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post #29 of Old 10-04-2012
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Re: Champagne taste on a beer budget

I am going to add another view point: In the $10k range, maintenance and slip fees will quickly surpass the purchase price, and you will probably get back most of what you bought the boat for... So, maybe saving a little more and stretching the budget into a boat you really want would be a good choice. However, consider cost saving measures: Plan on doing all the work yourself on the boat (and lots of it in the first few years). Make sure you store the boat in a place you are allowed to work on your own boat. Consider a mooring rather than a slip. Also, don't assume that you will want to move up to another boat in the future. It is possible that a boat in the 27-30 foot range will be just right for anything you plan on doing.

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