive boat ownership is, and I am sure it can be, but neither of my boats have ever cost me much. of course, not having a motor helps. the holiday came with an outboard, which I bartered for something else. I sail where I go and, if I really have no wind and just can't wait, I have oars or can scull. but, of course, you can't do that, so easily, with a 30 foot boat. no problem with a 20 foot boat, though.
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